Category Archives: Letters

Washing feet before breaking bread

Dear Friends,

This cross has been a special memory for more than 30 years since it was given to me by a resident in a hostel for homeless young people I was managing in Birmingham. He made it from matchsticks as a thank you for showing him so much love and support and myself and Virginia want to say thank you for your prayers as we have walked together through challenging times and now look forward with hope for the future. CONTINUE READING ...

Love is the greatest Manager

Dear Friends,

Love is the greatest Manager

but how patient are the crowd?

I have read in the papers and heard on the news that there is some discontent in the changing rooms at Tottenham Hotspurs and the mood of the crowd has changed.

I am sorry to use a footballing analogy as we approach Easter for those who dont follow the game, but, I am sure, even you have heard of Jose Mourinho! He, so it was said, was to be the saviourof the football club and bring them the glory they wanted. Everyone loved him when he arrived and sang his praises as the king of football!Well, at least a large crowd of Tottenham supporters did as they waved their scarves because they believed he was going to deliver the great promise of success at last. Others had their doubts. Jose was the man for the moment though because something had to change! CONTINUE READING ...

How far will we go this week?

Dear Friends,

How far will we go this week?

They dont seem to have anything to show for it, but some people are stronger, wealthier and wiser than they have ever been and have less than most of us. They can have nothing, but be happier than us who have everything. They have a spiritual health and wealth that we envy. CONTINUE READING ...

Everything changes…

Everything changes…

Revd. Andrew Mann-Ray

Read: Matthew 21: 1-11

One of the great challenges with a reading like Matthew 21 is how well we know it. Along with the other 3 gospels Matthew tells us the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and for those of us who have heard this story many times before, we will probably be able to tell others the reason why he does this. This is the moment when God’s salvation plan reaches its climax and the hearers of this story are left in no doubt that Jesus is coming as a king to establish God’s reign on earth and to transform the earth to the desire and design of God’s heart. Jesus comes into the heart and seat of earthly power, to challenge its beliefs and assumptions, and in so doing to turn power on its head. CONTINUE READING ...

The Wilderness

Dear Friends,

ONE day I was surrounded by desert sand, then at night it rained and in the morning I looked onto a carpet of colour. When I woke up I was in the same place as the night before, but it looked so different. Thats what God can do!

The wilderness is a place most of us will probably say we dont want to go, but it is the place we must be. It is the place where only a few people live, but it is the place where God is an ever present provider for those who trust. CONTINUE READING ...

The Giant with the whole world in his hands

   

Dear Friends,

The Giant with the whole world in his hands

God is the Giant of our lives who holds the whole world in his hands and wants us to be as BIG as Jesus in what we can do. With the biggest heart, the longest arms and the best vision everyone is loved, embraced and seen by God. No hiding in the garden or under a bushel God forgives and wants YOU to be a shining light to the world. CONTINUE READING ...

Love is flowing like a river!

Dear Friends,

Love is flowing like a river!

This morning I share an image of a river flowing through the wilderness and if we follow it there will always be water by our side providing the refreshment we need.

I hope you can see that river leading through the wilderness because it overflows with living waters where there is always a welcome for you to stop for a refreshing drink or cooling rinse. If we follow the river we will never be thirsty and at the end of it we will find that Love is as vast as an ocean! CONTINUE READING ...

When childish things are not forgotten!

Dear Friends,

When childish things are not forgotten!

1 corinthians 13: 1-13

As a child I talked and behaved like a child. As a child I thought and reasoned like a child, but as I grew-up I was able to leave my childish ways behind me. Most of us can look back and remember the childish things we did, but not everyone can leave them in the past. CONTINUE READING ...

When God asks the IMPOSSIBLE

Dear Friends,

When God asks the IMPOSSIBLE

we have to make it sound possible!

Some words I have written for the end of the opening devotions of the West Midlands Synod next Saturday hit me with the power of a boxers punch this weekend: When will we start answering the questions? When will we stop questioning the answers? CONTINUE READING ...

When the Word is silent

Dear Friends,

When the Word is silent

I know there is a God somewhere!

The verse of an African American spiritual came into my head as I was walking yesterday afternoon as a timely reminder that when the Word is silent I hear music in the air and I know that there must be a God somewhere! CONTINUE READING ...