Your feedback from the current Love Does series has been unanimously enthusiastic! Tomorrow we’re talking about how to love others really well. Leisa will join us to lead an informal Communion and we’ll have a bring and share lunch afterwards. The service will be designed for all ages to be able to worship together.
You are invited to join us, even if you haven’t been to previous weeks. We’d love to have you with us! Free tea or filter Coffee and doughnuts.
11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.
Artist Emma Skerratt has brought the poetic words of Dai Woolridge and Hannah Bunting to life in this colourful illustrated journey that all ages will enjoy. Watch the 3.5 min video and pick up a free copy of the picture book from Ottery St Mary Parish Church.
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”
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 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:
and here were some questions to reflect upon the experience:
We were thrilled to have Kay and Jessica with us, who caught us up with what they have been doing.