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Mar 16

I Can Plan 1


US Navy 110401-N-HC601-027 ailors cross the line during the first annual Chief Petty Officer Birthday 5K Run-Walk at Naval Base San Diego


Lent is a 40 day journey that ends at Easter. How have you engaged in Lent? For many of us who try and ‘take up’ or ‘give up’ something, it only works if you carefully plan it into your life!

It seems to me that Jesus was someone who planned more than we may think. He was someone who carefully considered his actions, and words to gain maximize impact. We see this in his final journey towards Jerusalem before his death. What can you learn from this animated description of that journey?

As you finish this term, and head towards Easter, on to exams, or to another goal, here’s a prayer for the journey.

Most Loving God,

Thank you that you remain constant with us on whatever journey we are on.

May we rejoice and celebrate what we have and where we’ve come from.

May we trust you in times of joy and in sorrow.

Be our guide in the darkness and in the light, so that we might be living beacons of hope for others.

In Jesus’ Name,


For further listening, enjoy these legends as they sing about Easter Grace:



Mar 8

Science Fiction 2

Hopefully there are some science fiction fans in your tutor group.  If so, what film(s), what book(s), what game(s), what TV series would you recommend?

Books, how about Dune or The Dispossessed?

Films,  2001: A Space Odyssey or Wall-e  or Blade Runner (they are 15 certificates)?

TV, Dr Who or Star Trek?

Games, You’ll have to help me!

The great thing about science fiction is that as it is fiction that breaks or goes beyond the earth’s and human’s natural rules, it can work on our imagination and stimulate thought.  I think one reason it’s popular today is because it often challenges what’s established.  The good news is that usually good wins over evil and a saviour comes to the rescue.

The Bible is clear.  God is beyond our comprehension,


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORDIsaiah 55


God is stronger than evil,


Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4


Jesus is the Saviour,


For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.Luke 19


So, enjoy science fiction, let your minds and feelings be expanded by exciting themes and actions but don’t lose your grip on the reality of God loving this earth and each one of us.


We give you praise, O Lord, our God

And humbly thank you for everything,

For life, and health, and well being,

And all the good this day will bring.

So, we’re halfway through Lent.  How’s it going? Use this quiet song as a few moments of peace in the midst of our busy lives,



Mar 2

Science Fiction 1


 flickr photo by FLYGUY shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license


Unless you’ve not been online or outside for the last month, you will have heard lots about Black Panther.


*Spolier alert* to follow

Black Panther is set to become one of the highest earning and most watched films ever, smashing lots of records already. As well as being entertaining, there are lots of reasons why this film is so important, here’s a few;



Why do you think this film has impacted so many people? And why are Superhero films, in general, so popular?

Michael Shannon – who played the villainous General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel – think it may be because:


It’s a very delicate time right now on Earth, and there’s a lot going on that is pretty frightening …It would be nice to believe or think that there was somebody that could protect us from that.


Do you think we are all looking for someone to fight for us, or save us? As a Christian, I believe in a God who wants to rescue people from whatever darkness they experience in their lives. I believe we can find spiritual inspiration from films like Black Panther that could actually affect our lives.

Saving God,
Thank you for the films and stories that inspire and entertain,
Thank you that you are a God who has not stood by, but intervenes and gets involved. We ask you would you do that for this world, at this time. You would bring order out of chaos and would send people who can be peacemakers, game changers, to create brighter and better future for all.
I pray that we would know you working in super natural ways.

Here’s one of the songs from the soundtrack:



Feb 22

I Can Research 2

Watch this talk. It’s good to watch it all but you could just watch little bits to get the idea.



Our Alive skill talks about ‘I Can Research’ and it’s very important in this information-rich age to have research skills.  It is even more important to know why we are researching, why we are learning and how we can use research for good purposes.

The parable of the Sower reminds us we need to be fertile, good soil if God is going to be able to blossom in and through us.  We have just started the season of Lent in the church’s calendar which is about preparing for Easter.  Seize the opportunity to take some time with God to ask him about his will for your life.

I have thought sometimes about all the clever students in our school who get great results in Science and Technology and how you will, one day, use your abilities to improve your community and even the world as a whole.  You’ll probably want to make a difference to the most vulnerable people in society.  Maybe you’ll give or be the subject of a TED talk.

Have a good Lent.


Keep us, O Lord,

while we tarry on this earth,

in a serious seeking after you,  

and in an affectionate walking with you,  

every day of our lives;  

that when you come,  

we may be found not hiding our talent,  

nor serving the flesh,  

nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished,  

but waiting and longing for our Lord,  

our glorious God for ever. 


(Richard Baxter 1691)

Optional music: allow yourself to relax into God’s company with.



Feb 9

I Can Research 1

I hope you had a good half term, whether you were in Uganda, the UK, or anywhere else in the world.

Last week was 'random act of kindness week.' I'm not sure how I feel about capturing every 'good deed' on camera, but you've got to take your hat off to this girl's effort. Why do you think people are so surprised by her good deeds?


Lent is upon us, and as well as all the other things people may or may not engage in, we want to be encouraging everyone to think about practical kindness and how we can make SMRT a place where kindness is contagious.

We will be presenting a weekly challenge, and this week's is simply to think.

Firstly, to think about self-kindness. How can you build up your physical, spiritual and mental health?

Secondly, we want to think about how we can be kinder to others in word and deed.

Some of the other questions you may want to consider are:

Who is easiest to be kind to? Who is hardest? How could we be kind to people we don't know?

How can we be kind without money?

You may also want to consider taking part in 40 acts for lent, here's their latest recruitment video:


Father of kindness,

we welcome your generous help this lent, and ask that you would teach us new freedom.

Freedom to reject comparison

And to embrace uniqueness.

Freedom to cut ties with greed

And feast on love.

Freedom to abstain from over indulgence

And feast on self-control.

Freedom to leave behind selfish thoughts

And to focus on the needs of others.

Freedom to fend off insecurity

And to embrace grace.

Lord, at this time of Lent,

Thank you for the freedom you bring.