Praying like Cranmer

In the Anglican prayer book, there is a section full of short prayers called collects.  These often contain a helpful pattern, which we can emulate in our own prayers. They consist of 5 parts: The address – a name of God (often relating to the rest of the prayer). The doctrine – a truth about … Read more…

What are you afraid of?

I find it interesting that in our modern western society where so many want to push away notions of the spiritual, Halloween still gets a run. Is it our ongoing rejection of institutions and traditions which make people crave letting some back in? Is it an excuse to put up some decorations, wander around the … Read more…

What are you afraid of?

2019 was so ordinary. It had ups and downs, but mostly we got on with life. As Christmas was celebrated, we remembered the coming of the Messiah looking forward to another year. There seemed nothing to seriously be afraid of. However, from November things changed in China and 2020 was set to be a year … Read more…

Living by hope

In Colossians 1:3-5 we see Paul outlining how faith, hope and love interrelate in the Christian life: “We give thanks … since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” Did you notice that future … Read more…

Letting Go

Sometimes in life we want things to be different, but we are not willing to let go of what we are currently doing, in order to be free to do the new thing. Personally, there are new hobbies I’d like to take up, current ones which I’d like to devote more attention to and old … Read more…

God’s presence is always with us

After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of … Read more…

Reading the Bible as Pastoral Care

Last week, when I wrote about starting a pastoral care team, what activity came to mind? Some of us might think of a hot drink and a chat, perhaps some prayer for what is needed. But does your mind go to God’s word for pastoral care? Pastoral care comes from the imagery of a shepherd … Read more…

Starting a Pastoral Care Team

As a church, we learn from 1 Corinthians 12-14 that the Holy Spirit gives the members of Oak Flats Anglican gifts for the common good. These gifts are is to be used with self-giving love, so that the church is built up.  One important task in the church is that of pastoral care. In this area, … Read more…

Common Grace

When we talk about Grace we mostly mean the special favour God shows in mercifully forgiving a person’s sin. However, the Bible speaks of a more general love and kindness that God shows to everyone. This is sometimes called Common Grace, and while it does not make everybody a Christian, everyone benefits from it. Common … Read more…

Pray for… freedom

Often in life there are many things which we want to become or do, but cannot because we are held back by something else. The same is true for Christians. This might particularly be felt by those who have been Christian for a while. Early on, you are in awe of everything that God has … Read more…