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But God….

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Saturday 22 April

But God raised him from the dead” I love that phrase: “But God…” It is the antidote to mess we get into in our lives, and the answer to the despair we often feel when we hear the news from around the world: “But God…” And our job as Christians, as witnessed to what God has done in Jesus Christ, is to keep that message alive. To keep alive the rumour of God in  a sceptical world, and to remind people of the possibility of approaching life in a different way. Faith not fear, hope not hate, love not lies, Our communities, our nation, our politics – and our children and grandchildren – all need to hear this message: “But God raised him from the dead” – because Easter changed everything – forever.

 Question: What difference should the message of Easter make to the way you approach the things you will be doing in the year ahead?

 Prayer: Lord, thank you that Jesus broke the power of sin and death by his resurrection from the dead. May the new life of his kingdom come into our world in me and through me today.

 

Touched

Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45

26Tuesday 28 March

What image does ‘the hand of the Lord coming upon you’, conjure up? – Ezekiel 37:1. To be touched by God is more than a passing brush past; sending, at the most, an inconsequential shiver down the spine quickly to be forgotten. Those who have been so touched in the scriptures, bear witness to its life changing nature. Those who are sick are healed, those bound are freed, those in the valley of the shadow of death live.

Question: What comes to mind when you reflect upon so much in the world today? Do you sometimes think that there is much that could, should, be touched by God in way that would make a difference; a change for the better?

 Prayer: Then reach out and make that touch, for “yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” – Teresa of Avila.

 

Religious Literacy

Friday 19th February 

‘Interfaith needs crisis to flourish’ was a comment that struck home for me. There is something powerful when the faith stand together against violence and atrocity. Yet, religious literacy tends to be stifled when we simple walk together and share platitudes. 

Speaking the kingdom of God slant, marks our differences and as Christians make our neighbour important as us ourselves. But without the background of the ‘Good Samaritan’ parable,  why do we try and be alongside our neighbour of differing colour or creed.

We were challenged to be separate yet involved and preachers of significance in our time and place. 

In the Flesh

1 April 2015


  

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead back into the society, including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village (filmed in Marsden) to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons.   


Explores re-integration of those deemed outside normal society & perhaps our ordinary and extra-ordinary response to difference. 


Going past the genre of ‘zombies’ this series challenges our conceptions of who is in and who is out, especially when the evil antagonist in the second series is female and black and yet quite fascist in her outlook.

The genre is not that scary but some of the ‘real’ characters are troubling!

 (2013)  Dir  Jonny Campbell (Cert 18)


The Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield 

Difference?

How often do we debate and furiously assert we are ‘right’, when all along both parties are arguing for the same thing but starting from different perspectives?

Today – four speakers all devout and batting around the concept of ‘Fresh Expressions”. What was clear to me was a sense in which all four were dancing around the same centre but starting from different perspectives.

All were mission minded, clear about the need for worship and development of faith. The specific value of each form was dependent on perspective – but none were willing or able to ‘diss’ entirely the other position or tradition.

Just like music there are examples of exceptionally good forms of church, I reflect I enjoy everything from classical, pop, punk, folk, country, rock and even religious.