Living in the gap

Seventh Sunday of Easter May 28 2017 Acts 1.6-14; Psalm 68.1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4.12-14, 5.6-11; John 17.1-11 Rev Anita Venter, Bethlehem Bible College I remember a time in my life when my parents had to leave on a business trip for a week. My siblings and I had to stay behind … alone at…

God with us. A brief sermon

Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain “You know him because he abides in you, and he will be in you.” (John 14.17) In his biography, Let the Trumpet Sound, Martin Luther King Jr. describes how in the midst of the Montgomery bus boycott, when daily…

Christ the way

Fifth Sunday of Easter May 14 2017 Acts 7.55-60; Psalm 31.1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2.2-10; John 14.1-14 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain  “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” One of the things I love about Jerusalem are the many places – shops, restaurants,…

Destruction and hope, all in one place

Third Sunday of Easter April 30 2017 Acts 2.14a, 36-41; Psalm 116.1-; 1 Peter 1.17-23; Luke 24.13-35 Rev Anita Venter, Bethlehem Bible College “Destruction and hope, all in one place. It’s a lot to take in.” This is the opening line in an article published just after Easter Sunday by the Preemptive Love Coalition. It…

The difference Easter makes

Second Sunday of Easter April 23 2017 Acts 2.14b, 22-32, 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain  I love watching football, in England it’s called the beautiful game. My team is West Bromwich Albion, which is in the Premier League – but it’s many years since it won anything!…

When God returns to Zion – and to us

Palm Sunday April 9 2017 Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29; Philippians 2.5-11; Matthew 21.1-11 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “The road from Jericho to Jerusalem carries us for some fifteen miles up a dry and stony wadi, with barren hills on either side where no sign of life is seen except for the occasional…

Do you believe this?

Fifth Sunday in Lent April 2 2017 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130:1-8; John 11:1-45; Romans 8:6-11 Rev Anita Venter, Heritage of Faith Ministries, South Africa, and Bethlehem Bible College Randy was an elderly homeless man, unemployed and often sick. Many years ago, I found him at a traffic light in Bryanston, a wealthy suburb in Johannesburg.…

Light and dark

Fourth Sunday in Lent March 26 2017 Ephesians 5 6-14; John 9 13-41 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain “Everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is the light that makes things visible” There are times when, what is obvious to one person is seen in quite a different way by…