Tag Archives: salvation

Willingly

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Wednesday 15th March

So beset by our quarrels, our worst brought out of us by our fears, and wondering where we are on our journey, this Sunday St Paul delivers the tonic we need. Bringing us back from wallowing in what is wrong – with the world, with our little corner of it or with ourselves – we are reminded of what we need. What we need is hope – and hope whose foundations lay not in our own navigational skills for the journey, and not in our own ability to rise unaided above our human condition. Hope based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We stand in grace.

We hope not in spite of the difficulties and struggles of being human, but we hope through our struggles because of the love which God has poured into our hearts.

We did not earn the sacrifice which Christ willingly made for us – but still he made it. We didn’t even repent first. God did not blackmail or cajole us into our salvation. While we were still sinners, God gave everything, willingly and without reservation, for love of us.

Question: When we see ourselves in this light, see our value to the God of all creation, how will we respond?

 Prayer: Loving God, help me to see my value as you see it today. Give me hope in my struggles, and help me to follow you. Amen.

 

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I’m a Lent Martyr.

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Monday 27 February

How on earth to get through Lent without bragging or wearing a badge saying ‘I am a Lent martyr!’

Look at the model of Jesus himself.His wilderness experience was focussed at each point on God. Jesus deflects the call to test God or look towards self or something else as divine.

This Lent may you keep focussed on God’s call to salvation now and on into the future.

Prayer: My Lord Jesus, you fasted forty days in the wilderness, you were tempted as we are and you prevailed. This Lent give me a portion of that grace to be obedient to your Spirit. Lord, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save. Amen

Easter Eve

Saturday 26 March

Prayer for Easter Eve

God, our light and our salvation,illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and, looking on your beauty,
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gravity

31 March 2015

  

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.”


Themes of self doubt and salvation. The drive of the human will winning through!


Best on a big screen?



 Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney


Dir. Alfonso Cuaron (Cert 12)


Words Worth Thinking About.

Sam Wells told clergy at the Wakefield Diocesan Clergy Conference that there were three types of power; the power of silence, the power of words and the power of touch.

He spoke to a rarefied group of individuals:

“Your first duty as a priest is to save your own soul.” The second foundation of ministry is just as eschatological but nothing like so personal. It pictures judgement day and Christ the King in glory, and asks the question, “What will we say to him if we stand before him without the others?”

This is the paradoxical foundation of ministry. Your first duty is to save your own soul. But ask yourself what he will say to you if you go to him without the others.

His whole lecture was breathtaking and you could have heard a pin drop as he spoke and shared his insight.

Read the whole text Sam Wells told clergy at the Wakefield Diocesan Clergy Conference that there were three types of power; the power of silence, the power of words and the power of touch.

He spoke to a rarefied group of individuals:

“Your first duty as a priest is to save your own soul.” The second foundation of ministry is just as eschatological but nothing like so personal. It pictures judgement day and Christ the King in glory, and asks the question, “What will we say to him if we stand before him without the others?”

This is the paradoxical foundation of ministry. Your first duty is to save your own soul. But ask yourself what he will say to you if you go to him without the others.

His whole lecture was breathtaking and you could have heard a pin drop as he spoke and shared his insight.

Read the whole text http://www.wakefield.anglican.org/news/story/revd_dr_sam_wells_lecture_from_the_clergy_conference