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3rd May, 2020 - The Good Shepherd, Countryfile, One Man and His Dog

Trinity and Cores End United Reformed Churches - 1 year ago. High Wycombe and Bourne End.

3rd May, 2020 - The Good Shepherd, Countryfile, One Man and His Dog

Trinity and Cores End United Reformed Churches - 1 year ago. High Wycombe and Bourne End.

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Sunday, 14th June 2020 part 2 - Sent
This episode touches on events in America and the UK relating to Donald Trump, BLM, racism,  COVID-19 in late May/early June 2020  "Jesus looks out on the crowd and sees desperate need – he sees confusion and anxiety, he sees a lack of meaning and purpose, he sees people struggling with disease and poverty and the prejudice of others.  He sees humanity torn and bruised – and his heart is broken too.  He is filled with compassion and love for them all.  That is where we trace our roots as a Christian community today. Not in the chequered history of the church; not in the heroes or villains of church and society down the years; not in the triumphalism or defeatism of the church over the centuries."  ... All too often across the world we’ve seen statues pulled down, but deeper structures and attitudes remaining unchanged. What’s needed is real change not virtue signalling or empty gestures.  Wishful thinking and woolly-minded actions will not do.  We need to reach deep into hurting humanity bringing that healing grace of Jesus in word and action. As Christians we must keep that innocence of the dove – that integrity and generosity of spirit, but also use our minds – being shrewd like snakes – thinking carefully and deeply about the injustices and hurts in our world and how to truly share in the kingdom work of Jesus today – a kingdom of justice, compassion, healing and peace.  May God give us the courage and wisdom to be workers for Christ today – for the sake of all races, all colours, all humanity.
16:16
June 14, 2021
Sunday, 14th June 2020 part 1 - Can you help
The phone rings and someone asks "can you help me?".   It all depends on what they are asking for.   Feeling poorly, a house on fire, an empty plate, a computer that has crashed?    It's important to ask for help when we need it  The great work the food banks are doing  Can you help?  We CAN help each other.
04:59
June 13, 2021
Sunday, 7th June 2020 part 2 - Sent out in God's name
It was recently announced that Elon Musk and Grimes have named their child X Æ A-12 - a joke on the world with a more normal name to follow?   Sometimes children are saddled with what seem like terrible names.  My uncle Jack was fine with his first name but not when combined with his surname - Russell  Terry was popular in the 60s and 70s, maybe I should go with my second name, much more longstanding - James?  Names are amazing things, for some religions the name of God is considered so holy that it shouldn't be spoken.  For Christians the name of God is summed up in one word - Trinity  For early Christians the Trinitarian name summed up the faith that Jesus had given to them.
13:55
June 7, 2021
Sunday, 7th June 2020 part 1 - "Out on the Rye"
Today is Trinity Sunday where we grapple with the question of who God is  Some churches take that as the name of their community and the building Trinity URC High Wycombe traces its roots back to 1662 in Crendon Lane  A great name to carry Trinity looks onto the Rye, a wonderful green space containing Pann Mill, the river Wye and many activities, saved from development by local citizens, now treasured as a jewel in Wycombe's crown . We can't meet in person but remember that Trinity is a community  
04:44
June 6, 2021
Sunday, 31st May 2020 part 2 - Pentecost is often missed
Pentecost is often missed  10 weeks after lockdown, we have travelled from Mothering Sunday, Holy Week, Easter and Ascension Day to arrive here at Pentecost and the birth of the Church  Difficulty with Pentecost and the blockbuster description of events Experience of God has been dramatic at times but often not like that described in Acts  Luke sees this not as a moment of ecstatic praying but communication of the wonder of God and the great news of Jesus  We belong to one global community, not little competing religious groupings.    The Spirit allows us to speak in the language of everyday like those first disciples of the wonders of God   Wonders seen in the greatest of scientific discoveries and a key worker doing their job.   Wonders seen in the great sweep of history and the simple story of a carpenter who dies on a cross
09:43
May 31, 2021
Sunday, 31st May 2020 part 1 - Celebrating a great birthday
Celebrating a great birthday, that of the Church almost 2000 years ago  On a birthday we often have a cake to celebrate Lighting a candle to remember the story from Acts where the spirit descends like tongues of fire  A breath to blow out the candle to remind of the breath of Christ, Jesus breathing on the disciples who received the Holy Spirit  The power of a mighty wind blowing through the hearts of the first disciples  Another connection to wind this week - not the words of our politicians but the repaired organ at Cores End
03:03
May 30, 2021
Sunday, 24th May 2020 part 2 - Box Sets and the books of Luke
Are you working through any box sets at the moment?  Downton Abbey, the complete plays of William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie?  Maybe you need a longer lockdown to finish them?  One of the great series in the bible is from Luke, one of only two amazing books by Luke.  Imagine if he had been able to carry on the series documenting the amazing work Jesus was doing.  How would Luke tell the story of the Church today?  We pray for all to know God's Kingdom  The delights of the URC - a wide variety  Reading: John 17.1-11 Want to see more?  Join us in worship on our YouTube channel every Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGU0Xl7GgEXwutvo2kRLPg Or visit our website - https://www.trinity-urc.org.uk
15:24
May 24, 2021
Sunday, 24th May 2020 part 1 - The Next Instalment
Have you managed to finish the projects you set aside during lockdown?  There is always more to do, it's good to tick them off  Life is work in progress for all of us  Jesus - the Son of God - did he finish his work? Was it completed on the cross and following his triumph over death?  We are now in the between times Want to see more?  Join us in worship on our YouTube channel every Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGU0Xl7GgEXwutvo2kRLPg Or visit our website - https://www.trinity-urc.org.uk
03:49
May 23, 2021
17th May 2020 - 6th Sunday of Easter - Part 3. You are loved
You are loved How many rainbows have you seen this week? Look at any street and you will see any number on the street thanking the NHS God making peace with his world in Genesis Cores End Church cross now has a rainbow with the words - "You are loved" The great command of Jesus - "Show that you are my disciples by loving others as I have loved you" Facing all of the challenges, Jesus still speaks the truth that is deep in his heart - the love of God The theme for the week ahead is kindness Want to see more?  Join us in worship on our YouTube channel every Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGU0Xl7GgEXwutvo2kRLPg Or visit our website - https://www.trinity-urc.org.uk
07:55
May 17, 2021
17th May 2020 - 6th Sunday of Easter - Part 2. Resolve - do not be frightened, have confidence in Christ
Reading 1 Peter 3.13-22  followed by a short talk by Derek Holland (from Cores End) 1st verse of the reading - "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" Standing up to a corrupt regime? Resolve - do not be frightened, have confidence in Christ Sometimes strength doesn't come from physical or even mental might A world not wanting to hear the message of love and forgiveness Want to see more?  Join us in worship on our YouTube channel every Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGU0Xl7GgEXwutvo2kRLPg Or visit our website - https://www.trinity-urc.org.uk
10:43
May 16, 2021
17th May 2020 - 6th Sunday of Easter - Part 1. Not left deserted
Introduction: ‘not left deserted!’ Have you learnt any new skills recently? Louise and her potatoes, Rosie and her masks Learning new skills can be challenging Taking flight on our own We are now at the point of the story of Jesus where he says "over to you" Want to see more?  Join us in worship on our YouTube channel every Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGU0Xl7GgEXwutvo2kRLPg Or visit our website - https://www.trinity-urc.org.uk
05:47
May 16, 2021
10th May, 2021 - Choices and neighbours helping each other
Part 1 - Choices: Life is full of choices At the moment we seem to have fewer choices than usual, lockdown has made the choices of what we do a little smaller.  Choosing one thing normally means rejecting the other, we can't be in two places at once Reading: 1 Peter 2. 9,10 Part 2 - Neighbours: It has been good to see neighbours helping each other, running errands and clapping for the NHS Christian Aid reminds us of the neighbours we leave behind and forget about.  Those without enough water or food, those who can't escape the coronavirus pandemic as easily as we can. A pecking order with the UK, US and Europe at the top.  We need to challenge this. An affirmation from Chile – They will not rob me of hope
14:47
May 9, 2021
3rd May, 2020 - The Good Shepherd, Countryfile, One Man and His Dog
3 short talks: Continuing our Easter journey with one word. A reflection on the reading from Peter. Dealing with persecution and abuse. The Good Shepherd, Countryfile, One Man and His Dog
17:31
May 2, 2021
26th April, 2020 - Openings, Cleopas and Emmaus
Introduction by Revd Terry Hinks - "Open the book" Do you like opening things?   Have you read a favourite book or started a new one recently Three Men in a Boat - a story of opening things - enjoying the thought of a tin of pineapple but nothing to open it with Address – by Revd Terry Hinks   Taking you on a 14mile walk today - 30,000 steps but only in your mind  A journey with Cleopas and his unnamed companion - no social distancing required  Walking home to Emmaus Feeling helpless and hopeless, grief stricken and angry.   Wanting to get home to put all of the madness behind them.  Empty hearts  Meeting a stranger to whom they can unburden all of their feelings  How does this person not know about events?  How the storyteller moves us from the pain and hurt to something more wonderful.
19:15
April 25, 2021
19th April, 2020 - Low Sunday
Welcome and explanation by Revd. Terry Hinks Reading: 1 Peter 1. 3 – 9 Reading: John 20. 19 – 31 A short address by Alan Yates reflecting on the readings - The reading from Peter.   - A 60 second summary of our core Christian beliefs - v8 - a reference to Thomas  - The second half of our Gospel reading - the story of Thomas  - "I wish I was more like Thomas", but not as a doubter.   - The courage Thomas showed through his life - Indecision is not the same as doubt  - Doubting is not dithering  - Thomas's only mistake  - Loneliness and isolation   - Remember it's not easy to follow Jesus  - 2 Corinthians 4 v8 - "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed".
14:23
April 18, 2021
12th April, 2020 - Easter Sunday
Revd. Terry Hinks reflects on an Easter day like no other during this pandemic but still, in many ways the same Part 1: Easter egg hunts may be cancelled but we like finding things, including rhubarb and catkins!   What have you found this week in lockdown?  A TV series, a walk, a computer game or a book.   The first Christians weren't expecting to find anything on that first Easter day.    What can we find looking around the church today? Part 2:  Let us be happy, let us celebrate - easy to say but can we live these words in our lives today during this global emergency.   Words of comfort from Her Majesty the Queen last week - "an immovable matriarch".  Holy week and Easter remind us that life involves choices.  Human values of tolerance, humour and caring
20:01
April 12, 2021
10th April 2020 - Good Friday - Walking with people
In a joint Good Friday service, Malcolm Hazell from Union Baptist Church, High Wycombe shares his thoughts on walking with his dogs during lockdown. Walking with spaniels Meeting people and avoiding them. Mark's Gospel Ch1 v 40-41, Jesus meeting the man with leprosy.   Jesus doing the unthinkable.   Jesus doesn't need to socially distance himself.
06:25
April 11, 2021
5th April, 2020 - How has the week been for you?
Revd. Terry Hinks speaking on Palm Sunday, 5th April 2020. "How has the week been for you?"  Connecting with people remotely or in thought. Feeling alone and feeling part of the bigger church family.  Hold on to the goodness of God, try and reflect that goodness to others
08:56
April 5, 2021
29th March, 2020 - Passion Sunday
Two sections from our service where Revd. Terry Hinks talks about: The meaning of the cross Powerful Psalms and powerful stories from the Gospels - Anguish, peace, isolation and agony to placing trust in God.  Personal and powerful words from Jesus, questioning God and holding nothing back to achieve confidence.  God is not a distant God.  Those who seek the Lord will ultimately offer praise and worship.
08:55
March 29, 2021
22nd March 2020 - It starts
Our first episode.  Listen as Revd. Terry Hinks talks about how life has changed as the COVID pandemic takes hold.  From just before the UK lockdown started in March 2020 'I think the last two weeks have been the longest in my life, with each day bringing change and challenge to the way we live our lives, and the way we work as a church community. But today's worship reminds us that the life and work of the church goes on. The doors may be shut, but the church is not closed. The doors may be shot, but God is open, open to your prayers and to your praises. As one journalist wrote this week, the birds are singing, and it will pass. We may be dispersed and anxious, but in Christ, we are united and renewed. Britain today may be a strange land, but we can still sing the songs of faith. And singing is part of what being human is about. It's an instinct within us all. Whether we are croakers, or wonderful opera singers. We may not be as good at it as the birds. But over 1000s of years, we have learned to sing for our own pleasure to share stories and legends and to sing in worship to the God who made and rescues us. Singing is part of the way our nation comes together. ...Perhaps there is no greater song in the world than the 23rd Psalm. Loved by Jews and Christians alike, and people outside those faith communities. While other song songs speak of many different emotions, fear, anger, despair, thankfulness. this psalm speaks of reassurance and trust. Say it to yourself, and almost inevitably, you will feel calmer and more collected. Even when it moves to the darker places of life, it assures us of God's presence within it. Many of the older generation among you will have learned the Old King James version of this great song with that verse Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Wherever you are today, whatever your circumstances, your hopes or fears, know that God is with you. And let that bring you hope and confidence and peace. This Psalm is immensely personal. The Lord is my shepherd. But shepherds always have a flock. Never just one sheep. Certainly I've not come across a shepherd with only one sheep. The Lord is my shepherd. But the Lord is your Shepherd ...a letter from URC, General Secretary, john Proctor, closed with a prayer: "Lord Jesus in the midst of a storm, you said peace, be still buried our anxious fears subside. sustain your church in faith, hope and love. Bring our nation through this tumult, Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities, and healing and hope to those who are infected. In heart and in prayer, we can stay connected. As Christians and as human beings, we can remember that we are part of one flock Christ's flock, and invite others find that love and peace within the one flock to Jesus said, I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. So let's reach out to each other, touch each other in our hearts this week, by phone calls and acts of kindness, by discipline, prayer, and deepen faith, trusting in the Good Shepherd, the Eternal One who gives us all life and a living hope."'
10:07
March 29, 2021