The May newsletter from Joel and Fiona Kelling is now available to download from the CMS website.
Joel and Fiona write: Since we last wrote to you we have had our share of wonder and encouragement as well as frustration and exhaustion, with the emergence of ‘Omicron’ and our oft-repeated but still surprising complaint of the incredible cold of winter in Jordan! Read the newsletter
A poem for Tearfund by Gideon Heugh The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 We were all strangers.Going about our own business.Living our own lives. There was us.There was them.There was everything in between. We were allA littleAlone. And then there was the Word.Christ made flesh.Heaven as close as a motherTo the child being cradled… [Continue Reading]
Are you struggling to cope with the death of someone close to you? AtaLoss.org provides a comprehensive website hub of bereavement support and information for anyone struggling with their grief and for those supporting bereaved people. You can easily search and find support from the many hundreds of services listed, confident that the details are accurate and up to date, cover the whole of the UK and offer choices across the full range of support available. Don’t struggle alone –… [Continue Reading]
On Saturday 14 August, a deadly earthquake struck Haiti. At the time of writing, more than a thousand people have died, and homes, schools and other vital infrastructure have been severely damaged. The situation is desperate. Marc Antoine, who leads Tearfund’s work in Haiti, shares with us how Tearfund is responding to the disaster: If you wish to donate to Tearfund’s appeal for help for Haiti after the devastating earthquake, please consider donating online through the Tearfund website. There will also… [Continue Reading]
Please keep the people of Jordan in your prayers, as they desperately attempt to get the coronavirus spread under control while there is both less access and more resistance to vaccination than in the UK. Read the newsletter.
We’ve received an update from our CMS mission partners Joel and Fiona Kelling; Nora is now 4 months old and looking very happy! Find out more about their ongoing work in Jordan in their latest newsletter.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor. 13.14 We come today to the conclusion of our liturgy for Morning Prayer with the words of The Grace. After the Lord’s Prayer, this is probably the most familiar prayer for many Christians. The Grace is a very special prayer – that reminds us that each member of the Trinity is both distinctive and… [Continue Reading]
The final collect in our Morning Prayer is for Grace – a prayer for protection from sin and danger, with an intention that we may live Godly lives: O Lord and heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for bringing us safely to the beginning of this new day: defend us by your mighty power that we may be kept free from all sin and safe from every danger; and enable us in everything to do only what… [Continue Reading]
As we come to the closing sections of Morning Prayer, we are prepared for emerging into our home and community, re-energised for the challenges of our daily life. First, we have two special prayers or “collects” – the first for peace: O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, to serve you is perfect freedom: defend us in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in your protection, may not… [Continue Reading]
Last week we thought about the characteristics of the Kingdom of Heaven. This week we take up the aspects of the Lord’s prayer that relate to those who are members of that Kingdom. But first we need to affirm that membership of God’s Kingdom is open for anyone. However, it is far easier to come in simple faith: Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such… [Continue Reading]
The Lord’s prayer could be the subject of several reflections in its own right and many theologians have given it their close attention. I will focus on two aspects – the nature of God’s Kingdom and the implications for those who have chosen to become members of the Kingdom. As we come to Our Father in prayer we ask: “Thy Kingdom come“. What do we mean by the Kingdom of God – or the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the… [Continue Reading]