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Worship for this Sunday

 Dear All,

The story of the Canaanite woman is a story about challenge and inclusivity. She is desperate. She challenges Jesus. He, together with his disciples, is prejudiced against the Canaanites. Yet she persists using one of the most powerful challenges in the Bible; ‘yet even the dogs eat the crumbs under their masters table’ . He drives the demon from her daughter. From then on all are included in his mission as we read later in Matthew’s Gospel when Jesus tells his disciples to proclaim the Good News to all nations.

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Worship for this Sunday

 

Dear All,

Our readings this week may make us question where we find God in our lives. Are we like Ezekiel expecting to find God in the dramatic but who finds God in the sound of sheer silence? Or are we like Peter finding God in the person of Jesus during a storm on the lake? Possibly we find God in many aspects of lives but we need to be alert because God is always there for us.

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Worship this Sunday

Dear All,

This Sunday our Gospel reading from parables about seeds and crops to parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. There are five parables describing the Kingdom of Heaven. What we need to try to understand is that we are each a part of building that Kingdom today. It is a Kingdom of love and joy. It can be counter-cultural and may be hard work but, as the parables illustrate, is hugely rewarding.

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A service for the fourth Sunday after Trinity

Dear All,

When we read Paul’s letters there are passages that may give us an insight into the inner struggles that Paul endured. Today, in his letter to the Roman’s, Paul bares his soul. His inner turmoil is caused by his human nature being in conflict with his passion to serve Jesus. As a teacher of the Jewish Law, Paul was letting go of the structures of his old faith but struggling with the freedom that following Jesus brought him. He may not have been aware of the words of Jesus that Matthew records: ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

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