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READINGS  Luke 18: 1-8 & Jeremiah 31: 27-34


An old gospel song calls on us as Christians to ‘keep your eyes on the prize, hold on’.

I wonder what we imagine the prize of Christian faith to be?

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READINGS  Jeremiah 29: 1,4-7 & Luke 17:11-19

Ten desperate people need hope. A word, a whisper, of one who might give them what they need.

And so from a distance they cry out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Who knows what they were hoping for? Who knows what they expected from him? To name him, to call him Master probably says little – except that they had no other options. To cry for mercy means they were desperate for some way back into a world and society that had excluded them.

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READING    Luke 17:5-10

READING    2 Timothy 1:1-14 Thanksgiving and Encouragement


I know who I trust.

That’s what Paul says in his letter of encouragement to Timothy. I know who I trust – the one who abolished death and brought us life. I know who I trust – the one who is herald and teacher and apostle. I know who I trust, for it is Jesus.

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READING Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus


I wonder what the world was like when Van Gough painted ‘Starry Night’ in all its wonderful colour and glory? It is such a bright and vivid piece of work that it reveals an awe at the night sky, the cosmos, the glory of creation.

By the time he painted ‘Starry Night’, the industrial revolution was well under way, and human capacity to build, dig, create and destroy was growing daily.

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READING Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The Prophet Mourns for the People


I vividly remember when bushfire threatened my home. We knew the fire was coming, and we were prepared as best we could. At the eleventh hour, I took watch on the rooftop, waiting for the impending threat to arrive.

And I will never forget the sound of the fire front. It’s roar and power was mesmerising. I stood transfixed on the rooftop, unable to respond, such was its fury.

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READING Luke 15:1-10 Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin


I wonder if you can remember a time of feeling lost? It might be a confusing dream, or something that has really happened to you.

Some folk were recently asked this question. One had dreamt of being out driving and getting completely lost, without keys, phone, wallet. He didn’t know how he was going to get his grandchildren home. Another spoke of taking his four boys swimming. When the time came to go home, the boys decided to hide from their dad. He thought they had started to walk towards home, as they are kids who would do that. Poor dad had driven a long way before he realised he had lost them, or they had lost him.

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READING    Jeremiah 18:1-11 The Potter and the Clay



As a carver, I’ve found the wood seems to resist being shaped in the first place. It takes time, growing skill of carver and even a willingness of wood to be shaped before progress is made. It takes close attention to bond, maker and thing being shaped. It takes time.

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