When I last visited Hands of Compassion School (HoC) in Ndola, Zambia, back in 2010, a bore-hole was being dug in order that the school could have its own water supply. I remember the afternoon well.
- One hundred years ago tonight saw something quite extraordinary happen. There was an unofficial Christmas truce along the front line in World War I. Such truces have happened before, but this one arose spontaneously in different parts of the line.
- It is great that half the congregation today was here ten years ago for the dedication of this new building. The dedication contained within it a marvellous vision of Living Well to which the people of this congregation have been faithful and, indeed, have built upon.
- ‘The person who sings prays twice.’ These were the words of St. Augustine, the Bishop and church theologian who lived 1700 years ago. If that remains true for us today – and I believe it does – then thousands of prayers were rising to God from the Song Festival here in Tallinn yesterday.
- Some of you may have seen the film ‘Little Voice’ which was released in 1998. The film is centred around a young lady living at home and dominated by an overbearing mother. As a result of a difficult upbringing, she was a bit of a recluse and had a little, quiet voice. However, she came alive when she sang.
- One of the issues dominating British politics for many years is immigration. Elections are won and lost on these matters, as we have seen over the last few weeks. Who should and who should not be allowed into Britain?
- ‘The Glory of God is a human being fully alive.’ These are the words of a Christian from the church of many centuries ago, a man called Irenaeus, who was a near contemporary of Justin Martyr, some of whose relics you have here in the church.
- Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised. These were the words that the women heard as they went to the tomb on the day that Jesus was raised.