How do we see ourselves? Do we think that we are better than other people? Worse than them? Do we recognise our weaknesses and our strengths? Do we excuse our sins, or are we too harsh on ourselves? What about a more realistic reflection on what we are like?
This week I have been part of the Church of England’s Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality. They have been set up by the bishops as a way of discussing rather than simply debating.
How can our actions be welcoming? How can we show God’s love and welcome? The parable of the sheep and the goats gives us some answers whilst also raising more questions! Not least being over that dividing line, which might be less clear than we’d like to think..
Everybody is welcome! Everybody is welcome to our churches. That’s what we want people to see and recognise, but we also know that that’s not always the case… One way to help our congregations to think about this is the excellent Everybody Welcome course, which is written to help enable everyone to welcome newcomers, to…
What does the faith of Simeon and Anna have to teach us? They watched, waited and looked forward to the new things that God was promising. This was part of a service where we also renewed our baptismal vows as a way of looking forward to the new things that God is doing.
The Fruit of the Spirit are an important part of our discipleship. We are all called to seek to grow all of them, which is always a challenge! To help us to think about what this means we had a sermon series on the fruit of the Spirit. This is the sermon series outline, which…
What does love actually look like? How do we show our love, for God and for each other? It’s easier for us to see that (and a lack of love!) in other people, but this is an encouragement to think about putting our love into action.