February 2018 A Study course on the Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are the meek Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness Blessed are the merciful Blessed are the pure in heart Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake

The Beatitudes are recorded by Matthew’s Gospel and are central to Jesus’ teaching on discipleship. Yet neither Mark nor John records them, and in Luke’s Gospel they look quite different. What’s go- ing on? What does it mean to be blessed? Do other biblical texts help us? And when we have under- stood what Jesus is saying, what are we to do about it? How are we to live?

A short course on the Beatitudes will take place on four Saturday mornings between January and March from 11 am to 12.30 in the Church Room, St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Park Road.

27 January 2018: The Revd Professor John Barton, 10 February 2018: The Revd Dr Paul Sheppy, 24 February2018: The Revd Dr Phillip Tovey 10 March 2018: The Revd Canon Emma Percy

Join us as we study these words and use them in an ancient form of Christian practice called “divine reading”. We will listen for the Lord to speak to us again and as we hear his voice, we will seek to obey and find the conversion of our life.

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the plane, the adventure with Peter starts. He has the authority of the chief of Sierra Leone, and in this country the traditional forms of authority hold firm, for better or worse. In Peter’s case it’s for the better, for he uses his authority, and his vast knowledge of African manners, to nudge reforms and hope and self-esteem.

Please pray for Sierra Leone. God is here but so is the darkness that could not and will not extin- guish the light of his love: a remote spot that has meant much to Britain. Like Peter, we can hon- our its potential and keep hope alive.

Abs Dumbuya and Peter Penfold


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