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Advent Reflection 2016: No. 1 – Peace

Advent Reflections 2016: Peace ‘You shall be my people, and I shall be your God.’ Jeremiah 30: 22 I was talking to a man the other month, who said that he had undertaken an endevour to read the whole of the Old Testament. Thinking of him reciting all the laws of Deuteronomy, and genealogies in […]

Julia’s Newsletter for September 2016

The Bible in a Tweet  ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus answered, ‘You must love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. […]

Julia’s newsletter for July/August 2016

He Calls Me Friend His conversation is sweetness itself, He is altaogether lovable. Such is my beloved, such is my friend Song of Songs 5: 16   While researching last months sermon on the place of the garden in scripture, I came across these beautiful words about friendship in the Song of Songs, which got […]

Julia’s Newsletter for June 2016

 Should we stay or should we go now? If we stay there will be trouble, if we go it will be double?  The Clash 1982 There are currently 2 programs that get me shouting at the radio and asking when will it ever end? The first is the continuing drama on The Archers as I long […]

Julia’s Newsletter for May 2016

Be Connected to the Power source “If the alive and present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bring you alive to himself. “ Romans 8: 10   The Message So after the 50 days of celebrating Easter and The […]

Say Often, “Lord Have Mercy”

“You wonder what to do when you feel attacked on all sides by seemingly irrisistable forces, waves that cover you and want to sweep you off your feet. Sometimes these waves consist of feeling rejected, feeling forgotten, feeling misunderstood. Sometimes they consist of anger, resentment or even the desire for revenge, and sometimes of self-pity […]

Mary Anoints The Feet of Jesus

I am currently enjoying exploring the connections between art and faith through the creative gifts of artists who live in Eastern Europe. Enjoying artistic freedom denied for over 40 years under communism, their art displays a vibrant spirituality, often exploring styles from the eastern orthodox tradition. One such artist is Bulgarian born Julia Stankova, who […]

Julia’s Newsletter for March 2016 – Foot Washing

When I was a minister in Birmingham, the Section held a meal on Maunday Thursday to symbolically rehearse the Last Supper. There was of course the Matzah unleavened bread, and wine and other components that went to make for a Passover meal:lamb representing the pascal lamb; horseradish to recall the bitterness of slavery; and salt water, […]

Sense that The Force re-Awakens, can you?

My young padawans. Flabby you have become. Lift your heads. Be alert. Preparations you must make. Rekindle your hope you should. Lost the art of reading the signs of the times have you. Can you not tell? Last time, came fresh hope as a baby he did. Stealing into the world in a backwater. A […]