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Woodstock Baptist Church

Secretary: Nick Archer
Services: 10.30am

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me' Luke 22.19 'Eucharist', 'Mass', 'The Lord's Supper', 'Communion' are a few of the titles given to the act of complying with Jesus' command 'do this' At the baptist church we hold a monthly service of communion. On these occasions we look back with gratitude to the ... more

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3.5

There is, I think, a difference between wholehearted trust and blind faith. One elects, on the basis of certain truths and experiences, to entrust oneself; the other crassly assumes all will be well without any basis for optimism.
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Completely finished.

Knowing that all was now completed and so that scripture would be fulfilled Jesus said 'I am thirsty' when he had received the drink he said 'It is finished'. With that he bowed his head and breathed his last.
John 19.28

No dictionary definition has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between 'complete' and 'finished'. However, ... more

Letting go…

Jesus said to her “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.â€
John 20.17

“Let it go†was the hit song from Disney’s animation “Frozen†a song about empowerment through liberated ... more

Turning round Jesus saw them following and asked “What do you want?â€

John 1.38

I heard it said that a Fundamentalist is someone who throws the maybe out with the bath water.

I’d like to leave the maybe in my adventure of faith because discipleship involves discovery, the process of discovering or being discovered, which in turn requires a willingness ... more

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

The familiar opening ... more

The Embrace of God.

“The Cuddle falls foul of political correctness†so the headline ran. The article stated researchers had “discovered†that everyone needs at least one hug a day to cope with the stress of modern life, but hugging could be deemed “inappropriateâ€.

Sadly the researchers reported that a third of people receive ... more

Mark 15.33 - 41

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

We come to Easter early this year, the clocks are moved forward on Easter Sunday, light coming to us that bit sooner; Spring is on the way. ... more

A favourite Christmas reading commences with these words "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God..." John 1

All quite mysterious and puzzling at first reading John's prologue sketches out what his Gospel will reveal. It rewards those who begin to seek God within its pages - the author's intention is that those who read will be enabled to believe or ... more

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
For those in the "Autumn" years of life I offer the following and hope that it blesses you as it has me.

Beatitudes for friends of the aged--Esther Mary Walker

Blessed are they who understand. ... more

"Teach us to number our days aright that we might gain a heart of wisdom" Psalm (90.12)

As the clocks go back and we "gain" an hour it might be worth pausing to ask how we use the gift of time.

Filling the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run may give you the world and everything in it but as this world is passing and fading, is it not better to store treasure ... more

'our frail bodies becoming transformed into the likeness of Christ's glorious body' [Phil 3].

How do we understand the Easter story of the Resurrection?
Is it a nice sentiment, an idea that Jesus lives on in the memories of others, something about our souls outlasting our bodies, or a solid, physical, historical fact?

The bible presents the resurrection of Jesus ... more