We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...
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SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY
Led by Nigel Crisp
All Age Worship
Welcome & Prayer
Hymn & Song
Introduction: The Man Who Came Back
From Hadleigh Open the Book Team
We don’t often think backwards in what we have done and perhaps consider how we could have done things better. Have a back-to-front think through what you did yesterday and perhaps make notes of what happened – perhaps write a one line prayer – perhaps even ask God how you could have done things better.
But first watch this Back to Front Video God never says Ooops! from Colin Buchanan
Bible Reading & Contemporary Reading
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all who were ill and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’
Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Means and Ends - by Revd Dr Martin Luther King (1967)
If we are to have peace in the world, men and nations must embrace the nonviolent affirmation that ends and means must cohere. One of the great philosophical debates of history has been over the whole question of means and ends. And there have always been those who argued that the end justifies the means, that the means really aren't important. The important thing is to get to the end, you see.
So, if you're seeking to develop a just society, they say, the important thing is to get there, and the means are really unimportant; any means will do so long as they get you there. They may be violent, they may be untruthful means; they may even be unjust means to a just end. There have been those who have argued this throughout history. But we will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can't reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.
in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is pre-existent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.
Message (Pressing On #5) & Prayers of Intercession
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Song & Hymn
Blessing & Postlude
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