Rejoicing in Reconciliation

Do you ever have those conversations with someone who always has “just another thing”? You’ve had a pleasant chat and thought you were about to part company and then they come up with “just another thing”? We are coming towards the end of our sermon series on Philippians and Paul is beginning to wind up […]


Quiet my Anxious Thoughts

As I was thinking about what I was going to share this morning, a came across a survey that was carried out in 2015. It was a piece of research looked at what people in the UK worry about, and it found some interesting things. It revealed that the average adult spends an average of […]


Humble to Honoured

At Ignite on Thursday evening, Malcolm brought a picture along of a pot that had been broken and repaired using a Japanese technique called Kintsugi. In this method the repair is done with a lacquer mixed with gold, in a way that highlights the repair and makes the pot even more beautiful. Now there are […]


Rejoice in prayer

This evening we are beginning our new sermon series exploring Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi but before we dive into the letter itself, it is worth taking a few minutes to understand the background and the context it is written into. A lot of this background is provided by the reading we had […]


Look Again

Today is Vision Sunday at All Saints – it says so on the notice sheet, so it must be. Now I have to be honest and tell you that when I planned this I did not realise that this Sunday was also the first Sunday of Epiphany, it is just one of those serendipities that […]


Vision

I wonder if anybody recognises this gentleman. It is Kevin McCloud. Are there are any other Grand Designs fans in church this morning? For those of you who don’t watch it, the basic idea is that each episode features the building of a Grand Design, a house that is extraordinary, either because of its architecture, […]


It’s All About Love

Reading John’s letters always makes me smile, he just can’t stop talking about love. He’s completely obsessed by it. Don’t forget that the first time we met John he was in a fishing boat on the lake of Galilee, probably as quite a young man. Jesus calls him and off he goes, with his brother […]


Songs of Praise

This morning we’ve heard the songs of two women who share a name in their own language, though separated by the early translators of the Bible. Miriam and Mary, also separated by centuries of history, but singing from the overflow of the same joy in their hearts at the working of the same God in […]


Oh Come All Ye, Get Full

I wonder if anybody here has seen the advertising billboard on the station car park? Can anybody remember what it says? It is an advert for a KFC “Colonel’s Christmas Banquet and it says this, “Oh Come All Ye, Get Full.” See what they’ve done there, “Oh Come All Ye, Get Full.” Now, I like […]


Together at Christmas

Who knows what this is? It’s a toasting fork. On Friday my Dad and I went to the British Ironwork centre just outside Oswestry and spent a couple of hours in the forge there having a blacksmithing lesson. My Dad made a poker for the stove on his canal boat, and I made a toasting […]