Weekly church email

Perspective

Dear Minster and Friends, Things look different from a distance. I’m sure you can think of some examples; one for me is the way that the world looks so different when viewed from an aeroplane window. Everything looks like it’s in miniature; and things seems to move much more slowly. Metaphorically-speaking, it’s not dissimilar with […]

Refuge from the Storm

  Dear Minster and friends, “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 2:12 A refuge. On the mountains in the alps, as a shelter from the storm, as a hiding place in times of war. This is what the word ‘refuge’ denotes. There is a certain blessing in knowing where to go when circumstances […]

Workmanship, Craftsmanship, Masterpiece

  Dear Minster and friends, Some verses of scripture are so full of meaning that we need to come around them again and again, perhaps like your favourite view, that looks incredible any time of year and from any angle. You never get tired of it and it always brings you something new. For me, one […]

The Mission of God Builds Relationships

  Dear Minster and friends, The word ‘mission’ is used in all sorts of ways, and not all of them are helpful. We can be on a mission to get a birthday present for someone, on a government mission, or even use the phrase to say something is difficult …’to be honest, it’s a bit […]

People of the Cross

  Dear Minster and Friends, I was deeply moved this week with a meditation on the cross from Don Horrocks at our weekly midweek communion. (It is on Wednesday mornings, if you are interested, starting with prayer from 8.30, and then with communion from 9.30-10am). These communion services have carried on through the life of […]

Beautiful Feet

  “And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Dear Minster and Friends, There is a lot of talk about beauty in our culture – and it is usually about the surface of things. Beauty in […]

He Set My Feet on a Rock

  Dear Minster and Friends, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my […]

Life Itself is Grace

  Dear Minster and Friends, Happy New Year! What is on the horizon for you? Before launching yourself into your dreams and hopes and vowing never to eat another mince pie as long as you live- may I share with you something we have done as a family for many years on or around New […]

Merry Christmas

  Dear Minster and Friends, I’m sure I will not be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas, but I do hope I will not be the last. May I share with you the first few lines of a Puritan prayer. My Dear Lord I wholly depend upon thee, Wean me from all […]

Prince of Peace

Dear Minster and Friends, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) As we prepare for Christmas, it can often feel like our lives are […]