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A HARD PRAYER

October 30, 2020

Good afternoon.PrayerHurricanes blowing terrible winds.Wars in Nagorno-Karabakh in eastern Europe.Syrian civil war continues, almost 10 years, I forgot.Covid 19, of course ravages our communities in the whole world.Polarizing election in the un-United States.Cancer lives in our communities.Religious  violence in France.Hottest temperature recorded in 2020, since the 1800’sNuclear weapons are in the hands of the USA, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, England, France, North Korea and Israel.There are 26 million […]

Leaves od Faith

October 28, 2020

Wednesday October 28, 2020 Good afternoon, ” The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of God will stand forever.”Isaiah 40:8 The passage from Isaiah is part of a larger section on the comfort of God. The passage might have been written when the people of God had been ousted from Jerusalem, and […]

Wise as snakes…

October 27, 2020

uesday October 27, 2020Good afternoon.” I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”  Matthew 10:16 There is a new theory that has come across my desk about the deaths by the coronavirus. It has been reported by news sources, and now President Trump is quoting it […]

Merciful

October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020Good afternoon ” … once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10 This seems straightforward. Before you were the people of God, you did not know you needed mercy. Your sins might have been out there, and you were not aware that mercy was available. Greek culture […]

We are people. We are of God

October 22, 2020

October 21, 2020Good afternoon,” … Once you were not a people, and now you are the people of God…”  I Peter 2:10 What makes us a community ?  When Peter talks about being a people,  I think he is talking about being a community. Here in Poole, we do not have bylaws or a constitution, so what is […]

Prayer for Today

October 20, 2020

October 18, 2020Good morning everyone, Wherever you find yourselves on this Sunday morning, I wish a renewed sense of God’s presence. May you find God in the prayers you offer, the songs you hum ( or sing ) and the Word of God that is read. May God’s Spirit envelope you today. PRAYERGod, of the earth and […]

Does the Church Still Have Legs

October 20, 2020

Monday October 19, 2020Good afternoon, On Saturday I will be attending, virtually, a conference by Mennonite Church Canada, called ” Does the Church Still Have Legs “. We will have four main speakers, and different workshop sessions. It will be about what the church has to say to the world. It was planned before the pandemic, but I […]

What Will you Remember ?

October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020Good afternoon,When we look back in 2030 to 2020, what will our memories be ? Memory is an interesting thing. Two people experiencing the same event can remember differently. I think spouses do this all the time. Police are aware that eyewitness testimony is often contradictory and not reliable. Do people see what they want […]

Seeing from the other point of view

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020Good afternoon,Jesus, help us live in peace   STJ 52 ” Jesus, help us live in peace,  from our blindness set us free.  Fill us with your healing love.  Help us live in unity.  Many times we don’t agree   On what’s right or wrong to do.  Fill us with your healing love.  It’s so hard […]

Worship, Be Nice, Work for Peace

October 13, 2020

October 12, 2020 Good afternoon, HAPPY THANKSGIVING ” Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and         petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. […]