Thoughts on Life

As We Approach Lent...

As we approach Lent I recall the words of my tutor, 'its Lent again, repent again'
We at East Boldon have just had a visit from about 60 pupils from the Junior School.
It was arranged so that we could talk to them in groups of about 10 at a time.  My friend and I had the ask of encouraging them to think and then write a prayer.
I asked if they remembered to say sorry when they did something wrong and one little boy replied, no because its usually their fault!!
How many times do we make that excuse - its their fault?

Harvest

I attended a service to celebrate the Harvest of the City in Sunderland Minster the other day. This service was led by Revd. Kathryn Stephens and the speaker was our own Chair of the District Revd. Stephen Lindridge and his theme was to ‘Ponder’ on Place, Perspective and Purpose and the service was meaningful to Sunderland.

Previous to the service I had a conversation with two young apprentices who were representing the sponsor of the event – Liebherr , a seafaring construction and support company on the riverside.

The Rich Man

As I prepare for worship this Sunday I am reading the story of the rich man who ran up to Jesus and knelt at his feet, as told in Mark’s gospel.

Though we regularly hear it said that money is the root of all evil, this story reminds me that, as John Wesley, our founder said to his followers, money is actually good, in the hands of God’s children it can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and defend the oppressed. He believed that we should gain all we can, as often as we can, but then give all we can.

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