Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

A VISIT WE REMEMBER

IT WAS THOUSANDS of years ago and thousands of miles away, but it is a visit that for all our madness and cynicism and indifference and despair we have never quite forgotten. The oxen in their stalls. The smell of hay. The shepherds standing around. That child and that place are somehow the closest of…

ADVENT CREDO

Advent Credo It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life; It is not true that we must accept inhumanity…

ADVENT

“Advent, meaning, ‘the coming’ is a time when we wait expectantly.  Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done.  And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do.  But this waiting is…

A SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE

Gospel songwriter, Thomas Dorsey was out of town when his wife Nettie, who was expecting their first child, died in childbirth.  ‘I buried my wife and my son together in the same casket,’ Dorsey wrote.  ‘Then I just fell apart.  For days I closeted myself.  I felt that God had done me an injustice.  I…

PEACE SUNDAY

On November 4, 1918, one week (almost to the hour) before the Armistice that would end World War 1, Wilfred Owen was shot dead by a German sniper. He was just 25 years old. His mother received the telegram informing her of her son’s death on November 11, as the church bells were ringing out…

OPEN HANDS

PRAYER Good and gracious God,  You are gathering this community from across the earth, asking us to pour out our lives on behalf of those who hunger for hope, for justice, for daily bread. You are asking us to see the earth as you do, so very,very good.   Trees with fruit, bursting with seed.   …

TAKING OUR FAITH TO WORK

This Fall we are focussing our worship on the theme of ‘What disciples do.’   Although as Christians we are often identified by what we believe, Jesus seemed to care more about what his followers did.  Faith practices, along with thoughtful theological beliefs, are crucial to the church.  During the Sundays from September through November we…

THE REFORMER OR PERFECTIONIST

‘A reflection of God’s goodness and rightness.’ ONES are attracted to and value goodness. They believe life is about doing your best, setting high standards and goals and living up to them.  They can become perfectionists and as a result, they develop a fear of failure and an incessant need to be perfect and good…

THE HELPER

‘A reflection of God’s love and care.’ ‘I want to be needed.’  TWOS live to serve.  They always seem to know what you need before you ask for it.  They are more comfortable giving than receiving. TWOS are great at identifying people’s needs. Hospitality is definitely a gift of most TWOS. They’ll be the first…

THE INDIVIDUALIST

‘A reflection of God’s creativity and depth.’ FOURS want to be unique.  They desire to make the world a more beautiful place.  They prize authentic emotions and experiences which set them apart from others.  Healthy FOURS can help a community experience a range of emotions from joy to lament.  At their best they know how…