Awake, awake to love and work!

On a recent Sunday morning our Minister said “Our closing hymn is number 608, “Awake, awake to love and work!  The lark is in the sky…” At this point I glanced idly down to the author and read G A Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929).  At once I was transported back to the story of a young priest […]

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Seeds of Time

This morning in the fitful early light Beyond the near, familiar scene I saw, Beyond the cherries, pines and copper beech, Beyond the pitch of roofs, a further tree, Distant, unmarked before, which now emerged, Shining against grey cloud, ethereal, Its thinning leaves light green and touched with gold. Its fragile beauty, knocking at my […]

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Mind the Gap

This week, representatives of the United Reformed Church, together with other Christian Churches and charities, delivered a strong message on poverty to prime minister David Cameron.  This coincides with the launch of Church Action on Poverty’s three year campaign entitled Close the Gap, which challenges Church and political leaders to give, act and pray to […]

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Reform Magazine Announces URC News Digest

REFORM magazine is marking the New Year with the launch of ‘Digest’ – four dedicated pages of news from the United Reformed Church.  The Digest will be a self-contained newsletter-style section within the magazine, concentrating exclusively on denominational and local church stories. REFORM editor Kay Parris said: “The Digest will give us the opportunity to […]

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Star In the East

Magi in their mystery, Studying the skies, First received the message That a king should rise. Many duties claimed them, Cares of peace and war; Far and faint the promise Offered by a star. Yet the wise men followed, Taking various ways, Trusting in the portent Many nights and days. So the star led onward […]

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New General Secretary for CWM

Rev Dr Collin Cowan has taken up his new role as General Secretary of Council for World Mission.   Previously General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Cowan is sure about the values and direction that will shape his leadership: “I have a passion for justice,” he says. “All […]

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Ice and Fire – Winter 2009

Ice and Fire – Winter 2009 The week before Christmas it came – the year’s first snow And a biting chill which ruled the day and the night. Surely the sun was banished and stripped of power In the annual fight which is waged between fire and ice. Yet the sun broke through when at […]

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