Five Minutes Peace

Grab a cuppa. Settle down in a comfy chair. Let yourself have 5 Minutes' Peace...
... To yourself away from the chaos of life. To relax. To reflect. To meet with God.

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Read: Acts 10:34-43

Consider this:

However you look at it, 2016 has been quite a year! For some, it has been a year of achievement, progression and joy. For others, it has brought uncertainty, doubt and fear.

The news of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the USA’s decision to elect Donald J Trump as President have certainly been controversial. They have affirmed some people’s ideas about how their country and, indeed, the world, should proceed.  For others, they are a sad indictment of how bad things have become.

Read more: Walking the Way with Christ

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In the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping, eating, drinking and meeting with friends and family, it can be very difficult to find a moment of peace at Christmas. Yet, somewhat ironically, peace is precisely what this great festival is all about!

Sometimes, we need to calm down, take a breather and focus on the things which really matter. This is especially important at this time of year, as we seek rest at the end of a busy year and seek inspiration for the fast approaching new one.

This short liturgy, adapted from the URC’s Vision4Life materials (www.vision4life.org.uk) offers a chance to take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to consider what Christmas really means. It can be used by individuals for private reflection or by groups who wish to share the experience together.

Read more: Let there be light...

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Read: John 1: 1 – 5 (from ‘The Message’ / ‘Word on the Street’)

The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing — not one thing! — came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

Read more: The Life Light

Read: Psalm 40

Consider this:

What are you thankful for? What song might sum that up? What does it mean for you to speak of God’s love for you? What story would you tell?

In scripture, the Psalms offer us much to ponder. Some are songs of praise and thanksgiving. Others are songs of woe and grief. Some are songs of hope and reassurance. Others are songs of anger and despair. What Psalms would you write?

Here’s what U2 made of Psalm 40…

Read more: How Long to Sing This Song?
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