Category Archives: worship

Is Worship about Describing God or Encountering him?

I have been thinking about worship recently and it occurred to me that for some people worship is about describing and focusing on who God is whilst for others it is about meeting with and encountering God. Sometimes, these two views are … Continue reading

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Will we give our best to Jesus?: A Thought for Palm Sunday

The crowd was so excited to see Jesus that they laid their coats and palm leaves on the ground for the donkey that was carrying him to ride over. Lots of people went home that day with clothing that looked … Continue reading

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Advent 8: Mary served God Gratefully rather than through Gritted Teeth

A few days after she was told that she would give birth to the son of God, Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth. The angel had said that Elizabeth was also miraculously pregnant and Mary jumped at the opportunity … Continue reading

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A Gathering of People: Pictures of the Church Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the pictures/metaphors of the church that are used in the Bible. The New Testament was written in Greek and the word that is translated in English as church is ‘Ekklesia’ which … Continue reading

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The BIG CAR that was really small

So, we decided to name our newest car Gloria after the Hippo from the film Madagascar. Gloria is a Grand Tourneo Connect and she is huge allowing plenty of space for our family and the baggage luggage that we bring with … Continue reading

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We could hear the singing from 2 1/2 miles away

So, we were walking through some woods near Boxted (just north of Colchester). It was a lovely and peaceful walk, until we heard the singing. It definitely wasn’t the most beautiful singing I have ever heard, but it was passionate. It was … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: What is that all about?

Palm Sunday is a time when we remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem and that the crowd went wild, laying palm leaves and their coats on the floor. Have you ever wondered what was going on and what it was all about? As … Continue reading

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Staff worship or God worship?

I have a friend who works for a Christian organisation and yesterday she sent me a message with a link to a video that they had used in their ‘staff worship’. I struck me how odd the phrase ‘staff worship’ is, … Continue reading

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100 cats, an orangutan or a dolphin?

We asked the children at church yesterday morning what they would choose if they could have anything they wanted and these were three of their suggestions. We also thought about Mary who used a jar of expensive perfume to anoint … Continue reading

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It’s not all about me!

It’s Sunday and lots of people will be going to church. Have you ever left feeling disappointed because the service wasn’t just right for you? We all will feel this way sometimes and this is okay because church isn’t for just you. … Continue reading

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