November 8: Give unto Caesar

November 8: Give unto Caesar

  Some religious leaders try to trap Jesus by asking about paying taxes. Say yes, and the people will hate you. Say no, and the Romans will arrest you. Reflect Bearing in mind what I said this morning, what did you think Jesus meant when he said, ‘Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to

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November 1: The Greatest Commandment

November 1: The Greatest Commandment

  The Jews had over 600 commandments to follow Were they all equal, or was there one that trumped them all? Reflect Religion both limits people and inspires them. When has religion diminished or limited you? How do you live with those memories? When has faith has inspired you to see the world differently? What

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October 25: Creation Stories

October 25: Creation Stories

  Let’s stat at the very beginning- I hear it’s a very good place to start Almost every religion has a creation story When the Israelites were exiled in Babylon they were exposed to a very violent creation story, out of which they crafted their own. Reflect What do you make of the similarities and

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A Certain Piece of Fruit

  Today we read and think about Adam and Eve The story of original sin? …or maybe something much more intriguing Reflect We can’t reduce this story to a simple insight. It is complex. Last week, I spoke about Matthew Fox’s designation of it as ‘Original Blessing.’ Today, I add to that – ‘Original Blessing,

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October 11: The Garden

October 11: The Garden

  The Garden of Eden. Earth’s mythic, idyllic beginning Freedom, innocence and communing with nature and God What’s not to like? Reflect In this account, God grants wide-ranging permission to Adam and Eve. What experience of permission do you know concerning God? others? even yourself? Does your sense of permission need...

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October 4: In the Beginning

October 4: In the Beginning

  Today we go back to the start of it all… We read and think about the story of creation in Genesis 1 How do you align the Genesis story with modern scientific thought? Reflect How do you hold together science and faith, especially concerning the creation stories? What do you struggle with in holding

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September 27: The Undignified Father

September 27: The Undignified Father

  Today we look at probably the most well known story in the bible You might know it as “The Prodigal Son” But a more apt name might be “The Parable of the Undignified Father.” Reflect What do you make of the lack of consistency in these two parables? Can you recall a time when

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September 20: A Choice

September 20: A Choice

  Today our service is led by Rev Michael Barnes. We read and think about the parable of two sons. One said “No”, and then did his father’s will, the other said “Yes”, and then changed his mind The listener is given a choice: which did his father’s will? Reflect What does this parable mean

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September 13: The Feast

September 13: The Feast

  Jesus, the master story teller intrigues us once again with a story of a feast gone wrong How does it work in honour/shame societies when a shamed person doesn’t seek revenge? Jesus once again turns societal values on their head. Reflect Have you ever stood outside the boundaries and norms of a group that

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September 6: Love

September 6: Love

  Today our service is led by the Reverend Charissa Suli. What does it mean to love in our current COVID-19 world? How do we show God’s love when we are isolated and discouraged from meeting? We encourage you to not only watch the video sermon, but also to reflect, pray and act this coming

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