Listening For Echoes


This week's #LiveLent theme is "Listening For Echoes", and we have been concentrating in our small group work and church services on how the gospel message can be seen in absolutely everywhere... if we know how to look! There is a knack to spotting where God is at work in the world, and it just …

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Ash Wednesday


Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. What is Ash Wednesday, then? Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. It marks the start of the 40 days of preparation ahead of the Easter celebrations, and it is a time that commemorates the time that Jesus spent in …

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Shrove Tuesday


Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent begins in the Western Christian calendar. It's a day that traditionally is marked by the consumption of excess fats from the cupboard ahead of the strict and austere Lenten fasting that Christians would make in preparation for Easter. For many, that would mean making and eating …

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Search me


Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Psalm 139: 23-24 Today is the day after Ash Wednesday, the second day of Lent. Lent is the time leading towards Easter during which Christians undertake …

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Intercessions For The Last Sunday Before Lent


It was my privilege to lead my church's intercessions this morning (St Paul's in Blackley) and I wondered if you might like to share them with us?   Let us pray for the church and our world: Heavenly father you promised to hear us when we pray in faith. We bring before you now those things …

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Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. When were you last on a 'mountaintop'?  You may answer in the literal or figurative sense of the word.  The setting of a mountain top is pertinent to me as a Christian at this time of the year. It seems that everything major that went on in the Bible was done on a mountain …

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Shrove Tuesday


Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent which is the Christian period of preparation leading to Easter. Lent is in recognition of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness and Christians spend the time in penitence, fasting or self-denial, prayer and almsgiving. In England pancakes are traditionally eaten today to use up …

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