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A Choral Service from Norwich Cathedral for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

As you will know, the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh will be at 3pm on Saturday 17th April. On the day before the funeral (Friday 16th April) Norwich Cathedral will be holding a full choral service at 6pm for invited guests representing different organisations from across the Diocese. You are warmly invited to join this service which will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/GlXAjo8ZF1I .

An Official Prayer of Remembrance for HRH Prince Philip
O Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God;
we remember before you the late Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
in thankfulness for the blessings with which you bestowed him;
for his loyalty and service to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and to our nation;
for his desire to give young people greater opportunities
through the award scheme in his name;
have mercy, we pray, on Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal family;
be gentle with them in their grief,
show them the depths of your love
and show them a glimpse of heaven;
and we pray that you give us grace that,
having these mercies in remembrance,
we may with one heart and one mind
set forward the welfare for this land and Commonwealth,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom of peace and goodwill
among all people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Nigel.

 

Compline for Wednesday 14th April 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

God bless…

Compline for Wednesday 14th April

 

A Choral Service from Norwich Cathedral for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

As you will know, the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh will be at 3pm on Saturday 17th April. On the day before the funeral (Friday 16th April) Norwich Cathedral will be holding a full choral service at 6pm for invited guests representing different organisations from across the Diocese. You are warmly invited to join this service which will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/GlXAjo8ZF1I .

An Official Prayer of Remembrance for HRH Prince Philip
O Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God;
we remember before you the late Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
in thankfulness for the blessings with which you bestowed him;
for his loyalty and service to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and to our nation;
for his desire to give young people greater opportunities
through the award scheme in his name;
have mercy, we pray, on Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal family;
be gentle with them in their grief,
show them the depths of your love
and show them a glimpse of heaven;
and we pray that you give us grace that,
having these mercies in remembrance,
we may with one heart and one mind
set forward the welfare for this land and Commonwealth,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom of peace and goodwill
among all people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Nigel.

 

The Second Sunday of Easter – 11th April 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

This week, as we give thanks for the resurrection, we remember before God the life of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who died on Friday. It has been announced that the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh will be at 3pm on Saturday 17th April. On the day before the funeral (Friday 16th April) Norwich Cathedral will be holding a full choral service at 6pm for invited guests representing different organisations from across the Diocese. If possible please join this service which will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/GlXAjo8ZF1I .

An Official Prayer of Remembrance for HRH Prince Philip
O Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God;
we remember before you the late Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
in thankfulness for the blessings with which you bestowed him;
for his loyalty and service to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and to our nation;
for his desire to give young people greater opportunities
through the award scheme in his name;
have mercy, we pray, on Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal family;
be gentle with them in their grief,
show them the depths of your love
and show them a glimpse of heaven;
and we pray that you give us grace that,
having these mercies in remembrance,
we may with one heart and one mind
set forward the welfare for this land and Commonwealth,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom of peace and goodwill
among all people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

 

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

Our Sermon today, from John Taylor (John refers to Acts 4.32-35 – text below)

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Acts 4.32-35 (NRSV)

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Sermon Text

Today’s reading from Acts is, in one way, about the essence of Christianity. Verses 33 and 34 tell us that; with great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection and that God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them there were no needy people. Previously Jesus had specifically told his disciples that humans cannot live by bread alone but by the word of God.

This is where I think we sometimes all go wrong. Yes we must give generously to the poor, yes it is one of the most shameful reflections possible on our country that there is still a need for food banks. Not only a need but one which shows no signs of going away and may even be increasing. Yes we need to preach the word of God, yes we need to witness to Jesus his resurrection.

The problem comes when we forget to put the two together.

Do we give out of love or a sense of duty? Do we preach about God’s love and forget to give that love out to others.

One fear I have is that when I get to meet God his first question to me maybe why did I let his children starve? He may go on to make the point that he gave me everything , More than I could ever need so why was I not as generous in my giving to others as he was in giving to me?

The really frightening thing is I do not have any answer to that at all.

Giving everything away out of the sense of duty and then feeling smug about it is not the essence of Christianity. Telling the world that we love them all and doing so little about it has to really amount to nothing is not the essence of Christianity.

Wealthy countries arguing amongst themselves as to who is paying the most for vaccines and agonising over their own vaccination rate whilst poorer countries can only look on unable to join in that argument is not the essence of Christianity.

Educated and liberal first world countries who agonise as to whether statues of people who died hundreds of years ago whilst continuing to buy cheap clothes and shoes made by modern day slaves or ignoring the domestic slavery rife in their own societies is not the essence of Christianity.

Loving people, all people everywhere and doing something about it. Caring for them, sharing with them freely, generously and without reservation so that they no longer suffer hunger, or die from dirty drinking water or get sick and die from tiny scratches because they have no clean rags let alone sterile dressings and antibiotics are only something to be dreamt of, that is getting closer to the essence of Christianity.

It was God’s grace at work in the Apostles which lead to the improvement of life for everyone. We are all fallible humans. We cannot cure the world’s problems on our own. But, if we accept God’s grace and allow his spirit in to us and to work on, with and through us then perhaps we can testify not only to Jesus’s resurrection but to the essence of the Christianity he came and died to establish.

Amen

A Service of Prayer after the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the sad news today of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh I invite you to join me in a short service of prayer.

God bless,

Nigel.

A Service of Prayer after the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

Compline for Wednesday in Easter Week 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

God bless…

Compline for Wednesday in Easter Week

Easter Day – Sunday 4th April 2021

He is Risen. Alleluia!

He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

Happy Easter.

Thank you for joining us on Easter Day for our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and for the kids). Thank you once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

Happy Easter and God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Sue Auckland and The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

 

A sermon for Easter Day, from The Revd. Lyndy Domoney

 

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Good Friday – Stations of the Cross

I would normally lead prayers for the Stations of the Cross in one of my churches on Good Friday. That is not possible this year so I have recorded the stations at home and invite you to share with me the journey to the Cross.

God bless,

Stations of the Cross

 

Compline and Reflection for Maundy Thursday 2021

Compline and Reflection for Maundy Thursday led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

Compline and Reflection for Wednesday in Holy Week 2021

Compline and Reflection for Wednesday  in Holy Week led by The Revd. Sue Auckland

Harleston Centre of Mission Closes Today: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Sadly, our amazing Centre of Mission closes today. With the current restrictions we are not able to have final worship celebration to send Trevor and Bonnie on their way. Instead we have recorded a farewell video to wish them God’s blessing wherever he may lead them next.

Farewell Video

Compline and Reflection for Tuesday in Holy Week 2021

Compline and Reflection for Tuesday in Holy Week led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

Compline and Reflection for Monday in Holy Week 2021

Compline and Reflection for Monday in Holy Week led by Lindy Ellis

Services in Church Buildings

We will begin to open the 7churches for worship from Easter Day (4th April) with three services of Holy Communion:

9.30am in St. Peter & St. Paul’s Brockdish

11am in St. John’s Harleston

11am in St. Andrew’s Scole

Further details of services in our churches will be posted here: http://www.7churches.org.uk/services

Our online services will continue to be posted here, as normal.

Palm Sunday – 28th March 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. In addition, for Palm Sunday we have a dramatised reading of the passion story according to St. Mark and a poem. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Sue Auckland

A Dramatic Reading of the Passion according to St. Mark, read by members of the Ministry Team

A Short Sermon for Palm Sunday, from The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

J is for Jerusalem:  A poem by Vivienne Tuffnell for Palm Sunday

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A Short Sermon for Palm Sunday

This is Palm Sunday and I have my cross to wave…

I’m ready to celebrate, to shout Hosannah, and Hooray
I’m ready to dance around to welcome Jesus.

But no sooner have I got everything ready, wave and it’s over. In Mark’s Gospel blink and you miss the whole Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. Mark writes (Mark 11.9-11):

Many people spread clothes on the road, while others went to cut branches from the fields. In front of Jesus and behind him, people went along shouting,

“Hooray! God bless the one
who comes in the name of the Lord!
God bless the coming kingdom
of our ancestor David.
Hooray for God in heaven above!”

And then moves on.

I don’t know about you but I feel cheated. I want to stay at the party. But Mark moves me on into Jerusalem. Mark moves on with the important story while the clothes are picked up from the road and dusted down, and the palm branches are crushed to dust by the traffic.

The journey of faith can be like that. Great and wonderful truths are proclaimed, only to be trampled upon. Worse still, the great riches of faith are often just ignored entirely.

I want to proclaim my the faith in the streets to cheering crowds. But following Jesus I should know better. Jesus knew that public opinion is fickle and quick to turn: Not something to rely upon.

Jesus knew that true faith costs. It is so easy to be seduced by popularity, so Mark moves us on.

I too can be seduced by praise and the desire to be popular. After all who likes being ignored? Who likes having your precious beliefs trampled upon?

But I must let that happen, if I am to follow Jesus into the great city and beyond. I am called to be faithful to the Son of God who died and rose again. I am called to die each morning with him, to suffer with him, so that I can rise with him.

If I run from the suffering I run too from the riches of heaven that are poured into me each day.

That is the mystery of living a life of faith. The way of life that Jesus points to when he says, “If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 16.25)

So now I wave my palm one more time. I pick up my coat.

I lift my head up straight and tall. I walk into horror of Holy Week.

I lift my head up straight and tall. And I begin to walk with Jesus into Jerusalem and wherever he may lead.

Amen.

Upcoming for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter 2021

We have extra services and activities planned for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter this year. All the details that you need are copied below:

Palm Sunday (to be published here at 8am on Sunday 28th March)
There will be a Communion Service and a sermon on the Palm Sunday Gospel Reading: Mark 11.1-11
There will also be a Dramatic reading of the whole Passion Story According to Mark, read by members of the Ministry Team

Holy Monday (to be published here at 5pm on 29th March) – There will be a short reading, reflection and prayer followed by Compline

Holy Tuesday (to be published here at 5pm on 30th March) – There will be a short reading, reflection and prayer followed by Compline

Holy Wednesday (to be published here at 5pm on 31st March) – There will be a short reading, reflection and prayer followed by Compline

Maundy Thursday(to be published here at 5pm on 1st April) – There will be a short reading, reflection and prayer followed by Compline

Good Friday (to be published here at 1pm on 2nd April) – There will be guided Stations of the Cross reflections

Easter Day (to be published here at 8am on Sunday 4th April)
There will be a Communion Service including a liturgy of light and lighting of the Paschal Candle, as well as a sermon.

The Way of the Cross – Online Services from the Royal School of Church Music

Join the RSCM on their YouTube channel during Holy Week and on Easter Day for four short services led by Revd Canon Peter Moger: https://www.youtube.com/c/RSCMCentre/featured

Jesus’ agony, betrayal and denial – Tuesday 30 March, 6.30pm (BST)
Jesus’ trial and crucifixion – Wednesday 31 March, 6.30pm (BST)
Jesus’ death and burial – Friday 2 April, 6.30pm (BST)
Jesus’ resurrection – Sunday 4 April, 6.30pm (BST)

To view a short preview video click here.

Compline for Wednesday 24th March 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by Lindy Ellis

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Compline for Wednesday 24th March

Reflections on a year with Covid-19

Today Tuesday 23rd March 2021 the reality of Covid-19 has been with us for a year. To help us to reflect upon the last twelve months we are sharing reflections taken from a recent interview that the Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, gave to Radio Norfolk.

God bless…

Reflections on Twelve Months with Covid-19 with Bishop Graham

The Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21sy March 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Lyndy Domoney

Our Sermon today, from Jamie Worthington

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We adore you, Jesus Christ,
and we bless your Holy Name;
truly your cross and passion
bring us life and healing.

Ice Cream For Breakfast

A great new book of Poetry from Viv:

https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/

Compline for St. Patrick’s Day – Wednesday 17th March 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by The Revd. Sue Auckland

God bless…

Compline for Wednesday 17th March

Mothering Sunday Celebration – 14th March 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Mothering Sunday Celebration and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Mothering Sunday Celebration, led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

The template for the family activity can be downloaded here: Flower Card Template   and the instructions can be downloaded here (if you missed them in the video): Activity – Paper Flower Cards for Mothering Sunday

This Week’s Sermon, from Lindy Ellis (the text can be found at the bottom of this page)

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Today is Mothering Sunday. Traditionally, sermons on this day have considered motherhood, the mother church, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, but I want to think about something rather different.

Last year, the BMJ reported a surge in domestic child abuse during the first lockdown, and there was also an increase in women seeking sanctuary from abusive partners during the same period, and we can assume much of that abuse was observed and experienced by children. Sadly, it is my understanding that things have been even worse this year.

So, how does our Christian religion as we present it help such women and children? Typically, they will find the whole language about our God totally masculine, and particularly there is repeatedly the image of the Father. I know that the father that Jesus talked about was like the father in the parable of the prodigal son – a father who loved and loved whatever the son did, always forgiving and loving more, but anyone coming in whose only knowledge of fatherhood is of violence and abuse, will shudder with horror at such language.

The idea of God our Mother may seem very modern and alien when it is first presented to us – we ourselves are already well conditioned in our thoughts. But yet, it is not such a modern idea to dwell on the feminine side of God. Even in the Old Testament, this idea of God having feminine traits is common. Hosea likened God to a mother, who teaches Ephraim, cuddles them and nourishes them. In Deuteronomy, God is described as a mother eagle that teaches its young to fly, always ready to swoop down and catch them on its back. Isaiah gives these words to God, ‘As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you’, and also ‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.’ The psalmist, in Psalm 131, balances the image of God the Father with the equally powerful image of the mother, when he says that he, the psalmist, is ‘like a child quieted at its mother’s breast.’

In the Gospels of both St Matthew and St Luke, Jesus reveals his feminine side when he expresses his longing to protect the people of Jerusalem from the disaster that he knows is coming to the city in a very few years. He says, ‘How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.’ Indeed, Jesus seldom demonstrates any macho tendencies, always showing a nurturing love to those in need that he meets.

However, you will point out, nowhere in the Bible is God referred to as God our Mother, in so many words, but we do ourselves and the rest of the world a disservice if we, as a church, fail to emphasise the feminine side of our God. We need to reassure the world of God’s love and faithfulness to all people at all times. I am fond of quoting Dame Julian of Norwich, and she turned again and again to the necessity for trust in God’s mothering love. She wrote, ‘as truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our Mother’, and in her writings each member of the Trinity is described in both male and female language.

Moving to contemporary times, the novel, ‘The Shack’, by William P Young, now made into a Netflix movie, includes God as a character, who says, ‘I am neither male nor female, even though both genders are derived from my nature. If I choose to appear to you as a man or woman, it’s because I love you. For me to appear to you as a woman and suggest you call me Papa is simply to mix metaphors, to help you keep from falling so easily back into your religious conditioning.’

This speech takes us back to Genesis, in which we read that God created human beings, male and female he created them in his own image. If I am created in God’s image, then God is female, if my husband is created in God’s image, then God is male, but God is not a sexual being, as Jesus tells us, ‘God is spirit.’ Indeed, God is so much more than we can possibly conceive, but to have a mature faith, we must be continually broadening our imagination about who God is, because God is always infinitely more than we can imagine, but as I meditate on who God is, I will hang on to this belief – that God is love, and he asks us to show that same love to all we meet. If only I, you, the whole Church can give that message to the abused and damaged people in our community, there is a possibility of their healing.

Let us pray, using words from Julian of Norwich:

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving. You are our mother, brother, and Saviour. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace. You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us. You are our maker, our lover, our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. Amen

Compline for Wednesday 10th March 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

God bless…

Compline for Wednesday 10th March

The Third Sunday of Lent – 7th March 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

This Week’s Sermon, from Lynda Mansfield (the text can be found at the bottom of this page)

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John 2 : 13-22

1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

May I speak in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

v.15 – “So He made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple area…and scattered the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.”

When reading through the text for today I imagined Jesus coming into our churches during our coffee mornings or Christmas Fairs/Bazaars and I wondered if He would overturn our tables and send us packing? This was quite a shocking scene that was set in John’s account, but of course Jesus was more angry about the abuse of people by the shady dealings of the traders and money changers than he was by the misuse of the Temple. Jesus must have known what he would find in the temple courts that morning. He would have seen it many times before – traders trading, money-changers doing their thing, animals tied and unsettled. Essentially, Jesus had seen enough. He was clearing out the Temple in order to make room for a new way of their being the people of God.

There are times when we need to ‘clean up’ and start afresh. When I look inside my airing cupboard and find a mass of tea towels, pillow cases, pyjamas, socks, etc. in a complete muddle, the only thing I can do is take everything out and replace some things tidily, and discard other things. When we move house, or when a son or daughter leaves home for Uni, we usually have a complete clear out and set everything up again. Whether we are tidying our airing cupboard, or spring cleaning or re-ordering a teenager’s bedroom, this represents a time of moving on to a different phase in our lives.

Actually, during the past year when we have endured this pandemic no doubt many of you have done all these things as half the time we have been in lockdown.

What we are seeing in our Gospel today is the Christian story of power, transformation and real, lasting change. And it is hardly surprising that this involves some emotional and physical turmoil. John’s Gospel is always layered with meaning. John tells us that Jesus does this now because it is part of setting the scene for his own death – the ultimate disruption. It is a hint of how his ministry, death and resurrection will tear up the old way of life. When the Jews asked under what authority he had cleared the Temple, he said to them “Destroy this Temple and I will raise it again in three days” – we know that he is referring to his own destruction and resurrection. We are told that it was not until after Jesus was raised from the dead, that his disciples recalled and understood what he had been saying all the time during his three year ministry with them.

Sometimes, in order to move on, spiritually and practically, we need to re-align our lives and adopt a new way of living. During this time of Lent we should think about how we can improve our lives. By clearing away all the inner rubbish and emotional turmoil – by reflecting and meditating on how we can become truly people of God in this time and place. We can embrace change where change needs to be made and we should always remember that our bodies are a Temple for the Holy Spirit, who is always at work in us.

This disruptive Lord of ours does not passively abandon persons and institutions which he has called into being. No, our loving Lord boldly confronts that which is inappropriate within us – we are challenged in order to be made clean, whole and faithful.

At this time during Lent may we ensure that our reflections have something of the spirit of Jesus’ willingness to cause disruption in our lives so that we can embrace change where this needs to be made and become again, because we are always in the process of becoming the people that God wants us to be.

Amen.

Compline for Wednesday 3rd March 2021

This week our service of Compline (Night Prayer) is led by Lindy Ellis

God bless…

Compline for Wednesday 3rd March

 

The Second Sunday of Lent – 28th February 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Sue Auckland

This week’s Sermon, from Jamie Worthington

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Ken and Johnny use Zoom

Those of you who come along to the Informal Worship will have been missing Ken and Johnny and their little chats. Unfortunately, like everyone else they haven’t been able to meet up. Then they discovered Zoom. They accidentally recorded their last chat and asked me to share it with you; just in case you are missing them.

Over to Ken and Johnny…

 

Boris Johnson – What is Truth?

What is Truth?

At the trial of Jesus, Pilate the Roman governor famously asked, “What is Truth” (John 18.38) A question that seems so relevant right now. We have Trump in the USA claiming that any inconvenient truth is, “Fake News.” We have China denying that student protesters were massacred in Tiananmen Square in 1989. These are bad enough, but at least for me in England they have the comfort of being somewhere else in the world. But now there is a real danger here in the UK.

Today it is clear that Boris Johnson is the front runner to become the next Prime Minister.

I know the old joke,

Question: How do you tell when a politician is lying?

Answer: Their lips move!

Even so, until now politicians have at least recognised the existence of Truth, and expected there to be consequences if they have lied. Not so Boris Johnson. For example, just remember his tweet that he had voted during the local elections, when there were no elections in London. I wish the Conservative Party every success in choosing a leader, but for the moral integrity of that great party and of this country, I pray that they do not choose an unrepentant liar!

I am not alone in this concern for the value of Truth. Mohammed Amin, chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said he would quit the Conservative Party after more than three decades as a member if Boris Johnson is chosen as their next leader.

Mr Amin told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “There are many horrible people who have been popular. Popularity is not the test. The test is, is this person sufficiently moral to be prime minister, and I believe he fails that test.” … “he, as far as I’m concerned, has insufficient concern about the nature of truth for me to ever be a member of a party that he leads.” 

I must agree with Mr Amin on the importance of Truth, and that Boris Johnson is unfit to be prime minister. This is not a party political statement. I would expect all Christian Conservatives to feel the same. I must follow Jesus above all else or stop claiming to be a Christian. I must follow the same Jesus who told Pilate, “I was born into this world to tell about the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth knows my voice.” (John 18.37)

God bless…