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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! (March 2018)
If anyone gives up something at Lent, my guess is 90% of the time it is some sort of foodstuff or beverage. This time of year is so often focussed on food.   And maybe that is right, because food is such a problem for us in today’s society.  People eat too much, or the wrong things.  Other people don’t eat enough, or the right things.
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The Truth will set you free (February 2018)
If you go to Langley, Virginia, where the CIA has its headquarters, in that building is a wall with the CIA motto inscribed on it.  That motto comes from the Bible, John 8.32:  ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’  People who see conspiracies everywhere view this as an important motto for an agency whose role is to uncover hidden truths.  Jesus talks to his followers about truth which breaks people free from sin.  We are all slaves of our failings, which is part of being human.  We all fall short of God’s standards, and if we are to break away from that, and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives, then we will know what true freedom is.
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What Growing Church is really about (January 2018)
I have never met anyone who cares about the church, who does not want it to grow.  But there is no point in growing a church by simply increasing the number of people who come here to worship, without it involving people coming with a real Christian faith that would make a difference to their lives, and to the lives of those around them.  Real church growth involves a growth in faith, as well as a growth in numbers.
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Our True Identity (December 2017)
Advent Sunday on 3rd December starts a new church year, when the church calendar turns full circle.  Advent is a time of looking forward:  looking forward to God’s arrival to live among us, Jesus coming to earth (Christmas).  This is a celebration of God’s work of salvation for the world, moving on to the crucifixion and resurrection, which we recall around Easter.  
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Following Jesus goes in two directions (November 2017)
We talk much about following Jesus as Christians.  So, we rightly focus on the ways He behaved in different situations, and we seek to follow His example.  We focus on how his life was a journey to the cross, and beyond that to the resurrection, and as Christians we recognise that our lives might go along a similar road.  But, apart from simply referring to going Jesus’ way, have you thought about the direction you are going in, as you follow Jesus?
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One Small Seed (October 2017)
A little while ago, I found myself walking in the countryside.  I noticed on the grass at the foot of some trees some small, round, green objects.  I picked a few up.  They were too small and round and soft to be like acorns.  They were too large to be like ordinary seeds.  They had clearly fallen off a nearby tree or bush, but I do not have any idea what they came from.  They were so soft and round, that I held one in my hand for quite a while.  As my walk progressed, I looked at it repeatedly. Read more...
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Being Church in Blacon (September 2017)
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Church’?  A building?  A group of people?  Well, the word is used for both.  And when people gather together to be ‘Church’, what do they do?  What does worship look like?  We tend to think of singing hymns, reading the bible, saying prayers, sitting (or standing or kneeling) in pews, with clergy wearing different sort of clothes.  The list goes on and on. 
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Being God's Presence in Blacon (August 2017)
I am writing this just a few days after the wonderful fundraising concert many members of this church took part in to raise funds for the British Red Cross fund to support the victims of the terrible Grenfell Tower Fire (see page 10 for more about that). It was a tremendous concert, not only because of the £460 raised for such a good cause, but also because it brought together people of all ages from around the community, in concern for the plight of others who live hundreds of miles away, whom we might never meet. (read more)
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Bring and Share (July 2017)
I am writing this not long after the parish ‘Bring and Share’ meal we held to celebrate Trinity Sunday, which as Holy Trinity Church is particularly special to us.  While Bring and Share is a good enjoyable formula for a meal together which many parishes are very familiar with, it has been less common here in Blacon, because in previous years we have had meals (extremely capably) catered for us by members of the Social Committee.
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Giving for the Lord (June 2017)
We serve a God who gives.  He gave his only Son.  He gives us His love and mercy.  He gives us the whole of creation for our blessing and enjoyment.  And the Bible describes how God gives enormously generously.  God’s generosity is far more abundant than we can get our minds around.  He gives us when we don’t deserve anything at all.  He gives in such enormous quantities it overflows.  And He wants us to give with just the same attitude.
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