Rev. Justin Montague shares why following in the 'wake' of Jesus, is an essential part of discipleship. This summer has seen an abundance of different vessels moving through the waters of the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton. Kayaks and swans, boats and ducks, increasingly popular stand-up paddle boards and the returning horse-drawn barge after a Covid-19 absence. On a particularly lethargic running morning, I often wonder whether it would be quicker to leap into the water and
Is it August already? Here's Justin with our latest blog post. During the last month I took part in three weddings and a funeral – I mentioned that movie during a sermon on Ruth 4 right at the start of July! The last of these weddings was last Saturday at St Peter’s, a clear highlight was the guard of honour for the bride and groom leaving the church under an archway of pitchforks and hockey sticks, with a tractor waiting to transport the happy couple onwards. In a month of w
Jonathan Schnarr, our Youth & Children's Minister, reflects on worship over the last few months. After 69 weeks of no congregational, sung worship in our church building, we were finally allowed to join the worship band in praising God out loud again last Sunday – and it was such a different feeling! We could hear the person next to us singing out loud, some of us lifted their hands as a sign of pure joy and others just stood and listened to this new sound in the building. Do
Whether you have been at home or ventured further afield, where have you seen God at work lately? (Written the week that the UK government announced the lifting of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions will be delayed for at least a month) SO...things are not going to happen exactly how we hoped they would… ~Lockdown is not being lifted, yet! ~We still can’t sing in church. ~And are we still going to work out how to use Zoom? If everything turned out how we hoped or wanted, thi
As we look forward to celebrating Pentecost this Sunday, Rev. Justin Montague shares how the Holy Spirit is still at work today! As our small group walked the stations of the cross together during a pilgrimage to Lourdes, a hill rose steadily above us, adding to the already strong emotions of our meditations following the Passion of Jesus Christ. As we took another momentary pause in silence to reflect on the life-size image of Jesus falling below the weight of the cross, we
We think about the Ascension this week, that moment when Jesus returns to the Father and the ushering in and empowering of the Holy Spirit draws closer. If you can remember the days of when we were able to fly to foreign destinations for holidays, you will know the excitement at take off, or perhaps a fear or knotting of your stomach, as the plane roars down the runway and then lifts steeply and climbs into the air. There is often a collective sigh as it levels out, and then
We all seem to be waiting….
Waiting for the next set of restrictions to be lifted.
Waiting for our first or second vaccination.
Waiting for an opportunity to see family and friends.
Waiting for church to open without restriction so we can sing! All of the above are of course important things and worthwhile things to be waiting for. In the Bible waiting is also mentioned, as we wait for the wanderings in the desert to end, wait for the prophets to be heard and listened to, wa
On a visit to New York while in the Royal Marines, I went into a grocery store to buy some food and was at the checkout placing my items on the belt. As I reached the cashier, I took my wallet from my military uniform trousers and began fumbling through the right amount of dollars and cents, with this somewhat unfamiliar currency in my hand. When I looked up to pay the person on the checkout, she said, “it’s ok sir” and pointed behind me. As I turned around, another woman was
John 13v1-17 The Thursday in Holy Week is called ‘Maundy’ from the Latin word ‘mandatum’ which means ‘commandment.' We are reminded of Jesus’ words - ‘a new commandment I give you, love one another.’ Jesus demonstrated this commandment by washing his disciples’ feet, stressing on this day a theme of love and service. Another theme on this particular day was the institution of the Lord’s supper which happened in the upper room, as Jesus explained the symbols of bread and wine