Toledot

Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:1-31 The portion Toledot means 'Generations', after the first words of the portion, "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son." Toledot includes the following stories: Birth of Esau and Jacob Esau sells his birthright Covenant with Isaac confirmed Sojourn in Gerar Dispute about wells Covenant … Continue reading Toledot

First Sunday of Advent

Psalms: Psalm 122 OT: Isaiah 2:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44 Epistles: Romans 13:11-14 The Psalm for today was 122, "I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord." I was unable to go to church this Sunday because, in addition to my own health issues, I am now … Continue reading First Sunday of Advent

Chayeh Sarah

Torah: Genesis 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 New Testament: Matthew 1:1-17, I Corinthians 15:50-57 Chaiyeh Sarah, 'the life of Sarah' includes the following stories: Death of Sarah Rebekah chosen for Isaac Laban and Bethuel Isaac meets Rebekah Abraham's Sons Death of Abraham Descendants of Ishmael Death of Ishmael Death of Sarah The portion begins saying … Continue reading Chayeh Sarah

Vayera

Torah:   Genesis 18:1-22:24 Haftarah:   2 Kings 4:1-37 New Testament:  Luke 1:26-38, 24:35-53, 2 Peter 2:4-11 I'm running late, as per usual! So apologies for that. I will try to  post regularly but I can't promise the topics will be on time. Vayera means 'and he appeared', and covers the following stories: Abraham's angelic visitors Abraham … Continue reading Vayera

Christ the King

The festival of 'Christ the King' was last week, the last Sunday of the liturgical year so, like Simchat Torah, the church year ends on a joyous note, looking forward to a time when the Kingdom will be fully realised, where there will finally be peace and justice, "And God shall wipe away all tears … Continue reading Christ the King

How Illness has Affected Me

I’m sharing this as Shepherdess for the King is my friend (and I didn’t know you had a ‘Shepherdess’ blog!) And also because ME is one of my diagnoses too, which has prevented me from pursuing my calling too. I have been told by two other pentecostal friends this week that I mustn’t say that I’m ill, because saying it makes me ill. I utterly reject such simplistic thinking. And no, it’s not because we lack faith that we’re being tried in the furnace of infirmity. Please, please have more compassion and kindness than to say such things to sick Christians. Blessings, Shepherdess x

Shepherdess for the King

I don’t often talk about the illnesses I live with but for today I am. Before I became ill, I was an active mum and minister. I enjoyed taking the boys out on walks in the woods, countryside, and fields. I loved watching them explore and we always brought home acorns, twigs, pine cones, etc. in little sandwich bags. I enjoyed working with children. I loved planning programmes and crafts and then spending time getting to know the children in our church. I taught Sunday School, Junior Soldiers, worked at summer camps, etc. I also enjoyed teaching/preaching. I am more a teacher than a preacher.

I was quite active with all these things until 2010 when my life changed. I had sinus surgery in March and then later that year I had swine flu. This was also the year I became a British citizen and went to Brengle Holiness Retreat…

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Lech Lecha

Readings Torah: Genesis 12:1 - 17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 New Testament: Romans 4:1-24, Galatians 4:21-5:1, Hebrews 7 Note: the New Testament references are suggested by the Hebrews for Christians website. the Complete Jewish Bible and individual Messianic congregations use various different selections - there is no agreed-upon set readings. Apologies for the lateness of this … Continue reading Lech Lecha