Courageous Master of the Awkward Question

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger... Continue Reading →

There is no end to remembering

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- On 9 April 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi resister, was executed as a traitor by the SS on the order of Adolf Hitler. The date is commemorated in the Church of England calendar as that of the death of a martyr. It is... Continue Reading →

The Seder Meal

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- --- Please Note: Since the first draft of this article, we have become aware that there are significant sensitivities around ‘Christian Seder Meals’. Pre-covid, holding a Passover Meal at church had been our practice for many years, not knowing, that this might be an issue... Continue Reading →

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, …

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- When my granddaughter comes round to our house she loves looking at our grandfather clock. She points to it, sways from side to side saying tick-tock, tick-tock, and then beams. There’s something comforting about the sound and her movement. She also loves reading a book... Continue Reading →

Springtime

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- We will sing a new song 'Cause death is dead and gone with the winter We will sing a new song Let "hallelujahs" flow like a river We're coming back to life Reaching towards the light Your love is like springtimeSpringtime by Chris Renzema Springtime... Continue Reading →

A Perspective Shift

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Everyone who has attempted to read through the whole bible has had to make their way through Leviticus: 27 chapters / 859 verses / 613 laws on all aspects of society - from childbirth, to food, sickness, work-life-balance, relationships and much more. Honestly, it's not... Continue Reading →

Hope fully!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- How can we stay sane in these days? It is a year that Corona confines our lives. While toilet paper has been replenished for a long time, our hearts and minds are increasingly drained by the long social valley; leaving our souls downcast and disturbed... Continue Reading →

What to do about Lent

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Historically Lent is 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays. After the church became the official religion of Rome, Lent was practised across the empire. At the council of Nicea in 325 it became officially the practice of all Christians. Because Jesus fasted 40 days in the... Continue Reading →

That we may gain a heart of wisdom

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Lord, you have been our dwelling placethroughout all generations.Before the mountains were bornor you brought forth the whole world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.Teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90: 1-2, 12 Perhaps some of you were... Continue Reading →

The Inadequacy of Words

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Those who have smart phones, iphones, tablets or ipads have no doubt downloaded a variety of apps. I too have a number of them on my phone. Two of them are daily meditations, short contemplative or meditative texts - either spoken or written. I find... Continue Reading →

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