For those of you who made it to church last Sunday morning you would have heard the talk at the beginning of our new series about ‘How we change’. If you would like to listen to the talk follow this link.
Thought for the Week
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I recently went on a road trip to Scotland with my daughter, Daisy. We stopped for a coffee a few hours north and thought we would look for some new music to listen to as we drove. I found two albums from my youth and I was excited to replace the long redundant tapes with cd’s. So we set off again and put on the first album. I was transported right back!
Christian festivals have a way of creeping up on us unawares. This year, the turn of Lent made itself uncomfortably felt as friends declared on Wednesday that they would be back online after Easter. That made me think. What had I given up for Lent? Was I supposed to? What does the Bible say about Lent? (It does not – in so many words).
You may have read the article on the BBC news website recently about Sky Sports anchor (not forget t ing former Blue Peter presenter) Simon Thomas. His wife sadly died suddenly in November last year and he has since been writing a blog about his feelings following her death. That blog can be found at www.agriefshared.com.
Friday night, during contemplative compline, we had as our text these verses from the Song of Solomon chapter 2:10-12 – the lover speaking to the beloved:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,for behold,
the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
Over the past three Sunday evenings at church we have been exploring the Beatitudes.
As a church we have been asked by the Bishop of Oxford Steven Croft to look at the Beatitudes, a series of eight blessings, which is part of his vision in which he feels we are called to be a Christ-like church.