November 2017

Dear friends, This is the third of my musings based on the sermon I shared in August. In the sermon, I suggested that the Church exists for three reasons: to wrestle with God (as Jacob wrestled with God); to feed the needy (as Jesus did to the multitudes); and to give hope to the world. […]

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URC Daily Devotion 9th November

Nobody has a clue what is happening…apart from the Pharisees. The disciples don’t get it, as usual.  It’s not until later when they look back on things that it all starts to make sense.  Isn’t that the way of life?  Often when we are in the middle of something we don’t realise its significance until […]

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URC Daily Devotion 8th November

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and […]

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URC Daily Devotion 7th November

What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he? They were looking for Jesus (v.56), the crowds in Jerusalem, that is.  Looking for Jesus.  But really, he wouldn’t come here would he, not at this time, not when the tensions are high, not when the Romans are here, the Jewish […]

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URC Daily Devotion 5th November

My God, my God, O why have youForsaken and abandoned me?Why are you far from giving help,From listening to my anguished plea? My God, I cry to you by day;You do not hear when I complain.I call to you throughout the night;In silence I cannot remain. Yet you are holy: on the praiseOf Israèl you […]

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URC Daily Devotion 4th November

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But […]

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URC Daily Devotion 3rd November

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, […]

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URC Daily Devotion 1st November

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.  We must work the works […]

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URC Daily Devotion 31st October

Martin Luther was born in 1483 at Eisleben in Saxony and educated at the cathedral school in Magdeburg and the university in Erfurt. He joined an order of Augustinian hermits there and was ordained priest in 1507, becoming a lecturer in the university at Wittenberg. He became vicar of his Order in 1515, having charge […]

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