From Advent 2016, Mark reflects on the year and invites you to imagine a better world in which people with two coats give one to people with none.
An Introduction to the Holy Spirit.
The book of Esther is an epic story of drama, intrigue, comedy and cliff-hangers. How can this ancient text inspire and encourage us when we continue to see oppression and injustice throughout the world and on our doorstep. How can we respond as individuals and as a community to the challenges of putting faith into action at times of crisis.
Guest speaker, Dave Magill, shared from the Parable of the Prodigal Son. He focussed on how the story affected the pharisees who would have been listening to Jesus and how we relate to the characters of the two brothers and the Father.
This is Rob's final talk of the series, and his last as minister of Hay Hill. At the end of the talk, Gaynor thanked Rob for all that he has done and been at the church in the last ten years, and urged the church to listen and take note of this last series, which is "foundational" (covering as it does the Bible, God, Jesus, the Kingdom and the Church) but is a different way of thinking that stands us in good stead for the future.
'Why are we here?' is perhaps the biggest question we ask as human beings. And even if we rarely find ourselves asking the question, the way we answer it will undoubtedly shape our lives and the daily choices and decisions we make. In his latest talk, Rob suggests that the answer to that question lies in our calling to live as citizens of God's kingdom.
In part two of Rob's final series, he looks at the ways in which we try to describe God, and suggests that an image; a picture; a painting is more appropriate than ever-more intricate words. Providing we understand the limits of our words, the ancient language of Trinity still provides the best framework for understanding and speaking about God.
Rob's first talk of his final series as minister at Hay Hill: What is the Bible? And how can we best make use of this most useful of books?