Sunday 28th April Jesus stood among them

Luke 24:3649 “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?” Reflect: Following the reports of resurrection, and Jesus’ body having vanished there was a lot of confusion. Jesus’ friends must have been filled with a mix of hope, joy, fear and worry. Whilst they hoped that all of this was true, they would have equally been anxious that they could be wrong. This is perhaps a good reason that the first words from the risen Messiah where “peace be with you”. Similar to last weeks reflection, of seeing God over the stone, Jesus sought to bring peace and remove troubles for his friends. This revelation didn’t remove every trouble. They still faced persecution. Each Disciple would

Sunday 21st April A big old stone

Mark 16:1-8 “they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away” Reflect: Mark records that very early in the morning the two Marys and Salome walked towards the tomb where Jesus had been laid. A lot had changed in the last week for this group of friends. I guess that their week had faced so many emotions. Some of which we have too through our readings and services. As they walked up the hill they only had one topic of conversation. Their only question was “who will roll away the stone?” A big stone: In our lives we come up against many obstacles. There is always a big stone ahead. That may be a work stone, a family stone, a stone of illness or a stone in the way of f

Sunday 14th April Humble transportation

Mark 11:1-11 “Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts” Reflect: It only seems like five minutes ago since we was celebrating last Easter. Twelve months have passed, and we begin this emotional journey once again. Using the devotions on the back page, if you wish, we can walk through this amazing week again. What I find amazing is that this was all pre-planned. That Jesus knew everything that was ahead. Luke 9:51 reminds us that Jesus set out for Jerusalem with purpose. He was focused on the mission. As we try to walk slowly through the steps of this amazing week, remember that God was always in control. On the first Palm Sunday, the crowds responded with their “hosannas”.

Sunday 7th April Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him” Reflect: This Peace and Wholeness Sunday service offers a simple question; the same asked to Bartimaeus by Jesus. Have you ever been in a conversation where someone is talking away and taking the longest route to get to their point? Have you ever been tempted in those moments to ask “what do you actually want?” I sometimes wonder if God thinks the same of us. Early in this same chapter of Mark Jesus had spent a little time talking and blessing some children. Perhaps on the same day that Jesus healed Bartimaeus he said “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it”. I’m not going t

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