New Year 2021

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Peter Cunliffe introduces the New Year with a call to stop and listen to what God is saying to us through the preaching from the lectionary readings. Peter reminds us that our lives are lived only through the gracious hand of God. We need the light of Jesus to protect us from the oppression of […]

Confidence in a Complex World 5.

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Confidence in our witness to the Lord Jesus.  1 Peter 3:13-4:6 Simon Phipps shares his own story of coming to faith from a dairy farm in Dorset to a factory in West Yorkshire. He speaks about the power of story, the need to be prepared to share our own and the importance of prayer.

Confidence in a Complex World 4.

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Confidence in Relationships 1 Peter 3:1-12 In this talk Jan sets out a the cultural context of Peter’s writing, showing how his address to women and slaves subverts the cultural norm alongside his instruction to women. Jan acknowledges the hard questions that come from unanswered prayers, and encourages us to share our faith when the […]

Confidence in a Complex World 3.

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Confident in the World 1 Peter 2:11-25 There is a break in internet connectivity near the beginning of this recording.  Please continuing listening.  Jan Smith recognises the current Corona virus pandemic is giving the church a unique opportunity to ‘pause’ and probably to ‘reset’ before continuing to ‘play’.  She looks at how as Christian believers […]

Confidence in a Complex World 1.

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Confidence in the Gospel 1 Peter 1:1 – 2:3 This first talk sets the context of Peter’s writing, introduces Peter and sets out the consequences of a new birth in Christ.  Far from a life that is plain-sailing, the Christian life will lead to suffering.  Corrie Ten Boom was quoted as saying, “If God sends […]

Frontline Sunday 5

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In this last of the series of Frontline Sundays we read from Hebrews 10:19-25.  Motivating one another and gathering together was all the more poignant on the Sunday before a second ‘lockdown’ was to begin.  Allen Foster reviewed the series reminding us that we are God’s elect, scattered and exiled.  We hold hope together with […]

Frontline Sunday 4

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The fourth in the series of Frontline Sundays takes our significance from our identity as God’s children.  In Matthew 6:5-14 Jesus teaches his disciples to pray. Whoever we are – however insignificant we feel – we make all the difference in te world because we are on our frontlines as sons and daughters of God […]

Frontline Sundays 3

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In this third in the series of ‘Frontline Sundays’ Jan Smith looks at ‘Whatever we do’ using a reading from Colossians 3:15-24 in which Paul describes the kind of community God is calling us to be.  Paul offers to us a new way of seeing our daily work as mattering to God.  The phrase ‘whatever […]

Frontline Sundays 2

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In this second of the series Peter & Rosie talk about meeting God wherever we are in the ordinary places of our day today lives.  The biblical text is Genesis 28:10-22.  In Jacob’s encounter with God in the ordinary stop-over place, which he renames Bethel, God meets Jacob and leaves him with three promises. Read […]