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Who is Jesus?

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The introductory reading to this talk is Mark 1:9-15.  The urgency in Mark’s gospel in indicated by his use of the word ‘immediately’ – some forty times. Simon Phipps explores the ‘grand plan’ of Mark’s gospel and the question Mark is answering: Who is Jesus?  In our desire to be a disciple-making church Simon focuses […]

The Transfiguration

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The passage in the lectionary today, Mark 9:2-9, comes in the context of Jesus’ question to the disciples; ‘Who do you think I am?’, and his preparation of the disciples for the coming crucifixion.  The disciples hear God speak about his Son.  The transfiguration shows them God ‘glorifying’ his Son – the ‘metamorphosed’ Jesus reveals […]

Where is the Lamb?

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Mark takes the passage from Luke 2:22-40 and shows insights into the big story of God, connections between the Old and the New Covenants, the sacrificial lambs of Hebraic worship, Mary and Joseph’s poverty seen through the sacrifice they offer as they bring Jesus to the Temple, the wonder of Simeon and Anna’s faithful waiting […]

Wedding at Cana

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In the first part Jan Smith takes a narrative approach to the gospel reading for today: John 2:1-11 , telling the story as a “friend of Mary” and, in the second, considers how we often approach God in prayer with an “action list” for him.  

Mark propels is into the mission of Jesus

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Mark 1: 4-13  On this first Sunday of Epiphany, the gospel writer propels us into the story of Jesus not unlike the way in which we read of the Holy Spirit propels Jesus into the wilderness temptations.  Here we find details which should cause us to see Jesus in the big story of God. It […]

Bold witnesses

Peter and Rosie Cunliffe each speak from Acts 4:1-22 about the boldness of Peter’s witness and the work of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of the ‘Cornerstone’.  This recording gives a taster of ‘Church at Home’ and includes the full reading from Acts 4. Songs, interviews and prayers are not included.

Finding faith on the Emmaus Road

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Luke 24:13-35.  Peter’s challenge is to hear the Bible story with more questions—not just ones that question the facts, more the kind that ask, “How does this relate to me?” “What can I learn from this story today?” “What is God saying to me?” As these bewildered Disciples start home for Emmaus they are deep […]

Breakfast with Jesus

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Ruth Terrell speaks of the resurrected Jesus from John 21:1-14.  In this third resurrection appearance in John’s gospel we find seven of the disciples have returned home to Galilee and back to that which they are most familiar – fishing.  But, the ‘new normal’ is not the old; Jesus begins by not only meeting their […]

Easter Day zoom

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This third Zoom service was over subscribed.  “Sorry” to those who did not get in.  We will make the narrow gate a little wider for next Sunday. We had about 150+ people in all on 100 devices. Here is a taster with Peter’s address from John 20;  ‘Recognising You’ by Amy Scott Robinson, Richard Lyall of […]