“Strive for righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
(1 Tim 6:11)
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
I Timothy 6:6-19
From Psalm 91:
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armour and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
The recorded sermon - Taking the long view - can be watched here: https://youtu.be/c0C7KKensgM
Holy and eternal God,
give us such trust in your sure purpose,
that we measure our lives
not by what we have done or failed to do,
but by our faithfulness to you.
Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity
Right Rev Hamish Galloway has recently returned from the World Council of Churches’ 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, an event which committed to providing a safe and healthy space for dialogue between incredibly diverse Christian expressions, but also, in the presence of Jewish, Muslim and Mormon religious leaders, dialogue between religions.
In his sermon today he considers some of the aspects of the Assembly.
You can watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/Z1AeEVh2_QM
“We are one in Christ. The love of Christ moves, reconciles, and unites the world, that is the motto of the Assembly in Karlsruhe. This goes beyond the Church. The whole world is involved, drawn into the love of Christ. A dream. We can give this dream a face on the ground, today.
We celebrate this day today as a celebration of encounter. We meet not so much as hosts and guests, but as friends, as sisters and brothers in the one Lord Jesus Christ. Even if one or the other is foreign and remains foreign, our hearts speak. And they express friendship, and affection and love. We are all fellow citizens of the saints and God’s housemates, united by Christ. This is a foretaste of heaven. Amen.”
Jeremiah 18:1-11: Jeremiah compares Israel’s situation with God to that of a potter and clay. God is continuing to shape God’s people as a potter reworks a lump of clay into something beautiful.
Matthew 18:21-35: Peter asks Jesus the question, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?
Jesus responds with a mind-blowing parable!
Today we celebrate the arrival of the Season of Spring through our Spring Flower Service. I suspect that for all of us our lives and spirits are refreshed with the new growth and the vibrancy of the colour of the flowers around us. Nature has a life-giving force within it that we can but stand in awe of and marvel at.
The recorded sermon – Say it with Flowers – is available here: https://youtu.be/KUz8Qw4w2rc
Worship Services are held at 10am every Sunday. For those unable to join us in person, a recorded version will be available from 9am each week.