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Reflections from Idsworth Church.

Jeremy led us this morning, using images and a prayer to be found in this 1000-year old church, which has outlasted its village and now sits alone in a field in Hampshire. The prayer gave the structure of our time together as we sheltered in the bandstand from drizzle and cascading autumn leaves… The prayer… Read more »

Prayer of Thanks

With signs of healing and words of justice, You revealed that another world is possible. You proclaimed news of another kingdom, You chose a life of nonviolent confrontation with the powers of your time. You restored wholeness to the sick and to those called impure. You tore down the boundaries of tribe, gender and sexuality… Read more »

JONATHAN DANIELS and RUBY SALES

Here’s what Steve did with us this morning! Welcome to nowness. We are invited by Jesus into the NOW – where the past is fixed and forgiven and the future hope yet to be fully realised. We are invited to this day. To NOW. We breath with our God-given breathe – YAH – WEH –… Read more »

Blessings and being part of it all

We had a very special time on Sunday morning – not least due to seeing Jo after the traumatic premature arrival of Esme (along with Simon and Evie) and Suzi with Polly (our first chace to congratulate Poll onher engagement! We used our litany of thanksgiving to start. Julie shared some words from Richard Rohr… Read more »

The Crucifixion of Jesus.

Richard Rohr writes: Two theologians I deeply respect, Marcus Borg (1942-2015) and John Dominic Crossan (b. 1934), offer important historical and symbolic context for the crucifixion of Jesus. The theory of “substitutionary atonement” only became dominant in recent centuries. This common Christian understanding goes far beyond what the New Testament says. Of course, sacrificial imagery… Read more »

Surely God is in this place!

On Wednesday evening when we met, those words came into my mind as we shared real sadnesses and yet found laughter quick to follow. The words are from Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel and that was our them this morning in a very rainy day in the park! After some deep silence we read… Read more »

Leadership

Last Wednesday evening Gary Neville was working as a football pundit for ITV during the England v Denmark semi-final. Neville played 400 matches for Manchester United at right-back and 85 times for England.  He is one of the shrewdest and most eloquent football pundits.  During the celebrations after England’s victory Neville dismantled any attempt by… Read more »

Mysteries and Miracles

With the ending of some of the Covid restrictions we could once more meet in the Bandstand our spiritual home since September 2009. Not since March 2020 had we all been together under one roof, even if we have plenty of ventilation with open sides.    The joy of meeting outdoors and experiencing the changes… Read more »

Wassailing and suchlike

Jeremy and Sue led us this week combining thoughts on Wassail, Groundhoog day, Candlemas and St Brigid’sday. We started with words of The Welcome Be still Be attentive to the divine presence God of beginnings and endings as the seasons turn towards Spring We come to you as new shoots of life emerge We welcome… Read more »

Sunday 24th January led by Paul

Today we met via Zoom, using a prayer video by Kelly Ann Hall called The Great Reversal which is featured on The Work of the People website and was inspired by Isaiah 60. Here are some excerpts:   Look up, Love, take your eyes off the ground, show your face! A new day is here…. Read more »