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delivered from the St Francis Church pulpit
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The More of Pentecost
Pentecost is the culmination of the Christian season of Easter, but was originally a Jewish festival … which is why the Jewish followers of Jesus were gathered together in Jerusalem for its religious observance. Still recovering from their grief at the crucifixion, joy at the resurrection, and confusion at Jesus’s brief stay with them prior to ‘the ascension’, … the disciples got ‘the more’ of Pentecost surely! And it was much more than just a babble of words … [To read more, click on title]
The Other Lord’s Prayer
So, Jesus was in the habit of praying. What about you? How does praying work for you? Do you have a set time? A set place? A set routine? Or are you more free-form?! More random? Perhaps you’re someone who is constantly in prayer, moment by moment, as Paul the Apostle seemed to be. How important is a regular prayer routine? … [To read more, click on the title]
Rocks and Stones
The church, Peter writes, is “God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” The church has inherited the calling Israel failed to fulfil. We are chosen not for privilege but for costly service and witness, joyfully offered … [To read more, click on title]
Mystery on the Road
… just over a year ago when we heard the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this became the topic of conversation with all we associated with. We all talk about these and many other events that happen – in our town, country and the whole world. It’s what we do as human beings. We all have an opinion and we love to share them with others. These conversations are part of our ordinary, everyday lives … [To read more, click on title]
Easter is now!
Easter Day … we are picking up the excitement of the Resurrection. “The original disciples were shocked into bliss by the Resurrection – and they never recovered.” (the late Sebastian Moore) … [To read more, click on title] If we’ve been moved by the accounts of those characters through Lent, how are we moved by the Resurrection? Shocked into bliss?
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