MethoBytes

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

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John Evans

Vision of life together

God of justice, you give us a vision for life together. You call us to work for a world and a society where what is broken is restored. This prayer was given to us by Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist… Continue Reading →

He who loves community destroys community

At first sight, this quotation from Dietrich Bonhöffer seems antagonistic to the Fellowship theme in the Holy Habits programme. What is wrong with loving your community? This was Dietrich Bonhöffer’s warning: Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because… Continue Reading →

The Advent light: are you a giver or taker?

The Advent run-up to Christmas starts with the last bite of teaching in Matthew: the pinnacle is the call to be a giver not a taker. The choice of the lectionary reading for the start of Advent (Matthew 24) is… Continue Reading →

What does our food cost, and who pays it?

Who bears the cost of our food in the UK if it takes over 5 times as much energy to provide our food than we get from it and can blight the lives of producers? Cost to our planet The… Continue Reading →

Referendum: Reconciliation, Reflection, and Reform

The referendum result demands us to question why and what next. The imperative is reconciliation of “Leavers” and “Remainers”.

Called out, with spirit

  The Spirit of Pentecost is evident now in those called to be beacons of love, joy, humility and hope.

From Referendum to Reconciliation

One thing is certain about the result of the referendum: there will be some very unhappy people. In March, as the campaigns for the referendum on our membership of the European Union were heating up, a couple of events struck… Continue Reading →

A Trivial Prayer?

Should the Lord’s Prayer advert have been allowed in cinemas because it was trivial? Has its staying-power been the result of its triviality, or its impact? In the recent debate over the banning of the showing in cinemas of the… Continue Reading →

When Jesus was a lad

Augustus was the God-Emperor when Jesus was born. But an artisan from a satellite village to a Graeco-Roman city came to be called Son of God. One of the few stories from Jesus’ childhood is presented in Luke’s Gospel (2:41-52). Jesus… Continue Reading →

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