“How can we keep silent?”

mountainThe devotional tonight focusses on the theme of “love”. At the close of the evening we’ll be using this Celtic prayer/poem to help us take God’s love to the world.

Perhaps you’d like to pray through it at some point today? How about in your lunch-break, or before going home from work, or walking from the station to your home?

See you tonight ….

God whose love reaches to the highest heavens
how can we keep silent?
God whose righteousness stands like the tallest mountain
how can we keep silent?
God whose justice is deeper than any ocean
how can we keep silent?
God whose grace flows like a never-ending river
how can we keep silent?
How can we not proclaim your majesty
from generation to generation?
How can we not raise the lamp of your Salvation
for all the world to see?
God whose love reaches to the highest heavens
we praise your mighty name!

Devotional on “Love”

This Friday night we’ll be at Bracknell leisure centre – not for a game of badminton, or an aerobics class, but for a devotional on the theme of “love”. Here’s a beautiful prayer/poem that we’ll use on the night. Does it miss any of the main attributes of God’s love? What do you think?

Your love
flows like a stream
into the ocean of your Grace.

Your love
encircles this world,
displays your faithfulness.

Your love
is patient and kind,
brings wholeness and true peace.

Your love
is all we desire
to heal our brokenness.

As all things pass
and fade away
love remains

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UK & Ireland Student Retreat Report


On January 30th over 100 students descended upon Alton Castle for the annual Winter student retreat. The theme of the retreat was “Return of the King” and the location was appropriately grand. 12th century walls framed the bridge which lead to the awe inspiring castle that would be our home for the next few days. Snow covered picturesque woods provided an amazing backdrop to an already beautiful view.2L9A1514

The location inspired awe, and our spirit-filled guest speakers Jeff Henderson and his wife Amanda reinforced who we should be in awe of. The King. The King who we should worship, who has shown His majesty and character through His creation. His creation on this earth and beyond! The King who we should live for and dig deep to obey and follow. The King who is coming back to make everything new!2L9A1524

On the Saturday evening we realised the Lord of the Rings undercurrent to the retreat and devolved into teams to get our Frodo and Sam on. The journey game was a lot of fun uniting as teams and building memories together.

We grew in faith and were inspired to live for the King at our Universities. We also saw Raina Salim make the decision to live for the King as the clock approached midnight on Saturday. With snow on the ground and no proper hose to use, our inflatable pool was filled by the more than 30 students who carried one pot and pan after another to see Raina’s sins washed away. It was a baptism of epic proportions.

The 2015 Winter retreat was an amazing experience in growing closer to the King, our King, the only King. As the departure came on Sunday afternoon there was that bittersweet sense. We bid old friends and newly made ones adieu. In the modern age however we said farewell knowing that its not too hard to keep in touch at all!