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The Universe in Your Backyard #2: Ephesians 1:15-23

September 15th, 2011 No Comments

On Sunday James McKillop confessed to us that as a ‘Navigator’ at university, he and his mates had privately christened half the Navs the VGNs, while identifying themselves as NNs. He said (and you can hear his sermon here), ‘You see, the Navigators are a group which pride themselves on such things as bible studies, […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Lenten Life Coaching

March 18th, 2011 No Comments

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Who am I becoming? What am I doing right now to honour my core values? What am I settling for? What is my legacy? Where do I need to focus my attention? How am I using my gifts? What am I holding onto that I […]

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Curating (Murray L)

March 3rd, 2011 3 Comments

A few years ago, if you had said to me that I would be a church curator, I would have said, never- no way!  Things change and now I consider it an important part of my life. I say “important” rather than “fun” and I still get nervous; and afterwards I always feel that “I […]

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Bodies

February 15th, 2011 2 Comments

You take your body with you everywhere you go. Whatever you care about, whatever you prioritise, there your body is with you. So when Paul said to the church in Rome, ‘Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to […]

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Hands

February 4th, 2011 1 Comment

If you are interested in a short reflection on Albrecht Durer’s Praying Hands (and plenty of others) to sustain you through your week, visit the excellent ArtWay site, where you can also sign up for weekly email reflections. I get them and find them a helpful oasis of visual worship to interrupt my very wordy […]

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Here’s to 2011

January 2nd, 2011 1 Comment

A new year might be an arbitrary piece of mathematical jiggery-pokery, but it’s also a handy opportunity to let the enthusiasm of the whole country energise our own inclination for change or renewal. This morning I read this collections of blessings by Joyce Rupp, using imagery from the Bible. Have a look through and see […]

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Here’s to 2010

January 1st, 2011 1 Comment

Here’s a Brooke Fraser song, ‘Here’s to You’ that seems a fitting salute to 2010 with its ups and downs. It’s a jaunty one from her recent album, Flags. What’s the line you are most grabbed by? Cheers to the furrows on our brow To each hard-won victory Cheers to the losses that grew us […]

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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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7 Sacred Days: Dying Well

September 5th, 2010 No Comments

Isn’t it crazy that most of us are so concerned about how many years we will be left on this earth, when we are not even living sensitively in the time we have now? -Robert Wicks, Seeds of Sensitivity, 50. This morning we continued our 7 Sacred Days series with a focus on Dying Well. […]

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