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Voices

Firstly I want to say a belated huge thank you to all those who bought a copy of Voices Through Advent and Christmas.  I hope that you all enjoyed it and it helped you into Advent and Christmas.

A second print had to be done, and indeed I have no copies left of that (though Moorleys do if you want to get in early for next year!)

As a follow up to that Voices Through Holy Week and Easter is currently at the printers.

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The Easter story is familiar to us.  We travel it year after year. Voices Through Holy Week and Easter seeks to breathe new life through the characters of that journey as they work through what is happening, what it means for them – and what it might mean for us each day.

The readings follow the account of Holy Week and beyond from all four gospels.

They are questions, hopes and fears – the reactions of the characters involved.  Brave followers of Jesus, who in this week didn’t always feel brave, but in the bravery and integrity of Jesus found his promises more than  fulfilled.

The question for us through all the story is ‘What about me?’, where the readings culminate.

The readings can be used in worship services to bring a different accent to the voices, or for personal reflection  as we journey through Holy Week to Easter and resurrection.

The books will be priced £4.50 and will be available as soon as they arrive from the printers.

To order please contact me on voicesthrough@outlook.com or available from Moorleys

Thank you again to everyone for your support.

 

 

 

 

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New Year

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As the year turns over,
I find myself acutely aware
of life and death,
of despair and hope,
of joy and sorrow,
of pain and promise,
of what has been
and what is to come

So…

“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.”

God Knows by Minnie Louise Haskins

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Do as I say,
not as I do.
Follow my sense,
not my stupidity.

May I not be a piler of burdens,
making your lot worse;
but a lifter,
a sharer
of the load you have to carry.

When I long to show off,
to make sure everyone sees me
and knows my achievements,
may I show only God –
all you are.

As I feel
that I deserve special treatment,
a little honour
and some appreciation of my worth,
may I treat others in the way
I would like to be treated,
and not worry about me.

You Lord
are my guide,
my teacher,
my leader.
May I follow only your ways.

Not my ways,
not the ways that sound impressive,
but lead only to the putting down of others.

Lord,
always,
may I do
as you say
and as you show.

Matthew 23:1-12 (CEV)

Jesus Condemns the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law of Moses

23 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.

They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels[a] for everyone to see. They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.

But none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters. Don’t call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. 10 None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader.11 Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. 12 If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.