December 20, 2020

Mystery revealed

Jenny Tomlinson | Romans 16:25-27 

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith – to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

It's only obvious when you've seen it: until then, it's a mystery. As Jenny explains, the coming of Jesus revealed God to the world in a way that had never happened before, but we still have to respond in each generation. In her role as Archdeacon of Birmingham Jenny has supported Christ Church unstintingly as we have searched for a new vicar, and we were delighted to welcome her to speak and lead a celebration of Holy Communion. The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service, introduced by Bobbie Frere with a reading from Susan Mole and prayers from Phil Ennis.

The full video version of the service, including music and Communion, can be viewed on YouTube.

December 13, 2020

Peace in waiting

Graham Romp | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

In all circumstances? Yet, as Graham points out, Paul's hearers had suffered persecution and confusion, and had plenty to not be thankful for. Graham tells us about a recent painful experience and how he, by God's grace, was able to find some peace during it. The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service, introduced by Dan Parnell with a reading from Kate Routley and prayers from Cathie Bartlam.

The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.

December 6, 2020

Patience in waiting

John Lanchbury | 2 Peter 3:8-15a 

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

At some unknown future time, says Peter, Jesus will return and bring all of present human experience to an end. Yet we see no sign of it yet, so how then should we live? In his talk John encourages us to live in the present but look to the future. The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service, introduced by Susan Haynes with contributions from Pat Clayton, Dave Lucking and others.

The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.

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