Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Back in the sixteenth century a revolution occurred throughout Europe. This revolution had profound implications on how human beings saw themselves and the world around them. This is not the Reformation, but the invention of the printing press. The printing press changed everything, it opened up a world of learning to people who before would have very little. It changed society just as much as agriculture and the emergence of cities did thousands of years ago. Today we are living through a similar revolution. With the coming of the radio and TV worlds were opened up to people that before were closed off. We can see the world like never

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John, Apostle and Evangelist

This week our reading is taken from John 21.19b-end read it aloud below: Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

This week our reading is taken from Luke 1.39-45 read it aloud below: In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb

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The Second Sunday of Advent

This week our featured reading is from Luke 3.1-6  read it aloud below. In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,‘The voice of one crying out

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How much do we need or how much do we want?

Back in 1986 my home town won the award of being the most deprived area in the European Union. We were all a bit upset about that because we all thought it should have gone to the next valley over Merthyr, which we all thought was far worse than us. Justice was served the following year when Aberdare came thrid with Merthyr winning and some awful place in France coming second. Growing up in a post industrial area like Aberdare or Stoke makes you think that you know something about poverty. When I was a student I lived in a run down house with some mates spending as little as

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