Remembrance Sunday 

Sunday 11th November marks 100 years to the day since the end of World War One. It was a war that involved over 65 million men - one third of whom ended up wounded. Some 8.5 million were killed.

Of those millions who died, how many do we remember by name?

We should perhaps remember the name of one solider - George Lawrence Price. Aware that the armistice was to begin at 11am, that morning they were instructed to advance from Frameries. Stepping out of a house into the street Price was hit by a German sniper. At 10:58am he died - 2 minutes before the armistice came into effect. Price is remembered as the last solider killed during World War One.

Since then millions more have suffered and died in wars.

How many do we remember by name?

It's impossible of course to remember all those millions of names.

But remembrance day is an opportunity to reflect. And a time to pray for peace.

Christians remember that 2,000 years ago one man died in order to bring us peace. Jesus' death was the ultimate sacrifice.  A sacrifice we are asked to remember with the words: do this in remembrance of me.

This Sunday we'll gather to reflect and pray for peace. We'll do so not in despair but in hope. The hope that thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus lasting peace will one day be a reality.
 

Keith Wilson, 05/11/2018


Explore: Life. Faith. Meaning. 

 There are surprisingly few times in life when we get to ask the sort of questions that really matter. 

Those big questions.

Those persistent questions that won't got away - no matter how busy we try to keep ourselves.

Jesus loved to meet people. And Jesus seemed to take a genuine delight in helping people find answers to their big questions.

What on earth am I here for?

How can I pray?

Does God still heal today?

On Wednesday 17th October we've got our Alpha Supper.

And you're invited.

Come along if you enjoy great food.

Come and join us if you like wonderful music.

And come along if you would like to find out a little more about what our Autumn Alpha course will be like.

We'd love to see you on the 17th. Why not reserve your free place right now? 
 

Keith Wilson, 05/10/2018


Why did Jesus do what Jesus did? 

There are some things that Jesus did that we would expect Jesus to do.

We might expect Jesus to welcome children. You can hardly have a starring role at Christmas if you're not child friendly.

If we recall that Jesus is the Son of God then we might very well expect Jesus to perform miracles, calm storms and generally show the world just who is in charge.

We might even expect the one who called himself 'Savior' to actually do something dramatic like dying in order to rescue the people he loved.

There are some things that Jesus did that we would expect Jesus to do.

And then there are the things Jesus did that we just would not expect Jesus to do.

Why did the Son of God allow himself to be opposed, ridiculed and even humiliated by mere humans?

And why did the one who calls himself 'Savior' prove so unable to save himself from a brutal and horrible death?

But the one that's puzzling me this week is this - just why did Jesus get baptized?

Luke writes this: When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.

Jesus was baptized.

The Son of God went and got himself publicly baptized.

Why did Jesus do what Jesus did?

Thankfully there are some clues.

Jesus identified himself with us.
And by identifying with humans Jesus also modeled for every human the right way to life.

If we are to live right - then we need to follow Jesus.

This weekend one of our young people will be getting baptized.
It's a sign that they have accepted Jesus' offer of forgiveness.

And it's a powerful symbol too that they have chosen to follow Jesus wherever Jesus goes.

Why did Jesus do what Jesus did?

Jesus did what Jesus did so that, in the words of Isaiah: "..all people will see God's salvation."

Would you dare to do what Jesus did?



  

Keith Wilson, 06/09/2018