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Faith, Hope, Love

(2 Samuel 23:1-5; Ephesians 1:15-end) The epistle to the Ephesians is not a letter in a strict sense; it is more like a theological treatise in the style of a letter. And it is generally considered not to be from the pen of Paul, but by a later author building on his views. Not everyone accepts that view, but whoever wrote it, it is clear that Ephesians reflects the same three theological virtues of faith, hope and love that we see elsewhere in Paul’s writings, often appearing in close relation to each other, as they do in this evening’s reading, and in other NT writings too.From the earliest days it seems that in combination faith, hope and love were recognised as the principal features of

Bird Song

(Genesis 8:20-9:17; Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21) I’ve been thinking a little bit about bird song. The song of birds is one of the most wonderful gifts we have in the world of a nature. One of those gifts that perhaps we don’t notice as much as we should – perhaps because it’s there all the time. Or we’re too pre-occupied to stop and listen. Or because (in a built up area like ours) the birds are simply drowned out by so many other noises. The beauty and variety of birds’ song is amazing, all the same. And also, in one sense, a bit of a mystery. Obviously birds call for different reasons – to attract a mate, to guard a territory, to warn of a predator, or to hold the group together. Yet s