Look Back - Look Forward -
November is the month of remembrance. Traditionally beginning with All Saints Day, and followed by All Souls Day. Then we “Remember, remember the 5th November! Gun powder treason and plot.” This year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on the same day marking the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War!
The theme for our Bible Readings and Sermons throughout November are to Look Back with Thanksgiving! Sometimes we are tempted to look back and assume that those were the good old days. Looking back through rose-tinted spectacles, we can easily forget the reality of the struggles and the hardships we and others endured. It is important as Christian disciples to recognise and honour our past, where we have come from, with whom we have shared our lives, and what we once were. We do not do this to live in, or hold on to some golden past, but to embrace the moment in which we live knowing that we have been shaped by all that has gone before. Hebrews 12:1 “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses… let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
During the Sundays of Advent we are encouraged to Look Forward with Hope! Throughout history God’s people have been looking forward to a coming king and a coming kingdom, a new way to live in the world. This is the theme we pick up in our Advent Bible Readings and Sermons leading up to Christmas, which celebrates the fulfilment of the hope of God’s people in Jesus the Word made flesh.
At the start of the New Year we celebrate the season of Epiphany when with the Wisemen we Look up in Faith and we are led to see, and worship Jesus as Lord and King!
Remember you once were
Second reading: Luke 5:27-31
Remembering our Hero’s
Second reading: John 15:9-15
Second reading: Matthew 5:38-48
Do this in remembrance of me
Second reading: 1Corinthians 11:23-26
A new Heaven and a new earth
Second reading: Luke 21:25-28
A new law
Second reading: Luke 3:1-6
A new creation
Second reading: Luke 3:7-18
A new image
1 John 3:1-3
Second reading: Luke 1:39-45
Second reading: 1 Samuel 2:18-20 & 26
Following the Star
Second reading: Ephesians 3:1-12
Second reading: Isaiah 42:1-7
This is the gate of heaven
Second reading: John 1:43-51
Set your hearts on things above
Second reading: Matthew 16:13-17
Grow us in relationship with you
The Way of Jesus
With this series we are exploring what it means to follow the way of Jesus in the 21st Century. In the gospels, when Jesus called his disciples to follow him, it meant to seek a radically new way of living, one that seeks to transform our own spiritual health, and that of the world around us. Throughout all of the Bible, the people of God are called to invest in that relationship, and throughout the last 2000 years of church history, men and women, young and old, have embraced that invitation of Jesus to move beyond the surface of life and to explore the depths of the spiritual life God calls us to. The earliest followers of Jesus called this ‘The way’.
During this series we will get the chance to explore ways in which the Bible calls us to develop our relationship with God, to transform our perspectives on who he is and who he has called us to be, and to attend to the spiritual health of our lives. We will explore spiritual disciplines and practices that are available for followers of Jesus of any age or spiritual maturity, and you will be invited to consider some that might be new and challenging to you. Leo Tolstoy once said that “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves.” Let us take seriously the invitation of Jesus to come and follow him, to be both transformed by him and transformers of the world around us, as we seek to become followers of his way.
Each week we have a card which offers practical advice and suggestions about how we may explore spiritual life in more depth during the week.
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