Explore tomorrow

The rain has come and the thaw is happening, so we’re hoping to meet as usual tomorrow.  Only drive or walk if it is safe for you.

Colin will lead us in looking at the rich young man that Jesus told to sell everything in Matthew 19:16-30.  In what way is it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom?  What did Jesus mean when he said here that ‘Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first’?  We’ll be looking at how we can welcome the least in society and encourage an appropriate view of possessions.

Ottery St Mary Parish Church, 11.15am.

Photograph taken by Dan Hoare, posted on Ottery Matters Facebook page.  You can view the full picture and Dan’s post here.

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Join us 11.15am tomorrow, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, when Annette leads us in looking at the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector.  Why did the tax collector go home vindicated?  People may denounce and attack us, but what does it mean that God’s future verdict about us is already known in the present?  Rev Nigel Mason, Hospiscare chaplain, returns to lead us in Communion (he was with us for our service on New Year’s Eve).  The service will be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch.

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Tomorrow at Explore, Leisa opens up the story of The Prodigal Son.  The three stories in Luke 15 are ways of saying, ‘This is why we’re celebrating!’  What was Jesus doing?  Is this something we should be doing?  What is the role of celebration in the bigger Bible story?  11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  

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Roy and Pat help us understand the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10, and how it fits in with the wider Bible story.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.

In Jewish culture to sit at someone’s feet meant to be their student, not to exhibit a devoted, doglike adoring posture.  To sit at the feet of a teacher was what you did if you wanted to teach like that yourself.  What does it mean that Jesus affirmed Mary’s right to be his student?

Tomorrow at Explore, we return to our Bible Timeline


Tomorrow, 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Annette brings us back to the Bible Timeline series.  We started in Genesis and we’ve got to Jesus;  this time we’re looking at the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.  How does this fit in with what we thought about during the Love Does series, and how does Jesus’ teaching here fit in with the Old Testament law and the broader Bible Story?

Leisa will be with us to lead Communion and the service will be followed by a bring and share lunchYou are invited, come and join us!

Explore Bible Study tomorrow

A fourth Sunday in the month tomorrow, so no morning Explore meeting, but in the afternoon, a Bible Study at Colin and Annette’s, looking at John 8:1-11 and The Woman Caught Breaking the Law; it illustrates the difference between ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘Tolerance’.
4.30 – 6pm, Karibu, Sandhill Street, Ottery St Mary.  We start with tea and cakes and then study.  Children are welcome.  Please bring some cake.

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Annette and Richard Allen introduce the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9) in our Bible Timeline series. The scene offers a strange parallel and contrast to the Crucifixion.  What similarities and differences do you see?
There’ll be Communion and a Bring and Share lunch after.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  Come and join us!

Tomorrow at Explore: Walking on water

There are many times when Jesus asks us to do what seems impossible. How can we ever begin to do the task that he has called us to do?

If we, like Peter, look at the wind and the waves – then we will conclude that it is impossible. What we are called to do – it’s so basic and yet so obvious, yet so hard to put into practice – is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and our ears open for his encouragement. Our wills and hearts must be ready to do what he says, even if it seems crazy at the time.

Tomorrow at 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Roy and Pat help make the link between this story and the bigger Bible picture.


Explore tomorrow

At 11.15am tomorrrow, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, we look at the stories of Jairus’ daughter and the bleeding woman in Luke 8.  Both times, Jesus shares the pollution of sickness and death, but the power of his love turns the pollution into wholeness and hope.  Annette and Leisa lead, and there will be Communion and a Bring and Share lunch.

During the service this morning we’re going to take up an offering for Kay and Jessica who leave in two weeks for Africa.  Bring your offering, or set up something to give each month.  See Annette for details.

Matthew 4 v. 19: Fisher of Men

Lord, make me a fisher of men.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (also called Peter) and Andrew his brother. They were fishermen, and were casting nets into the sea.

‘Follow me!’ said Jesus. ‘I’ll make you fish for people!’

Straight away they abandoned their nets and followed him.

He went on further, and saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother. They were in the boat, mending their nets, with Zebedee their father. He called them. At once they left the boat, and their father, and followed him.

He went on through the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, healing every disease and every illness among the people.

Word about him went out around the whole of Syria. They brought to him all the people tormented with various kinds of diseases and ailments, demon-possessed people, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, Judaea and beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 19:18-25, New Testament for Everyone