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True God from True God.

1 John 5.18-21 A couple of weeks ago I was helping with some interviews for a Christian chaplain at a hospital. One of the questions that I asked was, ‘What is at the heart of your spirituality and your faith?’ An audio of the talk can be found here It was the way that I asked that question, but 5 of the 6 candidates spoke about something that they did: they said that it was prayer.   Only one of the applicants said, without any pause, ‘Jesus Christ, my Lord’. It is not about me or my praying – because sadly that is pathetic. It really is all about Jesus. The clue is in the name: Christianity And the Creed is nearly all about Jesus Christ, the Son of God: About who he was – who he is – and about his death, resurrection, ascension and second coming. This morning we focus on a few of the words in the Creed about who he is: God from God Light from Light True God from True God The creed, as I’m sure you will have heard, was shaped at a time when there was a dispute about wh

Four reasons not to lose heart.

2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1 In 2 Corinthians 4:1, the beginning of this section, Paul writes, “We do not lose heart” And here (4.16), “We do not lose heart” The audio of this talk can be found here It is understandable why he might have lost heart. For the sake of Jesus Christ, of the good news, Paul suffered terrible affliction. He has already written in this chapter of how he has been afflicted, driven to despair, persecuted, beaten down. So why continue? Why speak? And for us? I suspect that many of you here have been followers of the Lord Jesus for many years Why bother? Why do you continue to come to church? There are so many other things you could be doing on a Sunday morning.  Why do you continue to try to say your prayers?  Why do you try to continue to live a life ‘worthy of the calling that you have been called to?’  Why do you – if you do – speak of Jesus Christ to others, even though it means that they think you a bit of a fanatic or funny in the head? I notice from our gospel

A prayer based on the Magnificat

O Mighty and Holy God, my Saviour, Look with favour on me, Your servant. Keep me in the fear of You, so that I may receive all things as a gift of Your mercy. Humble me, so that you can lift me up. Empty me, so that You can fill me with good things. Bind me to all those who through the ages have put their trust in Your promises, so that together with Mary and Your faithful people, my spirit will rejoice in You and my soul delight to declare Your Glory. Amen Magnificat (The Song of Mary) 1    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,     my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;   ♦ he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. 2    From this day all generations will call me blessed;   ♦ the Almighty has done great things for me     and holy is his name. 3    He has mercy on those who fear him,   ♦ from generation to generation. 4    He has shown strength with his arm   ♦ and has scattered the proud in their conceit, 5    Casting down the mighty from their thrones   ♦ and lifting up th