Peace – its nature and mission

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Gerald speaks from John 20:19-31 concerning the peace that Jesus offered his disciples – its nature and its mission; about the church continuing the mission of Jesus and being resourced by the Holy Spirit.

Palm Sunday Expectations

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    The Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ celebrated on Palm Sunday is a moment brimming with hope, expectation and uncertainty. How will we respond to the Easter story this year? Sid Bridges offers an ‘adult’ compliment to his Palm Sunday all-age talk.

    Love the Lord your God

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    Sid Bridges explores Deuteronomy 6:4-16 after being asked to speak on the passage 15 years previously when first coming to St James as the Youth Minister.  The story of the Children of Israel briefly is mapped and the question asked, “What happened in Massah?” When God seems absent how do we respond?  When we doubt […]

    All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:15-22

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    In this encounter of Jesus, with the Pharisees in Matthew 22, he is questioned about taxes.  In response Jesus points out that there is the Kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God.  As Christians we have a dual citizenship characterised by duty to the one a devotion to the other. Jan points out […]

    All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:1-14

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    Allen sets the context for Jesus’ parable(s) of the wedding banquet exploring the meaning of the parable and asking questions from the congregation (some of these are hard to hear but Allen’s replies make clear their questions.  He draws us to understand that all are invited bad and good, that the wedding dress of ‘righteousness’ […]

    Blessings and Woes

    In Luke’s record of Jesus’s “sermon on the plain” he contrasts blessing and sorrow, two contrasting expressions of life experience.  Is this a word for the church today as it was for the ‘People of God’ that Jesus addressed face to face? Today’s mantra “with man all things are possible” leans toward heaven-on-earth by our […]