Author: Ann Harris

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)

Two Kinds of Wisdom

Two Kinds of Wisdom Those to whom this letter was written placed high value on wisdom but some people who were considered wise displayed unwise behaviour. True wisdom is shown in actions which build the peace of right relationships, not those which inflate the pride of the supposedly wise person. Give me, Lord, that wisdom which produces a harvest of peace. Amen. ‘Care for friends, ignore the others’ worldly wisdom seems to say. Loving foes and friends as neighbours is our costly, Christ-like way. (Tom Colvin)

Good Harvest

“It’s only human nature…” people say, as if that were an excuse. In the beginning human nature, like all of creation, was very good. But then there came a mutation, a selfish gene that made us ‘turned in on ourselves’. God’s Spirit is growing a good harvest but we need to keep weeding out the selfishness. Living my baptism today, Lord, I die to sin and rise again to your good harvest. Amen. Now what’s the harvest the Spirit brings forth? What’s the fruit that his providence yields? And what’s to show that He lives in our hearts? It’s love...

Pruned for Fruitfulness

It’s very difficult to translate a pun but there is an obvious play in the Greek between ‘katharei’ (he prunes) and ‘katharoi’ (clean). Jesus tells his disciples that his words have already made them clean. When we accept the Word of God as sharper than a gardener’s secateurs, it snips away the dead wood and makes us more fruitful. True Vine, may your sap flow through me and make me a fruitful branch. Amen. I am the vine that my Father tends with care; each branch he prunes that the vine may bear more fruit; severed from me, you will...

Mustard Seed

Powerful men of the day would have scoffed at the idea that an obscure country preacher and his followers from an unfashionable corner of the Empire could possibly change the world. They counted without God’s way of beginning mighty works in small and quiet ways. All that I can do, Lord, seems very small; let it grow in your quiet way. Amen. Within God’s world, as seasons turn, we sleep and grow, with changing need to shed old concepts and to learn the faith that sprouts like mustard seed. (Shirley Erena Murray)

Not for Sale!

Simon the magician was a new Christian but he still had a lot to learn. He recognised in Philip and the Apostles a power greater than his own but thought that if he owned it, he could make a good living by using it. His heart was just beginning to be turned and he still needed his mind to be renewed. In your mercy, Lord, use me and keep me from thinking that I can use you. Amen. Lead them at once their Lord to own, to glory in His cross alone; and then, baptized, His truth to teach, His...

Church Explosion

It looked like disaster for the infant Church in Jerusalem. Stephen had been martyred; who would be next? This young Saul of Tarsus wants to put us all in jail or worse! What’s happening, Lord? But the scattering of Christians led to mission in Samaria. Hadn’t the risen Christ said ‘you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria…’? Now for ‘the ends of the earth’! When I wonder what on earth is happening, Lord, show me how your kingly reign is growing. Amen. Thanks be to God, whose Church on earth has stood the tests of...