Chuckle of the week…

It was a crisp fall morning in the Bronx, a bit cold but still nice enough to have the windows open before we left for school.

I was living off campus in a three-story brownstone, starting my first year at Fordham University. My roommates had already headed out and I was about to sit down to a quick breakfast.

I went back to my bedroom for a moment to get a book. By the time I returned, a squirrel had planted himself squarely in the middle of the kitchen table.

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Coming Near

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;  repent, and believe in the good news.”  Mark 1:14-16 (NRSV)

 

NASA has mercifully informed us that the asteroid that is closing in on Earth, at this moment, will miss us! So it should be whizzing out into the darkness of space having ‘come near’ by next Sunday.

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It’s Saturday

SATURDAY

Dear God,
It’s Saturday,
and the week has been a mixture of highs and lows,
joys and headaches,
deep fulfilment and new challenges…….

 

There are things we have done well,
things we could have done better,
and things we have avoided doing,
for whatever reason…..

But throughout it all we have grown,
even although we may not recognise it….
For you continue to work through us,
in so many hidden and unseen ways,
moulding us,
into the person you call us to be…..

And so help us this Saturday,
to be thankful for this past week,
and as the day progresses,
stir up in us a sense of joy and anticipation,
as we look forward to gathering to worship you,
in our church fellowship,
tomorrow morning….
AMEN

ISAIAH 64: 8

We are the clay, you are the potter. We are all the work of your hand.

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Pleasing God – Bible Thought

 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[a] with you I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:9-11 (NRSV)

The famous Gold winning Olympic runner and Christian missionary, Eric Liddell says in the movie ‘Chariots of Fire’- ‘God made me to run fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure’

However, we tend to think that we can never please God. Moreover, it is somewhat wrong even to think we could feel his pleasure. But that is to cast God in the false image of a overbearing father who can never be satisfied by what we achieve or even aspire to.

Our reading today reminds us that God was pleased with Christ. And so, by implication, we too can give him pleasure when we use all that we are to be all we can be.  Since, after all, who does not delight in being a proud parent!

 

Let us pray

Lord, God

Help me be all that I can be

All that Christ wants me to be

and all that you made me

capable of being.

Indeed, let me feel  your smile.

 

Amen

 

Cafe of Memories

As we grow older, we all find it more difficult to make new friends. In fact, even keeping up with old friendships can be a struggle. This is made more difficult if  infirmities keep us bound to our homes.

That’s why we are starting our monthly ‘Cafe of Memories’ afternoon refreshments. Starting with tea or coffee, there will items on the tables to help bring back memories of the past and offer an opportunity to reminisce. For example, this month’s theme is ‘Old Dundee’. Then there will be a short moment of worship with familiar hymns and readings.  Throughout we will be sensitive to the needs of those who find remembering a challenge and those who help them today.

If you would like to find renewed companionship or care for someone who has difficulties of mind then please come along for our first Cafe of Memories at 2 p.m. on 3 September in our Halls.

The Circle

A 13th Century Pope wished to commission some works of art for St Peter’s in Rome. To decide who he would employ, he sent a messenger to the most famous Italian artists of the day asking for examples of their craft.

When the emissary reached Giotto in Florence, he received a shock. For on hearing the request, the great artist took a plain sheet of paper and, using his arm as a makeshift compass, drew a perfect circle in red ink. He then handed it over as his only submission. The messenger was indignant – ‘won’t you send in more pictures?’ ‘

No’ –  came the reply – ‘just tell your master how I did that’

Needless to say he got the job.

Today some of the most beautiful art in the world, still stands testimony to Giotto’s ability to give something simple.

 

Lord, let us not despise simple things.

Instead let us treasure them.

For often within the simple

is perfection itself. 

Amen 

 

 

 

The Bookshop

I climbed the stairs slowly to the secondhand book store. There sitting in piles of stock sat it’s owner reading behind a tatty desk. Above him was pinned a notice proclaiming – there is a book here for you! Somehow I doubted it. Yet I searched reasonably diligently in the novels, hobbies and history sections. Even the personal development and spirituality shelves held nothing to whet my appetite of imagination. So I couldn’t resist the temptation to return to the desk and remark – ‘ I can’t find my book.’ The old man smiled and said, ‘it’s there behind you!’ I turned and saw a volume bearing my name. On opening it, I read my early life, my youth and my recent stagnating years. I saw days of  success and failure, happiness and sadness, peace and struggle. Finally, I found a paragraph starting –  ‘I climbed the stairs slowly…..’ . The remaining pages were blank. In my surprise I turned to the shop owner . He was offering a pen and gesturing that I now write something afresh.

Lord, thanks for the blank pages
Of life yet to come
Many we write on them
Words that are worthy of ourselves
And you

Amen