A thought for January: A New Year’s Revolution?

By the time you read this, I’m sure quite a few New Year’s Resolutions will have been made and broken. Not so much the ones like “lose weight” or “eat more fruit” which can’t really be judged in the short term, but certainly the make-or-break ones like “stop smoking”. That’s because resolutions require resolve! It’s not enough just to have a feeling that something would be a good idea – resolutions must spring from deep within us where our willpower wrestles with the force of habit and our fondness for instant gratification. Will power must also battle with inertia, and impatience – ...
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The Visit: a sermon from 23rd December 2018

Mary was too young, a virgin: Elizabeth was too old, barren. Both were somewhat outcast because of their pregancy background, but would bear children who would accept and embrace those in society nobody else wanted. Can we welcome people in our neighbourhood, our community in the same manner as Jesus did - being akin to the light of our Advent candles, reflecting the glory of Jesus to come to others? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGGx-gamI34
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Gratitude: a sermon from 9th December 2018

It's so easy to look at our day to notice what is difficult, and what we need. But, if we start from a place of gratitude, we stop to notice the opportunities, we stop to notice God in that moment. With the TV and retailers bombarding us with what they think we need for Christmas, why not bring gratitude into your preparations? How different may the days running up to Christmas be, if we approach them thanking God for who we are, for those around us and for all that we have? With thanks to Forest Hill South Park for their video on gratitude, which rounded up our service today. https://ww...
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Advent: a sermon from 2nd December 2018

As the new Church year starts with the first Sunday of Advent, Anne talks about our Gospel reading, as we unpack Luke 21 - and Jesus warnings of the end times. However, we can choose to live as the children of God, seeing the good things in life; the blessings of this world. We can hold fast to the promise of summer following spring and look forward not just to Christmas later this month - but the wonder of life in eternity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6lCNuVVWOQ
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