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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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: 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 →

The Church in Every Age

Bryan Coates questioned us at the Anniversary of Romsey Methodist Church about our role and purpose.   Bryan reminded us that Sir David Frost had lived in the nearby village of Michelmersh. In 1962, the BBC broadcast the satirical programme, “That… Continue Reading →

A Worship Circle

When thinking about worship, as part of our Holy Habits journey, I paired up two different experiences when I felt stunned to silence. One was a view few from a mountain top in Colorado. The other is of some of the tools… Continue Reading →

Tempting, isn’t it?

Gap years give people a chance to find themselves before heading towards their career. Finding true wilderness in lands such as Namibia is a popular way of stepping out and working out priorities. Jesus “gap” tests At the start of… Continue Reading →

The Transfiguration

In our digital age, it’s become so easy to capture any moment in a picture. Holidays, weddings, even the meal we’ve just ordered can be recorded for posterity and uploaded to social media – shared for our friends to comment… 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 →

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