Hope for Creation

Listen! Psalm 148 | Revelation 21:1-6 This morning we’ve welcomed Harper into our community of faith: we’ve joined with her family and friends in celebrating this incredible gift of new life, of potential, this gift of an unknown and unknowable future that is a child. And when we look at a baby like Harper, or at any of the other children we know, it’s natural to wonder what the world they will grow up in is going to be like. Read More

Hope beyond death

Listen! Revelation 7:9-17 | John 10:22-30 Death, and dying, and what happens thereafter, holds a deep fascination for the human mind. It’s probably safe to say that all cultures and religions have their own distinctive understanding of death, and that this understanding lies close to the heart of most systems of belief. The Egyptian weighing of the heart in the hall of Maat, the ancient Greek crossing of the Styx into Hades, the indigenous Australian dreamtime... Read More

The Messy Mystery of Easter

Messy Church on Sunday April 7th was an amazing and creative experience for the 80+ children and adults who attended. To start there were six activities designed to give people a chance to do a creative activity and relate the outcome to some aspect of Jesus’ teachings. The amount of thought and resources put in to each activity was commendable and each event was guided by two or three dedicated supervisors – all wearing the distinctive ‘Messy Church’ T shirts.… Read More... Read More

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color-spiral-stefan-kuhn-resized Listen! Psalm 150 | John 20:19-31 What do you say after the resurrection? The gospel writers each spend a large chunk of their work on the days leading up to the death of Jesus, to the crucifixion itself, and to the events of Easter Sunday, the miracle when death ran backwards and Jesus was alive and with them again. By contrast, Matthew devotes just 5 verses to Jesus’ appearances after that first day; Mark has half a chapter; Luke has the story of the Emmaus road, and then Jesus appearing to all the disciples and eating fish to prove he wasn’t a ghost; John gives us most, with the story of Thomas, breakfast on the beach, and the restoration of Peter. It’s as if the writers are struggling; struggling to put into words just what has happened, struggling to make sense of the descriptions passed on to them by those who were there. You get some sense of this struggle in the way the appearances of Jesus are described: the writers stress the very physical nature of the resurrected one – he eats, cooks, shows his wounds – but at the same time he seems to come and go at will, to be unrecognisable at one moment and clearly himself at another. There’s a sense here that something has changed in the resurrection; Jesus is back with them, still Jesus, but somehow different. Somehow more than he was before. More like an inhabitant of the heavenly realms walking the earth. Read More