Readings - Psalm 80 and Matthew 27:45-55. Jo looks at this psalm and the issue of being honest with God in our trials and compares this with Jesus feeling of abandonment on the cross. Nevertheless the presence of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in us and through us to others is a very real and profound source of healing and encouragement.
Readings - Genesis 15:1-6, and Acts 9:1-19. Jamie is our Diocesan Local Ministry Officer. He illustrated how we use words and pictures - particularly as children. Words and pictures are very powerful. God uses them to speak to us and will use us to give words and pictures to encourage each-other as we are open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Readings - Acts 4:23-35 Luke 17:11-19. Sue looked at giving both in the context of the readings and in our modern society, and how being open to the Holy Spirit can focus our giving to greater effectiveness in helping those in need and in spreading the good news of our generous God.
Readings - Matthew 26:26-30, and Revelation 4:1-11. Bob looked at why we worship in song, some of the potential barriers and blessings of public worship, and how we can all enter into it more fully. God really enjoys it when we do.