Pastor’s Blog

A new perspective

I have a question before we worship God together: how do you feel right now? How would you define your mood: up or down; happy or grumpy; preoccupied or focused? Or maybe you just feel like you’re going with the flow and don’t particularly feel you can define how you’re feeling. It wasn’t a trick…

Walking with Jesus

As part of our ‘Who are you walking with?’ series, we are looking at what it means to walk with Jesus. Last week we explored some of what it means to walk with God and we concluded that it is a lifestyle. This week, as we look at walking with Jesus, our opening thought has…

Who are you walking with?

That’s the question we’ll be looking at over the next few Sunday mornings. You may think it’s a strange thing to ask, but the Bible has a lot to say about walking. God himself is recorded as ‘walking in the garden in the cool of the day’ as he looked for Adam to spend time…

The renewing of our minds

In last week’s blog, I talked about shaking off the winter blues by drawing near to God. Apparently the Monday just gone was ‘blue Monday’. I’m not sure whether designating a day in this way is helpful or not. Such labels can become a constraint and help us to justify that feeling of wanting to…

Blue Monday

I was reminded the other day how much I used to struggle with January. It really affected me: the days dragged on, it always seemed to be dark and cold, and spring seemed like an eternity away. I genuinely used to feel down in the dumps. Some might call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, and that…

Spiritual momentum

Well, it’s been quite a start to the new year as we’ve prayed, fasted and worshipped our way through this last week! I’ve been encouraged by the obvious desire to seek God together and as individuals. We have demonstrated that many of us want to see change, not just for ourselves but for the world…

Advent

As we enter this Advent period, of course, wherever you go, the commercial version of Christmas is already in full swing! It’s quite a contrast to the Bible’s account. Luke is the main biographer for the birth of Jesus, telling us that, when the incarnate Christ was born and laid in a cattle trough, an…

Encouragement

I often think that the gift of encouragement is under-rated and a little under-used. The apostle Paul saw the value in it: he exhorted the Thessalonian church to ‘encourage one another and build each other up’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Encouragement is part of loving one another and spurring each other on to expand in our…

Living sacrifice

Maybe, today, there’s a sense of relief that you got through the week! Relax, God is faithful. He knows exactly how it’s been: the busy schedule, the pressure, the times when we got it wrong or felt let down. He understands the sense of loneliness or loss, or that fear of not having enough. The…

REMEMBRANCE

During today’s meeting we’ll be taking time out to remember those who have given their lives during the various wars that have rocked our world. Whatever your thoughts on the rights or wrongs of war, today is a day to honour those who have given their lives and it is right and proper to remember.…