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This month we welcome back Balqis to her work in the church office. Balqis has been away on sabbatical for eleven months, living in a Christian community in England. It has been a rich experience for her in many different ways. We pray for her, as she settles back into life and work here once again, and as she brings to our church life something of what she has learnt over the past year.

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The month of July sees the anniversary of my ordination. It fell on St Thomas’ day. As the apostle is often referred to as “doubting Thomas”, it struck me as interesting day on which to mark the occasion when one’s decision to respond to the call to follow a particular vocation within Christian ministry effectively comes to fruition.

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I wonder which theological terms or ideas you find most difficult to understand. For many people, “The Trinity” probably comes somewhere high on the list - although I once talked to an old man who had been brought up in the church from his childhood, and who claimed to have no problems with the idea of the Trinity at all.

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The theme for the Diocesan Synod at the end of April was ‘A different spirit’. It reflected the story in Numbers 13 and 14 where 10 of those who had gone to explore the promised land reported not only on the good things that the land contained, but also said it was not possible to go into the land because of the size of the obstacles that lay ahead.

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There’s a story from Soviet-era Russia which tells of an official who was haranguing a group of villagers about the evils of religion. After he had finished, the village priest asks if he might say a few words. Reluctantly, the official agreed. The priest addressed the people with the traditional Christian Easter greeting: “Alleluia! Christ is risen,” he proclaimed. And with one voice the people replied, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

On Easter Day we celebrate the risen Christ: the discovery of the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances of Jesus. But before this victory over sin and death Jesus had to go by way of the cross, its pain and its shame. Each year, during the week leading up to Easter Day we remember the last few days of Jesus’ life, and particularly His suffering for us on the cross. This year our services will be as follows:

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Sunday Services

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Verse of the Day

  • Ephesians 4:29

    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”