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Sun, Jul 07, 2019

We all hope, we all dream, for all kinds of things. Some dream of a changed world, a world where we are not judged by others for the colour of our skin, nor by the money in our bank account, nor by the accent we use nor even by the nature of our theology, just by the quality and the extent of our character.

Which among us does not long, hope, does not dare to look for a world that is vastly different than the one we now live in? Which one of us does not dare to hope that today will be something special, far better than it has ever been?

Isaiah was right about the tender shoot. We do not base our lives on a vague hope, but a rooted one in Jesus Christ. It is concrete and real, and personal. For the Christian, hope is not simply a luxury, or an option. It is a duty. A way of life. To be a pilgrim on the journey of faith means we are always moving from desert to Promised Land, from exile to the kingdom, from wilderness to the manger, from the cross to the empty tomb, from hopelessness to possibility, from ordinary time to eternity.

Sun, Jul 07, 2019

A service reflecting on Mission to the world beyond. Doug and Gilly Potkin will be updating us about Tearfund's work and, in particular, our linked project with Eagles.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019
30-Jun PM; Isaiah 8:11 - 22
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
30-Jun AM; Ezekiel 36: 24 – 28; 2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 18
Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Vines were grown for the quality and flavour of their grapes. Of course much interest was given over to wine making - nourishing and beautifying life!

The metaphor to convey, the purpose and meaning Israel was the Vine - a staple for living well. Living Well meant covenant relationship with God, to be a blessing to all - Righteousness and an inspiration to which all people would be drawn - Justice. The same metaphor Jesus uses to inspire His followers.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Who can I really trust? My bank manager, my boss, my minister or my hairdresser?

Some might argue that only the last named is really trustworthy although even that relationship can be strained on occasion … a bad hair day? Trust is fragile – tough to build but all too easily broken by words or events.

Our trust as Christians is closely linked to our conviction, lying as it does at the heart of what we believe. As The Message puts it “we can be sure of our ground” because will take care of everything – both our needs and our trust.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019

How do I understand the times in which I am living? What might my life look like as a result of that reflection?

However bad things are, there is always hope - even when we have been the authors of our own problems. God's invitation is always available and accessible to all.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019
16-Jun AM; 1 Corinthians 9: 24 - 27; 1 Cor 10 1-14
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
09-Jun AM; All age worship
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
2 June 2019; Luke 24:44-53
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
02-Jun AM; John 15:1 - 17
Sun, May 26, 2019
26-May PM; Luke 18:9-14
Sun, May 26, 2019
26-May AM; Luke 14:25 - 33
Sun, May 19, 2019

Isaiah (whose name means “God saves”), lived through the reign of 4 Kings (1:1). He began his ministry in 740 BC, the year King Uzziah died (6:1).

The people in Isaiah’s time had arranged their life in 2 separate boxes marked “religion” and “life.” They were good at celebrating the temple rituals but their practical faith stopped at the temple gates. They ignored the poor and the widowed, the neglected and the vulnerable

Serving God and following His call involves many choices; one of them isn't the distinction between "faith" and "life" - the two go together. When they are separated, as they were in Isaiah's day, it becomes more about us than it is about God. This ultimately brings judgment but that's not God's intention from the beginning - with Him there is always a way back.

Sun, May 19, 2019

For us to be able to see Jesus for who he really is, is not simply a word thing.

True discipleship consists of those who continue the journey of the cross Jesus began. The retreat to the safety of talking about Jesus is simply an exercise of arms length faith: it’s easy then to get bogged down into what someone else says!

Seeing Jesus, knowing him is beyond safety for it is experiencing the power of God for ourselves. True discipleship is seeing Jesus and following him, wherever he leads, irrespective of what we do or do not understand – we are to be, first and last, Jesus followers

Sun, May 12, 2019
12-May PM; Luke 18:35 - 19:10; Good News For Swindon Service. Jeremy is an AoG speaker
Sun, May 12, 2019
12-May AM; Prov 3:5-6, SYFC
Sun, May 05, 2019
05-May PM; Isaiah 6
Sun, May 05, 2019
05-May AM; Matthew 4:12 - 22
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
28-Apr PM; 1 Cor 15:12-28