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Month: February 2021

Receive Grace – A Transforming Guest

There’s a constant temptation to think that ‘real sinners’ are the others. Essentially, people not like us. We like to think that Jesus will sort ‘them’ out.

But what if He sees us, ‘the respectable sort’ and invites us to change? What would that set us free from? What would that make possible for us?

Jesus, the transforming guest offers us all that opportunity.

Midweek Musings – Harry, Elizabeth, a Small Man and Service

This Sunday we will read the story of a small man with a big reputation who found that he had to set an extra place at the table for Jesus. If you grew up in Sunday School, you sang about the man, acted the story out, coloured in the pictures. Once you’ve met him, you never forget Zachaeus

Receive Grace – An Undemanding Guest

Jesus is coming for tea. There’s so much to prepare for such an important guest.

But Jesus is the most undemanding of guests, and what He wants more than a great meal and a spotless house is to spend time with you.

Will you make time for Him?

Midweek Musings – Knowing Your Place

Have you ever wondered whether others are asking: What is s/he doing here? Who does s/he think s/he is?

It’s the feeling that maybe you don’t have the right to be in the conversation, or the experience to be in the team, or the skills to be used in a task.

Most of us have only got just-enough security, that it doesn’t take much for us to be destabilised. And the thought that people might be asking these questions can really rock us…

Receive Grace – An Embarrassing Guest

Jesus was regularly invited to meals. Some wanted to argue with him, others just wanted to get close to him.

Some folks were socially at ease with him. But some seemed to make a fuss – to such an extent that it could be embarrassing.

But Jesus didn’t seem fazed by it, In fact he seemed to enjoy it. Maybe it was because he knew that this is how grace feels to those starved of hope.

That’s still how it feels.

Midweek Musings – Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a £140 takeaway

Excessive displays of adoration are always embarrassing for those watching on. It’s hard not to make a joke about it, or whisper some catty remark, or groan grumpily. After all, who wants to watch this emotional incontinence?

Receive Grace – Jesus Knocks

One of the most difficult things we have had to deal with over the last year is the loss of close contact with others.

We will be part of the healing process to the extent that we offer space, time and food to others.

Hospitality matters! But we will always feel awkward if we haven’t come to terms with the fact that Jesus asks to eat with us first – in all our mess and confusion.

Midweek Musings – The Power Of Hospitality

In a few months there will be opportunities to meet with groups of people again. In restaurants, coffee shops or in our homes. I’ve missed that so much.

But it’s coming, so it’s time to prepare ourselves. After a year of distance, we need to be ready to receive one another again.

It’s time to think about who you will want to invite.