Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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Bible reading: Luke 2:22-40 (NIVUK) Jesus presented in the temple 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the […]

The greatest commandment

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Bible reading: Mark 12:28-34 (NIVUK) The greatest commandment 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ 29 ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the […]

Mission Sunday

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Bible reading: John 1:29-42 (NIVUK) John testifies about Jesus 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” 31 I […]

The baptism of Christ

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Bible reading: Matthew 3:13-17 (NIVUK) The baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?’ 15 Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to […]

What’s in a name?

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Bible readings: Isaiah 7:10-16 (NIVUK) 10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.’ 12 But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.’ 13 Then Isaiah said, ‘Hear now, you house of David! […]

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

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Bible readings: Isaiah 35:1-10 (NIVUK) Joy of the redeemed 35 The desert and the parched land will be glad;     the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;     it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,     the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; […]

Advent Sunday

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Bible reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 (NIVUK) The mountain of the Lord 2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established     as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills,     and all nations will stream to it. […]

Growing on the front line 6 – Going deeper in tough times

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Bible reading: Hebrews 12:1-13 (NIVUK) 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. […]

Growing on the front line 4 – Our emotions reveal our desires

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Bible reading Matthew 4:1-11 (NIVUK) Jesus is tested in the wilderness 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones […]