23rd Feb 2020

The Danger of Familiarity

Mark 6:1-6 A prophet without honour 6 Jesus left there and went to his home town, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given […]
23rd Feb 2020

House of Mercy

John 5:1-9 The healing at the pool 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to […]
16th Feb 2020

A dying girl and a sick woman

Mark 5:21-43 Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman 21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, […]
16th Feb 2020

Valentine’s Day and God

Ephesians 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
9th Feb 2020

Calming a Human Storm

Mark 5:1-20 Jesus restores a demon-possessed man 5 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with […]
9th Feb 2020

My soul waits for the Lord

Psalm 130 A song of ascents. 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2     Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive     to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,     Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness,     so that we can, with reverence, serve […]
2nd Feb 2020

Great Wind, Great Calm

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calms the storm 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke […]
2nd Feb 2020

Fear and Faith

Mark 5:21-43 Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman 21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, […]
26th Jan 2020

Parables of the Kingdom

Mark 4:21-34 A lamp on a stand 21 He said to them, ‘Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into […]
26th Jan 2020

Hope: Now & Then

Romans 8:18-28    Present suffering and future glory 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but […]
19th Jan 2020

A Farming Story

  18.A Farming story… Mark 4:21-34 26 Jan 2020 18.1.Recap: Last week: The first of Jesus Parable’s When you don’t have a captive audience your words have to captivate It helps make the abstract complete It makes you think… It makes you work… You have to engage… There’s a choice… Today’s four […]
19th Jan 2020

Hope doesn’t put us to shame

Isaiah 40:27-31 27 Why do you complain, Jacob?     Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord;     my cause is disregarded by my God’? 28 Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, […]