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Prayer Army trip to Christ Church Clifton. 90 of us went to pray Original Design Prayer for 60 young people. Brilliant evening. Thank you Jesus. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fresh art in the chapel! Thank you Malcolm Bourne for this gift, painted in 2014 when we had a visit from the Korean prayer team and Archbishop of Canterbury.
Four Rivers
11th September 2014

Acrylic on Board

By Malcolm Bourne

The rivers in Genesis 2, Ezekiel 47, John 7 and Revelation 22 form four images of spiritual rivers that have significance to Bristol. Bristol is a place of connection for all four rivers.

Each river has a slightly different form. Genesis was the first, the source of the river almost like a fountain celebrating Gods goodness. This passage also depicts the branching of four different rivers. Ezekiel was a still deep river with trees on the bank bearing fruits and leaves for healing the nations. John was the human river, a river of power like a wave. This is depicted in the painting as a hand and called the Korean wave in response to the South Korean prayer missionaries. Revelation is glorious water, a crystal sea forever spreading like the Genesis original design.

The depiction in these scriptures is that the source of every river is a temple. Genesis the garden temple, John the body temple, Ezekiel and Revelation a temple building. The centre of this painting also has a temple; Temple Meads is the central train station of Bristol with its Cathedral like building and water canals running under it (meads meaning meadow). It also has much symbolism being a centre for travel, people coming and going on a system of river like routes. What God creates in Bristol will travel to London and beyond.

The circle on the painting surrounding Bristol Temple Meads is a compass showing the North, South, East and West. As Jerusalem had the physical gates (as depicted in Ezekiel) the spiritual version in Bristol could be significant. Who are the spiritual gatekeeper’s of Bristol?

Wells, rivers, gates, temples, waves, provision, healing, trees and revival are all strong themes that God could be highlighting for Bristol in this season.
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Thank you Silas for fantastic teaching this weekend. We're struggling to find an analogy to go with this video...
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Bluebells & Bicycles: An Introduction

words by Alice Bond

The first of a six part series by Alice Bond.

Some people love the vulnerable offering of the snow drop, whilst others love the bright audacity of the daffodil as harbingers of Spring.

For me, my joy, my relief, my comfort and assurance that winter is passed and Spring is here is in the bluebell, or rather in bluebells; in the shimmering carpets of purples, blues, greens and dark browns that appear in woods all over England in the Spring.

For me the snow drops and daffodils speak of Spring coming, but bluebells speak of Spring already here. And whatever is going on around the world – wars, famines, secret broken heartedness, there is something so deeply comforting about their beautiful, gentle, humble, annual emerging.

Bluebells speak to me of God – of His faithfulness, His love, His beauty, His kindness, His generosity, His mystery and His presence. They remind me that there is always hope, because in Him, Spring has come to us.

Through bluebells I feel His invitation into joy, and connectedness, and wholeness. But I am aware that just as woods which facilitate bluebells need to be stewarded, so I am designed to steward my response to His invitation.

And this is where bicycles come in. One inspiring pastor once spoke of riding a bicycle as a helpful image for navigating the mystery of God’s grace and our response, between His sovereignty and our free will.

He described this tension not as train tracks which never meet, but rather as like riding a bicycle, where balance is found through endlessly connecting with the two alternatives. If we either solely simply ‘rely’ on God’s grace or on our own effort we will go round in circles and eventually fall off. But if we use both pedals in rhythm we will find ourselves enjoying the ride.

So one minute I put my foot on the pedal of resting in God’s grace, His goodness, His choice to be connected with me, His pursuit of me. The next minute I put my pedal on my response, my hunger for Him, my desire for connectedness, the re-orientation of my whole being and life in response to who He is and His vision for the world.

Bluebells and bicycles: the beautiful, dynamic, living, fruitful partnership between us and Him.

‘His divine power has given us everything we need for life… Therefore my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election’. Peter 65AD