Dear all, I will be away on annual leave from 1-15 August. I will switch off from everything in order to have a proper rest. In case of any emergency please contact Mark. I have made sure that the daily prayers and Sunday service will continue as usual. I am very grateful to all those who...
Author: Mark Okor
On June 23rd 2020, the government announced the reopening of churches to begin from July 4th 2020. Whilst our church has already reopened for individual private prayers in the Chapel only, a plan is already in place to reopen the church for the Ecumenical Service, from September 6th 2020. The reopening date for the Catholic Service...
Advent is an invitation to make a pause in our busy lives. A great opportunity to examine our lives.
This year our theme for Advent is: Light in dark times.
Light and darkness are very well-known Christian metaphors that represent constant struggle between the forces of good and evil. We can find the use of this metaphor also in other religions, literature, music, drama, art and film among others ( to read more click on title)
Conversation about Music. – The Question
Cornerstone is a church in Central Milton Keynes with a vision to live the Gospel; to be a place and a people where God’s love and justice is known and made known.
We come from many cultures; many church traditions and none. We span different ages and lifestyles.
Our mission is to recognise and release the God given potential in individuals and communities.
In all our conversations about our mission, worship has been seen as a priority.
So the question is:
Bearing in mind all that we know about the development of music in worship though the Bible and the history of the church:
How does our use of music, of all kinds, in worship, reflect and support our mission?
Can we imagine ways in which we could develop this further? ( to see more click on the title)
The report ‘Talking Jesus’ commissioned by various Christian organisations is not good read for all those engage in traditional evangelism [mission]. Yes, we need to be aware that surveys of this kind have so many variants and can be read and interpreted in many different ways. However to read that 40% of the people that took part in this survey think that Jesus is not an historical figure and 30% are put off when people talk to them about Jesus is concerning. It raises all kind of questions to our missional work. (to read more click on title)
We all have our own stories to tell – the things that we remember, that have been good positive memories or painful difficult ones. Sometimes things turn out well, despite the difficulties, and sometimes they don’t. In times of war, people so often find themselves running- sometimes to safety, sometimes to even greater danger and they may find that people help them or they may not. But it’s not just the big international situations of conflict that may be part of our story. We may have been bullied: at school, at work, at home. We may have neighbours we can’t cope with. We may have conflicts at home, in our churches, our neighbourhoods. And in all this Matthew’s gospel has Jesus telling us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. How do we begin to do that? Is it even reasonable to expect us to? ( to read more click on the title)
If there is to be a ‘new heaven and a new earth’ why worry about a living wage?
Why worry that people don’t really have enough to live on?
Isn’t the government sorting this out anyway? (To read more click on title)
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Mark 10:17-21
Sometimes when we think we have everything, God challenges us to realise that we’ve maybe got it wrong. Amos, who never really wanted to be a prophet, had to tell the people that it was justice and the way they ran their economic affairs that really mattered, rather than their worship and words about God. The young man in the gospel story had to learn the same lesson. He’d kept all the commandments- what more did he need to do? The answer was deceptively simple: put God first, not what you think will give you security.
So what is the lesson we need to learn when we look at how to manage our affairs, as individuals, as a church, as a community?