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A prayer for times of uncertainity

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Seasons of Uncertainty Listen to this prayer, taken from Every Moment Holy Vol 2, being read by Kristen Getty or ponder the words below. In the midst of whatever follows, O Lord, let me meet your mercies anew, and anew, and anew. In the midst of my dismay, fix my eyes again and again upon your eternal promises. How this ends—that is up to you. If the next news is favourable, I will praise you for the ongoing gift of life. If tomorrow’s tidings are worse, still will I proclaim your goodness, my heart anchored ever more firmly in the eternal joys you have set before me. And when, whether days or decades from now, you finally bid me rise and follow you across the last valley, I will rejoice in your faithfulness even there. Especially there— praying Thy will be done, and trusting by faith that it will be done. That it is being done. Even now. Even in this disquiet. I am utterly yours, O Christ. In the midst of this uncertainty, I abandon myself again to you, the author and

'All of our tomorrows'

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Take a moment to give thanks that our hope is not based on good intentions or easing restrictions but our days are held in the hands of a loving heavenly Father. Sit back and turn up the volume! This spinning world by Your own hand Hurls ever on around the sun The seasons march at Your command The old departs, the new year comes And though celestial is Your gaze You search and care for all our ways We offer up to You this day And all of our tomorrows May zealous youth and cautious age Determine not the steps we choose Great Shepherd, guide us through each day Oh, how we want to follow You Come Living Way, our way make clear Let perfect love drive out our fear Be Thou our vision, now and here And all of our tomorrows When winter makes us reminisce Of warmer days so distant now Of cherished saints the sun once kissed Whose beauty passed behind the clouds Let all our fond and longing tears Remind us we are pilgrims here We trust You, Sovereign of our years With all of our tomorrow

Little Me Big God

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Introducing a resource for Bible storytimes with toddlers

An ocean of grace

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Spend a few moments being led to reflect on Christ's glory

Creation Care

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On Sunday we began to reflect on what it might mean for us to care for God's world and why this is an important part of our discipleship. To help you think further here are a few links: 1. Watch again the 'Climate Change' video   2. Explore the websites of organisations that are helping Christians think about caring for creation.

Anything planned Easter?

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Word Alive is going online in 2021.  Read the latest update (below) and then why not put the dates in your diary. You'll see the organisers are trying to take into account all the varying demands of life in a Covid world. And just think the benefit of a conference from the comfort of your own home.  Message from the organisers (Feb 2021).  "While we can't recreate the full experience of Word Alive online, we can provide resources that connect you to God's word and give something of the flavour of the event. In particular we can offer some of the teaching, training and children's work that many so value about Word Alive. We are very aware that in the actual week of Word Alive, many of us will have limited capacity due to work and family commitments or simply through fatigue with online interaction. So we have decided to offer a simplified programme during the week, and then to make more material available in the following weeks. 6–9 April: Something for everyone

The absence of small talk - does it matter?

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I wonder what you miss most about church life?  Let's be honest even socially distanced church life had some things that were notable by their absence. Here's a few of mine.. Seeing someone's smile.  Singing and hearing others sing. Children and their toys galloping up the steps into the building.  Greeting others with a hug/handshake/'high five' (delete as fits your personality).  Snatched conversations in the foyer.  Small talk over coffee.  Longer chats that catch up on life and 'put the universe to right' - well at least our small corner of it! There are others - but that's enough.  What would be yours?  It seems the pandemic has had an impact on a whole range of relationships, what one psychologist has called 'friendship funnelling' but what if 'small talk' and casual interaction has an important part to play in life. Today's article on 'Church small talk was more important than I thought' is one person's reflection o