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6 07, 2020

Independence Day – Is this a time for burden sharing?

July 6th, 2020|

Jesus said: ‘But to what will I compare this generation?’ (Matthew 11:16) The other day my socially distanced walk took me to the small lake at Roundhay Park in north Leeds.  I saw a new generation of baby coots being fed.  Whilst some balanced on a log waiting for their next meal, one keen to get fed, closely followed their mother.  What type of world will they grow up in? This lake at first sight looks a safe place, but there are lots of dangers and predators all around.  One day the baby coots will need to look after themselves [...]

29 06, 2020

GROWTH?

June 29th, 2020|

Have you noticed things growing during the last three months?  Many of us are in need of a haircut and perhaps a new diet.  Lawns, plants and weeds are growing well in gardens. The flower bed in our back garden is filling up as perennials we planted in the spring are flourishing. Can you say the same about your faith and discipleship? Are you growing a little more each day?  If so, that’s wonderful: please continue with what you’ve been doing!  Or, has your discipleship faltered or your faith begun to wilt? The good news is that, as with gardening, [...]

24 06, 2020

Faith and Hope in an Emerging World

June 24th, 2020|

We are a people of hope worshipping a God of love and that, we say, is the message we have to share. Last Sunday – Trinity Sunday – I listened to a sermon which shared just that message and I confess to coming away disappointed. As I listened I tried to hear the words as someone for whom the hope and the comfort seemed distant. The hungry, the lonely, the grieving – people amongst whom we live, indeed, any of these may be your experience too. Churches we are told this week may open their doors for private prayer, many [...]

17 06, 2020

“Good-bye”

June 17th, 2020|

“And so this is good-bye. You’re not going to see me again, nor I you, you whom I have gone among for so long proclaiming the news of God’s inaugurated kingdom. I’ve done my best for you, given you my all, held back nothing of God’s will for you. Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.” The quote marks give it away – these aren’t [...]

15 06, 2020

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you

June 15th, 2020|

The Yorkshire Synod Children and Youth Work Committee released a document in late 2019 which outlined their vision for children and young people in the synod, alongside 4 key values that churches are invited to consider in their own ministry with children and young people. This vision is ‘to be churches where every child and young person in Yorkshire can experience the love of Jesus’ and the four key values are to be church every day, to value everyone equally, to be safe and welcoming to all and to be a church that goes out. Recently I have been thinking [...]

10 06, 2020

Thank You!

June 10th, 2020|

“I always think that we all live, spiritually, by what others have given us in the significant hours of our life. These significant hours do not announce themselves as coming but arrive unexpectedly.  Nor do they make a great show of themselves; they pass almost unperceived. Often, indeed, their significance comes home to us first as we look back, just as the beauty of a piece of music or a landscape often strikes us first in our recollection of it. Much that has become our own in gentleness, modesty, kindness, willingness to forgive, in veracity, loyalty, resignation under suffering, we [...]

8 06, 2020

Trusting in God’s dependable love

June 8th, 2020|

We have got used to seeing lots of rainbows lately, displayed in people’s windows to show support and gratitude for NHS staff during the current pandemic. Rainbows have a special place in many cultures, including Jewish and Christian tradition through the story of Noah, with which Jesus was familiar. In Genesis 9 we read that after the flood God set his rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant with Noah never again to destroy life on earth by a flood. It would also remind God of the covenant every time he saw a rainbow. The Hebrew word [...]

3 06, 2020

How to come out of Lockdown!

June 3rd, 2020|

It was years before that Jesus had sent out his disciples into the towns and villages, to tell everyone the good news of God’s love, challenging people to repent, to heal the sick and restore people’s lives. And so they did, with boldness and confidence! Who would have thought that they would ever be hiding away for weeks, spending the time in prayer, but frightened to venture out, in fear of the authorities? Just like them, we were called to follow Jesus out into our communities to share the Love of God through our words and deeds. Who would have [...]

1 06, 2020

When they saw him, they worshipped; but some doubted

June 1st, 2020|

A few weeks ago a healthy friend of mine very nearly died of Covid-19. His wife rang me with the news that there was nothing more that could be done. Would I pray for him, she asked? So in this desperate moment we prayed over the ‘phone. Hours later he began to recover. He is now home. It was a miracle and, if you ever needed proof of the power of prayer, this was it. His wife agreed with me that He was indeed an amazing God. But all her husband could say was, ‘God caused this pandemic. Why should [...]

27 05, 2020

….and I am a Hopeful Hopeless Case

May 27th, 2020|

…and so I write in response to Jamie Kissack’s previous Christian Comment on the Yorkshire Website, and I know you too will be blessed by his strong words “We have a HOPE”. His strength and wisdom are the gift of God for him at this time, just as they were given to Joshua in Biblical times: “I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 Common English Bible) Then, and now we need to know that God will be with us wherever we [...]