Author: Ann Harris

Final Audit

For businesses and others who manage funds, the day of judgement when the books are opened comes annually when the auditors arrive. Do the accounts show the profit and loss, assets and liabilities, correctly? What about the audit of our lives? It’s not a matter of hoping the ticks outnumber the crosses! Thank you, Lord Jesus, that those who trust in you are judged already and pardoned. Amen. O Love, thou bottomless abyss, my sins are swallowed up in thee! Covered is my unrighteousness, nor spot of guilt remains on me, while Jesu’s blood through earth and skies ‘mercy, free...

God’s enemy chained

In the final book of the Bible, three figures who oppose God become one. The serpent or snake is a twister, questioning and contradicting what God has clearly said. The Satan begins as a prosecutor, not wicked but probing, but sinks to become ‘the accuser of the brothers.’ The Beast means worldly superpowers such as Babylon and Rome. One day this three-in-one will be chained. Help me, Lord, to resist the twister as you did in the wilderness. Amen. And were this world all devils o’er and watching to devour us, we lay it not to heart so sore; not...

Jesus’ family to the rescue?

Like any Jewish mother, Mary was worried. ‘Ever since he went off with those fishermen, my boy’s not eating properly!’ But she and her family had to learn that they couldn’t demand the normal attention of an eldest son. His new larger family was based not on blood lines but on faithful obedience to God’s will. Eldest brother Jesus, thank you for making us members of your family. Amen. Mother Mary, crying no at your son’s disruptive vision, he must roam away from home, breaking family cohesion: planting heaven here on earth, God’s new invitation brings the outcasts to rebirth,...

Ears to hear?

Explaining a parable is like explaining a joke: if they didn’t ‘get it’ first time, they probably won’t get the explanation either. This parable points to the extravagance with which the life-changing message of the Kingdom of God is spread. God doesn’t plant with a seed drill so that only receptive soil can be fruitful. The good seed is broadcast so that everyone has a chance. Break up the hard lumps and dig out the weeds in me, Lord, so that I may be fruitful. Amen. Then listen, all who understand the kingdom of the Lord: for even waste and...

When your tent folds up

Paul the tent maker calls our present bodies ‘tents’; temporary and ordinary. When the Israelites settled in the promised land, they gave up living in tents and built houses. Solomon built a house for God instead of a tent. Christ’s Easter promise is that our feeble bodies (tents) will be made like his glorious risen body. Help me pitch my tent today, Lord, a day’s march nearer home. Amen. For ever with the Lord! Amen; so let it be: Life from the dead is in that word, ’tis immortality. Here in the body pent, absent from Him I roam, yet...

Papers for Assembly and AGM – 10th June 2015

Please find below the papers for the Assembly and AGM to be held on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley (7.30pm start): Assembly AGM Agenda 10th June 2015 Assembly minutes 11th June 2014 Assembly minutes 4th March 2015 AnnualReport2014Complete3 We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

Ready for interruption?

Those to whom this letter was written believed that the world was about to end with the return of Christ in glory. How do you live as if there will be no tomorrow? ‘What if this present were the world’s last night?’ asked John Donne. It’s about love, service, hospitality, prayer and praise. Teach me, Lord, to be always ready to be interrupted by your coming. Amen. My remnant of days I spend in his praise who died the whole world to redeem: be they many or few, my days are his due, and they all are devoted to him....

Newsletter June 2015

This month’s Newsletter has been written by a guest contributor. Many thanks to Brenda Mosedale for stepping in whilst John was on holiday.   Dear Friends, What a difference a week makes. The first week of May began with MK Dons achieving automatic promotion to the championship (with a little help from their friends) and the birth of a princess. It ended with that strange juxtaposition of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of VE day and a change in our political landscape which no one quite expected. What will come next we’ll have to wait and see.  Political promises are...

MKMP Trustee body

As you know, we have successfully set up our CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and we now need formally to sort out the full membership of the Trustee body at our first AGM, which will be on Wednesday 10 June 2015. In line with our Constitution as a CIO we can elect up to 8 Trustees (and charity trustees can further appoint up to 2 Trustees). Trustees serve on a ‘rolling basis’ with one third of the Trustees retiring each year. Full info on all this can be found in the Constitution (see especially sections 12 and 13) which is accessible...

Jesus’ Own Peace

The world has its own kinds of peace. The Romans spread their Roman peace which meant conquering everyone and making sure the world was run their way. A popular kind of peace today is that of indifference where nobody bothers much about anything. Jesus’ peace is the shalom of right relations. Prince of Peace, calm our selfish conflict and bring your true peace. Amen. Put Christ into each other’s hands, He is love’s deepest treasure; In love make peace, give peace a chance, and share it like a treasure. (Fred Kaan)