Pictures for Passiontide

Dear <<First Name>> Over the last two weeks our reflections have included various pictures and many folk have asked for more details on them.  Here’s the list of what they were and where you can find them.  Some of you have noted that you can’t see the pictures.  There could be two reasons for this – […]

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Christian Aid Alert

Christian Aid Alert On Saturday 21st April 2018 at 7pm there will be a Café Concert at Christchurch featuring the band “Song”, raising funds for Christian Aid. Tickets, which are £7.50, include a Ploughman’s Lunch, and there will be a cash bar. On Sunday 22nd April, also at Christchurch, Peggy Amouka from Christian Aid will […]

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URC Daily Devotion for Holy Saturday

He is dead and gone, as are all the hopes and dreams of his followers.  All is despair as we gaze upon Holbein’s image of the broken, emaciated body as Joseph of Arimathea did.   He is dead and gone and his dying words “It is finished!” ring heartbreakingly in our ears. It is the […]

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URC Daily Devotion for Good Friday

Today the Church ponders the horror of the Cross.  Despite knowing what happens next we are appalled by this shameful method of execution.  Stripped naked, slow asphyxiation killed the victim who tires of the agony of lifting himself  up to breathe.  A dreadful lingering death – to encourage others to obey the might of Rome. […]

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URC Daily Devotion for Maundy Thursday

I am struck by two ‘spaces’ in this picture. The first ‘space’, shows Jesus a huge separation from his mother and the disciple whom he loved.  Even though Jesus is still rooted, by the cross, within humanity,  this painting denotes that he has entered into another realm which is beyond our sight.  He is present […]

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URC Daily Devotion 28th March

Like many of Spencer’s pictures, his portrayal of the removal of Christ’s garments projects a haunting and somewhat sinister effect. John’s Gospel, like the Synoptics, places this scene at Golgotha, whereas the painting seems to be set indoors judging by the floor tiles: not in a cell or dungeon, but in the same dark room […]

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Daily Devotion by Lindsey Sanderson

1 Great is the LORD—his praise all else excels—In our God’s city, on his holy hill.2 Mount Zion is the joy of all the earth,So high and fair like mountains of the north;Here is the city where the Great King dwells.3 God is the fortress of Jerusalem.4 When kings joined forces, ready to advance,5 They […]

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URC Daily Devotion 26th March

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. Reflection We can but speculate as to whether Simon of Cyrene realised, as he embraced the Cross, the significance of the One for whom he carried it.   The gospel states that he was “compelled” […]

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Pictures in our Current Devotional Series

Dear Friends Last week we started a series of reflections on the Way of the Cross which includes pictures.  Some of you have asked for more details of these pictures and some of you have mentioned you can’t see them. If you have opted to receive the Devotions as “Plain Text” ie like an email […]

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