I hope your past week went well.
There is unfortunately not much news coming from Manor Road church this week, but I have a few delectable delights to get you motivated for holy-week coming up soon.
Our Anne Crowe is still having trouble walking with her legs and feet, so do remember her in your prayers.
A fortnight back a very interesting new BBC2 documentary began called: ‘Civilisations’.
‘Civilisations’ tells the story about different civilizations in our historic time on this planet (nothing new I hear you say) after all we have seen countless programme documentaries on TV about different civilizations in history, YES… but this time…it is being told in a very different and unique way.
This time the way the BBC is documenting about different civilizations… is by telling the historic story of art. This documentary tells the story of different civilizations by documenting how art has had an enormous impact on civilizations and also us as human beings on this planet.
This is a 9-part documentary series for the BBC and it is so complex in terms of telling this historic story that you don’t just have one presenter for this series… you have three presenters.
It is when this series gets to telling the stories of Christian, Roman-catholic, Jewish and Islamic religious art, that this series could become very compelling viewing and REALLY is a series that is definitely worth checking out.
Television documenting prehistoric art is still an unknown territory in the United Kingdom, but I believe this new documentary series will have a very huge impact in how the public views art in our museums around the country.
You can watch Civilisations every Thursday’s on BBC2 at 9.pm.
If you have the BBCiplayer in your televisions you can see any missed episodes of this series on the iplayer, as well as the iplayer on your personal computers by watching on the iplayer online.
Below, I have included the link to the trailer of this very compelling new BBC2 documentary series.
With holy-week coming up (in about two weeks time) I thought I would leave you all with three books you may like to purchase and read over holy-week.
There is a direct link on the page where you can purchase these books on amazon.co.uk, although you may be able to purchase these books at any good retailer of books, including our very own Stoke Newington bookshop on the high street, N16. I am very sure that even if they don’t have the book you want, they will be able to order the book for you.
Happy Buying and Reading.
What is the point of Lent?
If prayer and reading and self-denial are worth doing at this time of year, perhaps we should be doing them all year round! Christianity is not a blueprint for repression but for joy; for a life of fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams. Jesus said ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’.
In short chapters suitable for individual reading or group study and questions for meditation and reflection. Sheila Cassidy considers the word ‘LENT’ as an acronym for what it really means to live as a Christain today.
L is for Love
E is for EMPATHY
N is quite simply for NO!
T is for THANK YOU GOD *book description taken from eden.co.uk
The book can be purchased for £5.99 at amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lent-Loving-Sheila-Cassidy/dp/0232529817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520801245&sr=1-1&keywords=Lent+is+for+Loving
‘The Little Book of Lent’ is anthology of spiritual reflections by various religious writers on the reflections of lent.
The Little Book of Lent presents for you an inspirational source of encouragement collected from the world’s greatest spiritual writers.
‘The Little Book of Lent’ is a powerful anthology of readings from spiritual writers for each day of Lent, with accompanying scripture and prayers to help guide daily reflections. With extracts from a range of inspirational writers and theologians, including Desmond Tutu, Sheila Cassidy and Rowan Williams.
‘The Little Book of Lent’ guides you to deepen your prayer life in anticipation of Easter. This book can be read on your own or with others, used either for self-reflection or to spark discussion and share insights on God’s truths. This edition would be perfect on which to base a Lent course or to use as a talking point for home groups.
Whether or not you choose to read the extracts multiple times or once straight through, Howells’ latest work will lead you to new heights in your Christian journey and personal walk with God. It is the ideal gift for friends, family or anyone else preparing themselves for the sacrifices of Lent. * book information taken from eden.co.uk
The book can be purchased for £4.99 at amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Lent-Reflections-Spiritual/dp/0007561164/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520803330&sr=1-1&keywords=the+little+book+of+lent
In ‘Lenten Lent: A Way to Refresh & Renew Your Spirit,’ Donna Schaper, author of more than 30 books, engages the sometimes gritty, often chaotic and challenging realities of our lives. With great honesty and humanity, openness and hope, she offers readers a way through Lent inspired by the ecological metaphors of renewable and sustainable energy – a truly healing ‘ecology’ for the spirit. *book description taken from amazon.co.uk
This book can be purchased for £5 from a retail seller at amazon.co.uk. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenten-Lent-Donna-Schaper/dp/1770647937/ref=sr_1_31?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520803710&sr=1-31&keywords=Lenten+Lent
Next week’s Sunday morning service will be led by John Stynes.
Church service begins at 10.30 am.
Please bring your friends and families.
You are all very welcome at Manor Road United Reformed Church.
Have A Lovely Week Everyone.