As Jesus was baptised, a voice from heaven said “This is my son with whom I am well pleased”. Is this what God says to each of us as we are baptised? And how can we live up to that unconditional love?
Rana examines the opening verses of John 1 describing Jesus as The Word.
The Magnificat is Mary’s song of praise to God when the angel reveals the extraordinary news that she is to bear God’s son. Our worship too is important, it makes a difference.
John sends his disciples to ask Jesus ‘are you the Messiah or should we expect someone else?’ We don’t know whether John himself had doubts or whether he wanted his disciples to be reassured after his imminent death. They were all expecting the Messiah, but Jesus, instead of simply saying ‘yes, I am he’, gives them the evidence so they can see the truth for themselves.
The prophets of the Old Testament were not popular people. They looked odd, they didn’t say what people wanted to hear, but they were God’s messengers. And although we often associate them with messages of gloom and doom, what they brought was hope – a hope that things could be restored and repaired.
Judy Cave gave this talk about the work of ROP in transforming the lives of children in Uganda.
One of the songs chosen for the baptism of baby Lucy was Sidney Carter’s One more step along the world I go. Mairwen reflects on baptism as the beginning of our journey of faith and how our faith sustains us.
Jesus, the shepherd king, showed how a king and leader should love and serve his people.
Remembering the high cost of the peace we enjoy today.
As Christians, we know that when we have done wrong we can repent and receive forgiveness from God; but we must also accept that we cannot always undo the damage that we have done. Mairwen explores this conflict between grace and guilt as she reflects on Psalm 32 and the story of Zaccheus.
Psalm 119 is a masterpiece of Hebrew literature. The section we look at today, verses 129-136, underlines the importance of the Word of God which touches every aspect of our lives. Our calling is to help spread that Word to the very ends of the Earth.
We live in an age of uncertainty with ongoing Brexit negotiations and the climate crisis. Yet we are called not to despair but to be beacons of hope in a difficult world.