Category Archives: Christian life

A truly memorable​ celebration for Harvest

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46 people from across the Benefice gathered this evening for a very special Benefice Harvest Service and Supper in the newly re-ordered St. Kenelm’s Church, Enstone.  The nave was transformed and the Communion service took place around the tables, interspersed with a two-course meal of cottage pie with peas followed by apple pie / crumble and 6lts of custard! Continue reading A truly memorable​ celebration for Harvest

Journey through Advent: Forgiveness

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The discussion at the first of this year’s Advent Suppers focused on the challenge of forgiveness. We regularly pray that we may be forgiven as we forgive others and sometimes it is easy to forgive – but there are times when it is hard, even impossible. So how does the Bible help us understand how we might approach forgiveness? To help our discussion, we read some news stories including two about Eva Kor, a concentration camp survivor who was able to forgive the unforgivable when others would not or could not. We watched Rob Bell’s video ‘Luggage’ in which he argues that forgiveness is as much to do with setting ourselves free as it is lifting the burden of others. A lively discussion followed that ranged over a variety of personal experiences and produced some memorable mental images including filing cabinets, dead balloons and horse jumps!

Unfortunately time didn’t allow us to explore some of the wider questions, such as how forgiveness relates to desire for revenge, whether it means condoning bad behaviour and how it might differ from reconciliation. We plan to organise a discussion group next year to give us an opportunity to discuss some of these questions, maybe in the form of a book club. The Brothers Karamazov, anyone?

If you would like to look at the materials we used you can download them here.  You can also find a link to the Bell video we watched.

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