Five Minutes Peace

Grab a cuppa. Settle down in a comfy chair. Let yourself have 5 Minutes' Peace...
... To yourself away from the chaos of life. To relax. To reflect. To meet with God.

 SteppingOut

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Matthew 14:22-33

Consider this...

Peter, when he saw Jesus, stepped out from the boat and walked on the water. His trust was in Jesus. Peter got out of the boat and he did not sink. That is, until he took his eyes off Jesus. He allowed his fear of the waves and wind around him to distract him, and he started to sink.  How often do we feel that we are sinking below the waves? What distractions do we need to lay aside?

God longs for us, like Peter, to reach out in faith. As Peter sank, he called for help and Jesus reached into the water, pulling Peter from beneath the waves.  How often, when fears and anxieties crowd in on us, do we take out eyes off Jesus and feel that we are sinking?

Read more: Stepping Out

Footprint

Read: Acts 10:34-43

Consider this:

However you look at it, 2016 has been quite a year! For some, it has been a year of achievement, progression and joy. For others, it has brought uncertainty, doubt and fear.

The news of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the USA’s decision to elect Donald J Trump as President have certainly been controversial. They have affirmed some people’s ideas about how their country and, indeed, the world, should proceed.  For others, they are a sad indictment of how bad things have become.

Read more: Walking the Way with Christ

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In the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping, eating, drinking and meeting with friends and family, it can be very difficult to find a moment of peace at Christmas. Yet, somewhat ironically, peace is precisely what this great festival is all about!

Sometimes, we need to calm down, take a breather and focus on the things which really matter. This is especially important at this time of year, as we seek rest at the end of a busy year and seek inspiration for the fast approaching new one.

This short liturgy, adapted from the URC’s Vision4Life materials (www.vision4life.org.uk) offers a chance to take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to consider what Christmas really means. It can be used by individuals for private reflection or by groups who wish to share the experience together.

Read more: Let there be light...

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Read: John 1: 1 – 5 (from ‘The Message’ / ‘Word on the Street’)

The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing — not one thing! — came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

Read more: The Life Light
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