Beltway, Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey hit (August 2017) Another guest post, this time from Brian Turnbow, one-time student on placement in Rotterdam (2007) and later returning as locum during Rev. Robert Calvert’s study leave in 2012. Brian lives and works in Houston, Texas. After Hurricane Harvey hit the city at the end of August, … Continue reading "Guest post: Memories of the hurricane"
As mentioned in an earlier post, 25 November 2017 has been earmarked as a National Day of Prayer for the Church of Scotland, as part of a year-long call for prayer under the banner of Together We Pray. You too are invited to stand with us and remember the Church of Scotland in your prayers … Continue reading "Remember: National Day of Prayer"
Downtown Lausanne (Photo: Irene Bom) “How happy is the one whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sin is hidden from sight.” (Psalm 32:1, The Voice) If we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because … Continue reading "Forgiven and forgotten"
Somehow, via via, I’d found my way to Bar3, next to Rotown, a pop podium/bar/restaurant in Rotterdam that I like to visit. Rotown had a concert on that evening, so Bar3 would have to do. I took out my laptop to work on Joost Pot’s guest post (War and Peace). “What’s the wifi code?” … Continue reading "We will remember them"
Jewish Children’s Monument, Rotterdam (Source: wikipedia) Each year, since the mid-1920’s, the Scots International Church Rotterdam hosts an annual Peace Service on Remembrance Sunday. Joost Pot – retired auxiliary minister of the Church of Scotland and long-standing member of this congregation – reflects on his war-time experiences and our abiding need to pray and … Continue reading "Guest post: War and peace"
“Do this in remembrance of me,” Jesus said. (Luke 22:19) Do this. Take bread and wine, and share it with the gathered people of God. Do this. As a memorial. Words and actions from long ago, re-enacted and made real in the present, so we too may be fed. Not just once a year, like … Continue reading "Do this remembering"
Shop front in Gibraltar (Photo: Irene Bom) A few selected verses from Psalm 103 as introduction to our November theme of the month: Remember 1 Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and FORGET NOT all his benefits – 3 who forgives … Continue reading "Forget not"