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Picking up smooth stones

11-8-18

I was reading I Samuel 17 this morning. It seems to come around to me quite often and its a passage I love, about David and his defeat of the Philistine, Goliath. This morning a number of things I hadn’t really noticed before emerged: a) David hadn’t prepared. He wasn’t expecting this encounter with the […]

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Baptism & Confirmation at a Bishops Mission Order

10-8-18

Last week we had the joy of seeing Bishop Rachel baptising 7 and confirming 4 people into God’s church during the summer playscheme. Here is the short liturgy we put together for the occasion. It was designed to be fit for purpose in a large setting where many people were unfamiliar; to communicate the welcome […]

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How Hard Is It?

9-8-18

Who did the people in the crowd who ate the loaves and fishes think Jesus was? Did the woman with the 12 years of bleeding know all the doctrine and teaching about Jesus before she sought him out? Did the disciples – the chosen ones – really ever have much clue what the Messiah was […]

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The Prophetic Words of Women

24-7-18

I was teaching in a Bible college in another country recently, in a diocese where women are not yet ordained. In the group I travelled with there were 4 ordained women and we all taught male students training for ministry. They were adamant that because Jesus did not explicitly include women in the 12 disciples, […]

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My Journey by Sam

23-7-18

My Journey with Cirencester Upper Room by Sam Burgess  IT STARTED WITH THE GARDENING GROUP I used to attend a coffee morning at St. Lawrence Church with my Mum and one of my Nan’s on a Wednesday morning. One session they organised a guest speaker, Maureen Rowcliffe Quarry. She was a part of the Barnwood […]

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Beatitudes III

14-7-18

After reading the scripture passage, then the contemporary version, we wrote our own version and prayed it together: Blessed are the homeless. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you Blessed are they who are differently abled. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you Blessed are those who feel unloved. You are of heaven […]

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Beatitudes II

14-7-18

Modified by Kim from writings of Nadia Bolz Weber and amended for a British contemporary context, used in Eucharist at the Upper Room 13/7/18: Contemporary Beatitudes: You are of Heaven and Jesus blesses you … Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they […]

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Beatitudes I

14-7-18

Scripture Reading Matthew 5:1-10 The Sermon on the Mount Now seeing the crowds, He went up on a mountain. And when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He began speaking and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they […]

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Self Care

11-7-18

The article below came to me via some form of social media and I do not have a reference for it, for which I apologise. It is not mine, but it made a big impact on me and I have worked with it to make changes in order to create a better life that I […]

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Perichoresis

6-7-18

Perichoresis? Three Girls Praying’ by artist Gregg DeGroat.

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