V A R I O U S
New Year's Message
Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 & John 1:1-18
Michael Tillett (3 Jan 2021)
'Hallmarks of Unity'
Readings: Psalm 26:1-8 & Romans 12:9-21
Bryn Rickards (30 August 2020)
A Vision of Unity
Bryn Rickards (16 August 2020) - All Age Worship
Readings: Psalm 133 & Matthew 15:10-20
When have you felt very ‘united’ with a group of other people? Who were they?
What were you doing? How did you feel? Why did you feel so connected with each other?
What makes you feel united with others at church?
When have you felt most united with other Christians?
«Троица» (The Trinity) by Andrei Rublev
1411 or 1425-27
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Dunikowska, Kinga, 1974-. Knocking on Heaven's Door,
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55494. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:K-dunikowska-knocking-on-heavens-door-2004-b.jpg
The Power of Hope In Moments of Fear
Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1:1-2 & 'Life before Death' by Dorothee Soelle (see below)
Nigel Crisp (19 April 2020)
The Resurrection cannot be discussed in isolation,
as if it had nothing to do with the cross.
As if Jesus would, in any case, even if he had died of old age,
have gotten the benefit of this wonder drug.
If we keep before our eyes what this puzzling phrase “resurrected from the dead” says, then the reality “cross” belongs to it:
whoever lives in love has to reckon with contempt, abuse, discrimination, even with death.
In this other way of living, the Resurrection is already visible long before death.
Jesus believed above all - and for all - in a life before death.
The Resurrection, the spark of life, was already in him.
And only because of this God-in-him were they unable to kill him.
It simply did not function.
We All Want to Be Happy, Don't We?
Readings: Psalm 15 & Matthew 5:1-12
Ric Lambert (2 February 2020)
To Prepare To Be Prepared (Advent 1)
Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 1:67-79
Nigel Crisp (1 December 2019)
Zacchaeus and the Challenging Mathematics of Generosity
Readings: Isaiah 1:10-18 and Luke 19:1-10
Revd Paul Whittle (3 November 2019)
Songs for Life: A Snapshot of the Book of Psalms
Michael Tillett (25 August 2019)