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Yet not my will, but Yours
In this reflection, part of our Praying Dangerously series, we lurk at one of THE most dangerous prayers of all; when we surrender everything to God and pray “yet not my will but yours be done.” Jesus dared to pray that prayer. Do we?

The prayer of Agur
Agur's prayer in Proverbs is one of deep humility: "keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches". He knows his weaknesses, and asks - as Jesus would teach many years later - not to be led into temptation. But this, too, is a dangerous prayer.

Praying to be sent
Our next dangerous prayer is Isaiah's, who encounters God in all his holiness and says "Here am I. Send me!" This is among the most dangerous prayers we can pray, as it can lead us in unexpected directions and often into total dependence on God's power and provision. (Isaiah 6:1-8)

The prayer of Jeremiah
Jeremiah asks God to act for the sake of his name. It takes great courage to ask not for our own comfort, but for God to display his holiness, glory and grace in our lives.

Harvest
In this Harvest service, we are exploring BMS World Mission's Operation Chad. For the first time, we were live streaming from church! (Genesis 1:26-31)

Praying to be filled
Paul prays for the church in Ephesus to encounter all of the love of Jesus, so they can be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. We explore how this is the kind of prayer that changes lives - and churches. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

The prayer of Jacob
Jacob said to God after wrestling with him, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." That was a wonderful yet dangerous prayer to pray, and his life would never be the same again. As David kicks off this new series, ask yourself: do I have the courage to pray dangerous prayers? (Genesis 32:22-32)

Di-vine fruit
It's a scattered extravaganza today! As David is inducted as our new Senior Minister, and we look ahead to a whole new season at Rugby Baptist, Steve Moody helps us reflect on Jesus' parable of the vine and the branches in John 15:1-17.

A committed heart
"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere." Perhaps particularly poignant words during this time of scattered services; this psalm is the prayer of a heart deeply committed to the things of God, aching for the Almighty's presence. (Psalm 84)

There is a season
There is a season for everything under the sun. What does that mean for the season we are in right now? Does it really mean that God wants disease and suffering? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)

Losing your foothold
"As for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold." How do we respond when life's storms toss us about, as they sometimes do for all of us? (Psalm 73)

The way of grace
The prophet Elisha has power over his enemies, but rather than exercising that power he chooses the way of grace. So God reveals his character in the prophet. It's also 75 years ago today that a nuclear bomb detonated over the city of Nagasaki in Japan; we spend some time thinking about war, weapons, and grace. (2 Kings 6:8-23)

The Fortress
Mell reflects on Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, ever-present help in trouble." We also meet David, our new Senior Minister. (Psalm 46)

The Downcast Soul
Life ebbs and flows, doesn't it, and we would be forgiven for experiencing a bit of an ebb right now. No better time to read Psalms 42 and 43: "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." In the ebbs of life as well as the good times, let's cultivate a thirst for the presence of God. (Psalm 42 and 43)

May the Force be with you
What might Star Wars have to teach us about life in the Spirit? A scattered service by the Rugby Girls' and Boys' Brigades. (John 20:26-29; Acts 2:1-12)

What is in the heart
"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." What might God have seen that made him reject king Saul and choose king David instead, that impulsive and deeply flawed character? And what does it mean for us? (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)

The Joy of Repentance
This Sunday we reflect on Psalm 32, that most poetic of psalms from King David. Like so many, David was tormented with regrets and guilt from his embrace with sin. He finally realised that his future peace and joy could only be found in repairing his relationship with God. This joy of reconciliation awaits each one of us. So let’s reflect and remind ourselves how we can secure this lasting joy in our lives. (Psalm 32)

Power
The church is engaged in a spiritual battle. It is time to take the armour of God away from Sunday school simplicity into a serious discussion of spiritual warfare in the power of God. (Ephesians 6:10-24)

Slavery and Freedom
Karl Barth, the 20th century's greatest theologian, once said that preachers should have the bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Two events are shaking our society today: the Covid-19 pandemic, and the outpouring against racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing four weeks ago. It is time to speak to the latter. To see injustice and remain silent is to be complicit. We are the church, called to speak God's grace and justice in a world crying out for both. (Ephesians 6:1-9)

A Shepherd in Every Season
Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are the sheep! As he reflects on Psalm 23, Milton urges us not to confuse a change of scenery or season with the end of the journey. The presence of the Good Shepherd makes all the difference. (Psalm 23)

Love
The family is a key building block of the church. Paul speaks in terms of mutual submission, an idea quite alien to our "do whatever feels right" society. Christians differ in their opinion what to make of the headship language, but whatever your reading, one thing is clear: Kingdom relationships are very different both from patriarchy and from contemporary norms. (Ephesians 5:21-33)

Pentecost
Stott comments, "in this section of scripture Paul moves on from models of Christian behaviour to motivation, adding powerful incentives to righteous living." But how can we live as Jesus did, holy and righteous? The Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:5-21)

Purity
The church is meant to be rooted in the truth, and walk and talk in purity. This is as important as is unity. Growth in truth and holiness is an essential part of the Christian life. But how does faith turn into obedience without descending into legalism? (Ephesians 4:17-5:4)

Maturity
A mature faith community is one in Christ, confident in the faith, and living out of God's equipping. What does that look like? Are we on the journey? (Ephesians 4:1-16)

A New Confidence
Paul prays for the church to be rooted in God's love by the power of the Holy Spirit. What is the source of his confidence and ours? What is our experience of that love and power? Watch, receive, and be blessed. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

A New Ministry
Paul's new ministry was to be used by the Lord to build his church. What is God's (new?) ministry for our church and each one of us as members at this time? (Ephesians 3:1-13)

A New Humanity
The gospel breaks down the alienation between human beings, as well as our alienation from God. The church is one in Christ. What does that mean at a time of coronavirus? Do we manage to live it out? (Ephesians 2:11-22)

A Life of Resurrection
We’re picking the ​'We Are The Church' theme back up. Paul takes us from deep pessimism about the human condition to great optimism about the grace of God. This is as counter-cultural and truthful today as it has ever been, and needed more than ever at such a time as this. (Ephesians 2:1-10)

Wonder at his Grace
It’s Easter Sunday. The tomb stands empty. Bending over, Peter saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. We spend some time in wonder at the empty tomb. (Luke 24:1-12)

An Hour at the Cross
Enter the quiet place on Good Friday with this reflective mix of readings, poems, reflections, and music.