Living Lent, the cross-denominational Lent initiative from the Joint Public Issues Team, is back for another year. Running throughout Lent, from Wednesday 26 February, Living Lent will once again invite all Christians to commit to changing their lifestyles for the climate by signing up for one of the six challenges. Find out more…
Statement from Church Leaders ahead of 31st January 2020
The full statement ends:
“We will only be able to move towards having a sense of common purpose, despite our differences, when we choose to act with kindness, humility and respect towards those with whom we disagree. We call on our political leaders to set an example over the next weeks and months as we move towards negotiations which will require further decisions about priorities for the nations of the UK.
For our part, our Churches will be working and praying for:
- a society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre
- a society that welcomes the stranger
- a just economy that enables the flourishing of all life
- a planet where the environment is renewed
- a world which actively works for peace
- a politics characterised by listening, kindness and truthfulness.
We pray for the people of the UK, for our leaders, and for the whole of Europe, as we mark this significant moment together.”
Read Luke Chapter 24 (you can use a Bible you have, or follow the link)
And so we come to the end of our journey with Luke’s gospel. Not so much an end as a wonderful new beginning. If Easter with its resurrection hope hadn’t happened, the celebration of Jesus’ birth would not have caught on! But it did and would become the hinge dividing our calendar between Before Christ and ‘AD, in the year of our Lord’. At Christmas time we remember a birth story from 2000 years ago, but only because it’s a story impacting our now – for Jesus is alive, and by the Holy Spirit and through the Church God’s upside down Kingdom values are lived, nurtured and grown.
With love, truth and light… this Christmas Eve, through the Christmas Season… and for ever…
Have a very happy Christmas.
PS: There will be one final reflection, a video message will be linked from www.aksm.org.uk/christmas for Christmas Day.
Read Luke Chapter 23 (you can use a Bible you have, or follow the link)
And so we come to the cross… the death of Jesus. The earthly life of love, transformation, healing, teaching and modelling a new way of living had ended… but of course it was just beginning…
And the adventure continues in the lives of Jesus’ followers today…
With love, truth, hope and light… this Advent and Christmas time…
Read Luke Chapter 22 (you can use a Bible you have, or follow the link)
As our Advent journey nears its end, our journey with Luke brings us to events of Easter! From beginning to end Luke’s gospel tells of Jesus’ message of hope, love and justice for the poor and marginalised. Verses 24-27 are worth pondering within the context of 21st Century world politics… and Jesus invites us to share in the business of ushering in an upside down kingdom of love and service…
24 An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them should be thought of as the greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title ‘Friends of the People.’ 26 But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant. 27 Who is greater, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves? The one who sits down, of course. But I am among you as one who serves.
With love, hope, truth and light…
Read Luke Chapter 21 (you can use a Bible you have, or follow the link)
Here in this chapter are some difficult concepts about things that are to happen at the end of time. But the chapter begins with a story with a simpler message to grasp. Jesus notices the offering of the widowed woman and comments that she gave her all, while those with more gave relatively less. A simple challenge perhaps especially at Christmas time when there are opportunities to give to charitable and church causes. If our loose change is just that… have we really given anything of ourselves? Jesus asks that we give sacrificially. But how much is that..? Well it’s when we notice it ourselves and it hurts a little!
With love, truth and light… this Advent-tide
Read Luke Chapter 20 (you can use a Bible you have, or follow the link)
Questions, questions, questions… it’s good to ask questions. Maybe you have some questions as you ponder who Jesus is this Christmas time. The journey of faith is as much about living with the questions as knowing all the answers…
May God be in your questions, doubts, certainties, joys, hopes, fears, ups and downs this Advent time…