January 2015

We started the year by thinking about the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jeus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was bured; he descended o the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

At the start of the year we reflected on the story of the wisemen: their faith; their tenacity and purpose in journeying: the prophetic gifts they carried. We challenged ourselves whether through words and actions this year we can speak of the kingship, priesthood and sacrifice of Jesus to people that we meet or spend alot of time with. We thought about their faith as non-Jewish people and how many of us follow in their footsteps.

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We have thought about the need and purpose of having a creed. We have reflected on what the creed tells us about the Trinity and our relationships with one another. We thought about God being beyond our understanding and yet at the same time living with us. Nicola spoke about Jesus being fully God and fully human and what that means for us. She talked about how it was only by becoming fully human that Jesus could save us. Deborah talked about what it means for Jesus to be crucified, risen and ascended. Jesus’ death banishes the shadows of sin and offers us the change to walk in the new light. We discussed what it means to become part of Christ so that his story becomes our story.

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