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Archive for June, 2007

It only takes (about) five minutes

John Piper presents the gospel in about five minutes. Brilliant.

C.S.Lewis: On finding your way through

“It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. Read the rest of this entry »

I wonder… do you know my king?

Call in if you want to get to know my king…

Praying for Manipur/ Rivers of healing


We are very pleased to welcome PAULINE OLNEY and HEATHER RICKMAN from Riverside Ministries (Check out their website http://riversidemission.wordpress.com ). This photo shows a group of Manipuri ladies. Manipur is a particular burden on the hearts of Riverside Ministries, and where a lot of their work goes on. Read the rest of this entry »

Ejector Pew

What do you think of the EJECTOR PEW technique for the removal of all those unruly elements?
Seriously, ever felt rejected?

(Thanks Mark Wilson [again!]) See “Growing the Church” pages as we work on the anitdote….

A [Christian] friend of mine once said “I’ve never felt persecuted by non-Christians.”

Anyone ever experienced the “Wrong Pew” syndrome? You go into a new church, sit down, only to be confronted by a couple of grim faces looking down at you. You reach your hand across, assuming that they have come to welcome you. They look at your hand as if it’s a dead fish, and coldly inform you that you are sitting in their special space.

Is it only me that that’s happened to?

Foldin’ Bed – Whistler & His Jug Band ca. 1930

Music at its most sublime. Anyone know if we can get these guys for the next baptism?

Water from all directions


Last Sunday afternoon in Lough Key was absolutely wonderful.

bapo607mary.jpgWe gathered right by the waters edge where Tony and Pam had set up the marquee. By the time I arrived the hard work had been done (accident or design?) and huge platefuls of food were already on the tables…

I guess folks kept arriving pretty much right through the afternoon. Donncha set up an overspill awning and that soon filled up too.

The kids did a sweetie hunt through the woods…Noel sorted out the races (which Steve and Donncha won by a leg, but I suspected furtive practising. No one is that good at three-legged races).

Particular highlights: the cajun band on the back of the truck. Did you ever believe that accordions, guitars, bodhran tambourine, trumpet and tuba could sound so sweet? (Hmm).


Someone wandered by and asked “Is this a music recital?” At that precise point someone (I think it was Reuben?)blew a particularly coarse raspberry on the tuba. So I answered “Yes, classical music).


In fact, many passers-by  just wandered in and out, when Steve was preaching on Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (“Here is water: what is to stop me being baptised?”) and stayed a while, listening. Someone asked Lily: “Is this a private party?” and she answered “Yes! Come on in!”

And then the main highlight was when Anne and Mary stepped down into the water. Steve and Ken led them through  their confessions of faith. The crowd grouping around them at the water’s edge. There is something so exciting about these simple symbols of our faith. I love the expressions of the children’s faces. It was a powerful testimony.


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Ready for the picnic?



It always blesses me: the thought of the risen Jesus preparing breakfast on the beach for his weary, traumatised disciples… or the sheer consideration he showed for the hungry crowds that resulted in the miraculous meals in the Gospel stories.

So, this Sunday, bring your pack-up (sun-screen and raincoat, like Steve says) and let’s meet together at Lough Key Forest Park waterfront for the baptism at 3.30pm. Expect a miracle!

 Check out the “thoughts on baptism” page if you’re still considering taking the plunge (and you missed last Tuesday’s study night at Trudy’s.

The riversmeeting overflows…

This Sunday (17th June) we are glad to welcome Dr Ken Baker. He is doing a presentation on Hebrews 4:15 “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses but we have one who has been tempted in every way -yet without sin.” It’s an amazing scripture that takes us deep into the person and work of Jesus, into how he understands completely all that we go through, and yet is free of the taint of sin. Come early to get a chair!…for 4pm to the Family Life Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon.

We will run a children’s church and creche as usual, and the service will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. Maybe not quite on the grand scale that we enjoyed last week (See the “God loves food” post and the comments following)… but we’ll do our best!

Then we are splitting into two groups. Some are going with Pastor Noel up to Collooney Methodist Church with the Collooney Ladies Gospel Choir.  Noel is preaching on “God is love” and you’re welcome to go along (7pm-8.30pm). Dr Ken is taking a group to St George’s C of I, to participate in the Ecumenical Pentecost Service. We’re a little late, But I’m sure God doesn’t mind! Come and join in if you’re able. We’re planning on twenty different nations proclaiming the glory of God in their own tongues.

Next week, please note that there will be no service at the FLC. Instead, we are meeting at Lough Key Forest Park at 3.30pm at the waterfront. We will have a large-scale picnic (so long as you remember to bring your food along!) and a service of baptism: we hope to baptise Mary and Anne in the lovely waters of Lough Key. There is no evening service on that day, so we hope to have a large crowd enjoying the blissful sunshine into the evening.

There are play facilities for small children and a range of activities for older ones, plus restaurant and all facilties if you want to make a longer day of it. Phone in if you need transport or further details.  God bless you!

Even the Prime Minister has to stand naked

Centre PIcture from: Expulsion from Paradise, by Michael Sandle, on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007

I guess you’ve seen this in the news last week. It certainly says something about public perception of the UK’s involvement in a deeply unpopular war. Read the rest of this entry »