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Day Twenty: Heroes

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 2 Samuel 6:12-19 Hebrews 1:5-14 One of the questions that I’ve most enjoyed asking young people – both within church and school settings – over the years is to identify their heroes. The answers always follow the same pattern: a few joking proclamations of “I’m Batman” or […]

An Advent Candle Poem/Prayer

For use in congregations/communities who light a candle each Sunday in Advent leading up to Christmas following the traditional pattern of prophets (hope), Mary and Joseph (faith), shepherds (joy), angels (peace) and Jesus (love) … a simple poem/prayer in five parts with an additional “verse” to be said as a […]

Of this I am sure

*a reflection based on Ecclesiastes 12 and John 12:44-50* I want you to think for a moment of something you’re sure of; something you know deep down inside to be absolutely infallible, 100% certain and true. Perhaps you want to share it with your neighbour or your friend …. If […]

Come. Drink. Flow.

A reflection for Pentecost. Based on John 7:37-39 There is a story* told by the rabbis of old of a great and harsh desert which people were hesitant to cross because of its scorching heat and shifting sands. In the midst of the barren and dangerous wilderness was a well […]

Good Shepherd Sunday

*A traditional service based on lectionary readings for Easter 4 – Psalm 23, John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, and 1 Peter 2:19-25* Hymn Suggestions: Crown him with many crowns Amazing grace When I survey the wondrous cross Jesus! The name high over all How great Thou art! The Lord’s my shepherd […]

Last lessons: Discomfort

*Tennebrae/Thursday in Holy Week: John 13:1-17,31b-35*   “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Verse 14 Oh Lord who honoured the sacred tradition of Passover, and, in your last days, planted seeds of an eternal legacy within your disciples, […]

The power of a name

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. ~Tess Scott In John 20:11-18, angels, titles, roles, designations – mommy, wife, daughter, reverend, sister, friend – cannot break through Mary’s blinding loss and grief. Yet by uttering her name, Jesus changes […]

In the beginning

A Message for Confirmands based on John 1 and Genesis 1: 15 September 2013 In the beginning … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. In the beginning … In the beginning God […]