John 1 v. 5: The Life-light

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The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
    God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
    in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

John 1:1-5, The Message

Meet the Nativity Episode 3: The Stepmother

This is the third (5 minute) episode of 2017 mini-series ‘Meet the Nativity’.  If you haven’t watched the first two episodes, watch them here and here first.  They’re very good.  Underneath you’ll find the second, ‘Story behind Episode 3’ video, which we also recommend.  His whole mission is to enter our mess.

Ruth, the stepmother, is another outsider at Christmas. Continue reading “Meet the Nativity Episode 3: The Stepmother”

Rescuer

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Here’s a line from a song I’d love us to sing at Explore.  Here’s what the writers, Rend Collective say about it:

We’ve had a lot of questions about what this line of our new song Rescuer means. But have you ever felt let down by church? Betrayed by the very community you looked to for support and encouragement? Sadly this is a common story because we’re still broken, sinful humans. Selfish ambition, pride, ego, inability to empathise, lack of forgiveness often get in our way. We’re tempted by these things whenever we encounter community. Institution may let us down, people will sadly fail us, but Jesus always comes through. He shines, loves, saves, heals, cries with us, and promises to walk with us even we feel abandoned by those we trusted. There’s no replacement for him, he is our Rescuer and there is no other.
We’re not sure where you’re at this Sunday morning– maybe you can’t bring yourself to go to church. Don’t worry, there’s grace for that too. We’d encourage you to bring that hurt and pain to the one who promises to weep with you. And for those of us who call ourselves Christians let’s resolve to continue to strive to show the type of love, forgiveness and grace that Jesus extends to everyone who runs to him. Let’s fling open the church doors. We are called to love the oppressed and marginalised. So this Sunday, let’s ask Jesus to make us more like Him! 

Today at Explore

Today at Explore we continued the Love Does series by looking at failure, why we hate to fail, and what God does when we fail.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to it.

One of the possible challenges for the week was to choose to do something that you were not going to be good at.  Here was the list of ideas:

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and here were some questions to reflect upon the experience:

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We were thrilled to have Kay and Jessica with us, who caught us up with what they have been doing.

Tomorrow at Explore

I loved the first of Explore’s Love Does series last Sunday!  Were you there?  Did you consider giving something up?  Did you think of someone to contact and say ‘Thank you for being with me’?  Were you ‘with’ someone this week?  Did you notice ‘God with’ you?  We were sat round tables so that more people could be talking at the same time, there was a lot to consider applying personally.
If you missed it, here‘s the video from last Sunday.  If you watch it, you could still join us this week, when we’ll be looking at the embarrassment we feel when we fail, but also what God does with our failures.  It’ll be inspiring and there’ll be another video with Bob Goff, who wrote the book, Love Does.  Your friends would like this!  Bob’s American, so we’ll have different kinds of doughnuts each week!  Last week it was raspberry jam!
Best of all, our dear friends Kay and Jessica will be with us in person tomorrow, Sunday 10 December!  We’ll ask them how their time has been so far in Kenya.
11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Sundays 10 and 17 December and 7 and 14 January.