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  • Prayer Request

    This short news article on the BMS World Mission website has promped this post.

    David Kerrigan is one of the people I admire most in the whole world.  He would probably be embarrassed to be told that, but it's true.

    David's role in BMS is challenging and demanding, he meets hundreds of people and travels widely.  He is a gifted speaker, educator, preacher and pastor.  He holds strong views with incredible grace and humility.  He is one of the most Baptist Baptists I know.

    And five years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer and was scared witless, David took the time to pray for me during a trip to Israel/Palestine.  Since then we have met on occasions and he has been a great encourager of my own ministry.

    Now David faces his own journey with cancer, has had some surgery and needs time to rest and recouperate.  I can't equal praying in the homeland of Jesus, but I can pray...

    Pray that David knows the love of God surrounding him, and is granted peace within the storm

    Pray that David will have places and spaces to express his emotions and concerns

    Pray that David and his family will given privacy when they need it, and company when they need that

    Pray that in the tracing of rainbows hope will be renewed

    Pray that in the darkest night inextinquishable flames lead the way onward

    Pray for wholeness and the assurance that all will be well


    I hope that five years from now, David will be fit and well, living life to the full and able to look back, as I do, wondering where the time has gone.

  • A Right Knit!

    Thirty "squares" knitted and ready for blocking, pressing and sewing up.  I have a strong suspicion some of the sizes will be sufficiently different that some knitted "shims" will be necessary.

    Once that's all done, there's just the small matter of knitting a border to finish the whole thing off.

    Still on target for my personal deadline!

  • Planning Preaching...

    One of the tasks I set myself for this morning was to come up with a preaching plan for the autumn, probably the part of the year in which there is least opportunity for a clear run at anything, especially if you are daft enough to take your main holiday in October!

    Yesterday our Worship Group had a very productive and creative meeting working out how to fit in the assorted special services that are coming up, and which I think have the potential to be exciting and a little bit innovative.

    But I still have a huge void called mid-October to mid-November where, apart from Remembrance, I have no idea what we might explore together.  The Lectionary is not overly inspiring, and four weeks, with a one week gap, is not conducive to much by way of a series.

    At various times - but not for quite a long time - I have invited suggestions for preaching themes or series, and I am wondering if maybe this might be such a time.  I have a few back up ideas for 'one-off' services, but it does feel good to listen to what the people in the 'pews' are interested in exploring and respond also to that.

    Watch this space... and more will emerge, eventually!