29th August 2021- 22nd Ordinary Sunday

Following Friday’s announcement about the program for school children returning (mainly in November), it seems almost certain that the current lockdown will be extended beyond 30 September, and that the St Jude’s Fair (traditionally the second Saturday in November) will not be happening.  The COVID situation is creating more needs than any one of us […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 25th August 2021

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11-12 As a child growing up in Sunday School one of the songs we used to sing was a Colin Buchanan classic called “Remember […]

Morning devotion Friday 27th August 2021

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28   It’s become somewhat of a cliché to say that these are difficult times for lots of people. This lockdown is affecting everyone differently – and unevenly – but it is affecting everyone. I know of many […]

Morning devotion Monday 23rd August 2021

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32   Of all the world’s religions and philosophies, Christianity is the only faith which is based on God having shown himself to be trustworthy in a […]

Morning devotion Friday 20th August 2021

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  Proverbs 4:23 People have always known that your hearts are important. They keep us alive and when they stop, we die. Because a heart seems to pump life to the rest of the body, it was also assumed to be the centre […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 18th August 2021

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7  I wonder if you have heard the expression “uncertainty breeds anxiety”. It feels very applicable to our current season of life doesn’t it, with […]

Morning devotion Tuesday 17th August 2021

PSALM 87 AND THE CENSUS  Glorious things are said of you, city of God: Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.”   Psalm […]

Morning devotion Monday 15th August 2021

“What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?”  Psalm 116:12 Every time I conduct a funeral, I have the privilege of learning about the life of an interesting and precious person.  One man had a memorable story told about him from World War II.  He had been only a teenager […]

Morning devotion Friday 13th August 2021

“Oh, the depth of the riches…” Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Have you ever met someone who is a true expert in their field? There are many people who think they are experts, or would […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 11th August 2021

“TRAIN YOURSELF IN GODLINESS”  Train yourself in godliness. For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. (1 Timothy 4:7b-9)  Earlier in the lockdown, when […]