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27 January 2021Just a thought

God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason. 

 - Dag Hammarskjöld.

26 January 2021Just a thought

Down through the centuries in times of trouble and trial God has brought courage to the hearts of those who love Him.  The Bible is filled with assurances of God’s help and comfort in every kind of trouble which might cause fears to arise in the human heart.  You can look ahead with promise, hope, and joy. 

 - Billy Graham

25 January 2021Just a thought

Thanksgiving and Praise 

You will say on that day: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me.   Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.   With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.   And you will say on that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.   Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.  Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. 

 - Isaiah 12: 1-6

23 January 2021Just a thought

Listening: 

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. 

 - Stephen R. Covey

22 January 2021Just a thought

Jesus: 

Sure, people need Jesus, but most of the time, what they really need is for someone to be Jesus to them. 

— Reuben Welch in The Body Broken by Robert Benson 

 

21 January 2021Just a thought

Spiritual Wisdom 

I have always held firmly to the thought 

that each one of us can do a little 

to bring some portion of misery to an end. 

— Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian and theologian

20 January 2021Just a thought

Love and Listening: 

The first duty of love is to listen.   Paul Tillich. 

The concept of ‘Creative Listening’ acknowledges that the seemingly simple act of listening can be very difficult to practise.  So often we hear the words of others while formulating our own thoughts for a response.  We need to listen with an empty mind, and to pause before responding, to allow the words of the other person to inform (and reform) our own thoughts.  If applied to personal relationships this can be transforming.  If adopted by governments and world leaders this could be revolutionary.  It is in the waiting and the stillness that the impetus to act creatively is given the space to be born. 

 - Ruth Harvey, a member of the Iona Community

19 January 2021Just a thought

Listening and Obeying: 

My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily, because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants. 

James 1:19-20 (NCV) 

18 January 2021Just a thought

Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and the pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste and smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace. 

 - Frederick Buechner in Now and Then

17 January 2021Weekly ZOOM services from next Sunday 24th January 2021

Weekly ZOOM services from next Sunday 24th January 2021

We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us. The link will be posted on the REMOTE WORSHIP page on Fridays.

16 January 2021Just a thought...

The hinge of history is on the door of a stable in Bethlehem 

 

15 January 2021Just a thought

Future: 

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." 

 - Abraham Lincoln

14 January 2021Just a thought

God in the Ordinary: 

Let’s state it clearly: One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life, and not through purity codes and moral achievement contests, which are seldom achieved anyway. 

― Richard Rohr

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