MethoBytes

The thoughts and experiences of the folk who lead worship in Methodist Churches in Romsey (Test Valley) and the New Forest.

New day dawning !

We were on the Santa Cruz mountain in Jamaica at the dawn of Easter Sunday 1956, attending the sunrise service with the Bethlehem Moravian Church in their cemetery some two thousand feet above the plains of south St Elizabeth .  Surrounded… Continue Reading →

On our coronavirus desert journey

In one way or another this journey with the coronavirus will be tough and demanding for everyone. The very thought of weeks, even months of isolation from others is daunting in itself. Many are concerned for others, whether for members… Continue Reading →

What kind of water?

Living water – enabling eternal life In John’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem towards Galilee through Samaria. Technically they didn’t need to – they could have gone up the Jordan Valley but John often uses this imperative as… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: Jesus’ Baptism and Temptations

Jesus’ Baptism You may ask yourself, “why does Jesus need to be baptised? Surely he is the only person who doesn’t need it?” But the point of Jesus wanting to be baptised by John was that Jesus was identifying himself,… Continue Reading →

Now choose life

During a radio broadcast on what we could do to stop, or at least slow, the spread of the coronavirus, I heard a medical scientist who suggested this: don’t shake hands, don’t hug, don’t kiss. So, should we now have… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the Way: when God comes to us

In Matthew’s gospel the story of Jesus’ childhood is the only one to include Joseph being warned not to return to Judea because Archelaus was in power there. This was a warning of angelic nature; Archelaus combined cruelty and incompetence… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: Flight to Egypt

I’m not sure what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for travellers to Egypt from Judea might have been in about 4 BC; it formed the Roman province of Aegyptus then. There was an ancient highway running near the coast from Gaza… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: The magi and the mad king

What we know about the first encounter between the magi and Herod I (or Herod the Great) is described very succinctly in Matthew’s gospel: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from… Continue Reading →

Getting Ready

Advent is here! Christmas is coming! One of my habits as we get nearer to Christmas Day is to read ‘A Christmas Carol ’ by Charles Dickens.  Last week I went to a one-man presentation of that ageless story presented… Continue Reading →

Let God enjoy his creation?

The writer of Psalm 104 tells of the divine care in creation and then starts his hymn of praise with: The glory of God – let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation! Psalm 104:31 (The Message) The psalmist… Continue Reading →

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