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Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Epiphany Sunday: Eureka


A few Sundays in the year have special names, such as Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, etc. This Sunday is called Epiphany and you might well ask...so what? Epiphany is the Sunday closest to January 6th, the

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas: Heaven Surprises Earth

Let me begin by wishing you a hopeful, loveful, joyful and peaceful Christmas. Today we celebrate the (ongoing) event of God surprising earth with Heaven. In Christ, God surprised earth with Heaven. Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, shepherds, wise men, Herod, a stable, Bethlehem ... God surprised them all with Heaven. I hope God surprises you with Heaven because of Christmas 2015.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Some new "all age" Christmas Songs

My colleague and hymn writer Brenton Prigge, visit him at NewHymn, has written 2 lovely Christmas songs which will work well for All-Age worship or any intergenerational setting.

Ring the bells, Sing and tell
Words by Brenton Prigge © 2015
May be sung to Jingle Bells

Friday, December 18, 2015

Advent 4: Peace that passes all understanding

Advent reaches its completion in gathered worship today. Here at Meadow Way our Advent journey has taken us through the candles, the Light, of hope, then love, last week joy and finally this week, Peace. And I hope that the light of hope, love, joy and peace is shining a little brighter (or much brighter) onto and into the darkness of your and my areas of hopelessness, lovelessness, joylessness and unpeace. You see, the repeated celebration of Christmas only really makes sense and takes on meaning if you and I realise, recognise, confess, that we are the people walking in darkness who have seen a great light, we are the ones living in a land of deep darkness on whom a light has dawned.

Original "Hark the Herald Angels" from the Wesley Brothers

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
"Glory to the King of kings;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"

Monday, December 14, 2015

Advent 4: Peace

This Sunday at Meadow Way we will relight the candles of HOPE, LOVE and JOY ... then we will light our final candle of Advent, the candle of PEACE.
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope, our love, our joy and our peace.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent 3:Prayers and Teaching for Joy Sunday

Prayer for Third Sunday in Advent:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer for Sundays:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

My Sermon for this Sunday

Zephaniah 3:14-20   Isaiah 12:2-6   Philippians 4:4-7

We are in the season of Advent, the first season of the Christian year. The season of Advent is followed by the season of Christmas, then Epiphany, then Lent, Holy Week, then Easter which is followed by the longest season of the year, Pentecost. Advent is a time of remembering the coming of Christ. It is not about one coming, but rather about three comings: the first coming is the

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent 2


Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Prayer for World AIDS Day 2015

10 years of my ministry (1996-2006) were spent at the worldwide epicentre of the HIV/AIDS pandemic ... rural KwaZulu Natal in South Africa ... which had the highest per capita rates of new infections and number of deaths worldwide. That many of those deaths were completely preventable is the well documented story of denialism and quackery that were the institutionalized order of the day. Praise God that His will was eventually done in terms of justice and mercy. I have journeyed professionally and compassionately through the path of this scourge. In my 3rd year as a dental student (1980) our lecture in Virology (which we did together with the medical students) on the subject was a simple 4 or 5 lines of notes on this new disease !!! The rest, of course, is (ongoing) history.
Please pray the prayer below, which I republish from last year, as often as you can:

Gracious God and Father of all comfort, Creator of all life and Purveyor of all creation, Almighty God of the Universe to You belongs all life. Today, on World AIDS Day, we give you thanks and praise for Your mercy, grace, compassion and love which are beyond measure. In You is our Salvation and in You