Could Church be a verb, not a noun?(The word ‘ecclesia’, often translated to church in our Bibles, doesn’t mean a church building but an assembly, a meeting.) I have been reflecting upon what is ‘Church’ today. Although we have seen increased attendance at churches over Christmas, they may not seem to wish to continue attending…Read more ‘Do we wish to invest in a church-as-we-have-known-it?
As we wandered down a busy city centre shopping precinct we heard the booming voice "Repent and be saved!" Edinburgh : Princes Street I have to admit to moving towards the other side of the pavement to give this person a wide berth - many others were joining me. Note how the newcomer (Guest) goes…Read more Who is the Guest and the Host…
From this morning's service at Todmorden: Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.Nations shall come to your light, and…Read more Are we ready for Foreigners?
I was driving through the Derbyshire Dales recently. The road snaked through the valleys, perhaps not as pronounced as the ones near to where I live in West Yorkshire; nevertheless, you could see the natural beauty. The colours of the hills, fresh from further rainfall, were a mixture of greens and the rich autumnal blend…Read more The Source for 2020
Have you thought of any New Year's Resolutions yet?...or reminded yourself of last year's resolutions! How we would go running and get fit!!?... For every half hour we run, we live for an extra half hour, which we spent running...David Spiegelhalter (allegedly) Have we ever thought of what resolutions our Churches might consider? In today's…Read more New Years Resolutions
This was today's Christmas Day service at Todmorden. We welcome you all here today to celebrate Christ’s birth. At the end of this service we will depart to tell others of Jesus’ story. Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as…Read more What story might we tell?
Where do we go to relax, to be free to say what we want to? Where could we all go to, to gather, to feel 'at home', to allow relationships to flourish amidst a diversity of people, to enable community to be sensed and grow, to encourage sociability rather than isolation? We could start at…Read more When is a Third Place a winner?