The Word on the Week
May 2, 2020

Normal People

Normal People                         Word on the Week                          2nd May 2020. Our Vox Pop guru, Joe Duffy, in his Friday chat show teased out the TV production ‘Normal People’.   His purpose was to see what impact it had on his audience of ordinary people.    The show had been given some salacious publicity all week by RTE […]

April 25, 2020

Liberty in Lockdown

Liberty in Lockdown                        Word on the Week              25th April 2020. Lockdown is a testing time for relationships!   To be confined to a single space with your loved ones over a period of five weeks endows one with the ability to clearly see their flaws!   It does not help that the date which the lockdown will […]

April 18, 2020

From Fear to Faith

From Fear to Faith                      Word on the Week                   18th April 2020. There was some activity amongst the grandchildren this week as Ben put the finishing touches to his bird hide.   It had been a family affair and the finished shed looked like it would be difficult to move!   However, Grandfather’s doubts were dispelled […]

April 11, 2020

COVID-19’s Random Fatalities

COVID-19’s Random Fatalities       Word on the Week                          11th April 2020 The church suffered some disruption many years ago.   Sadly, few churches are without the evidence that saved sinners are still sinners in their human nature (Romans Chapter 7 verses 24/25). The most evident thing when the disruption died down was our ability at discerning […]

April 4, 2020


Spring                                    Word on the Week                               4th April 2020. We are blessed with four seasons each with its own beauty.    The freshness of spring flows into the glories of summer and then comes the wonder of the autumn tints to be followed by winters’ sombre hues. Animals and plants work with the seasons.   Their body […]

March 28, 2020


Pestilence                              Word on the Week                          28th March 2020. We, in Ireland, have been instructed to remain indoors for the next two weeks to avoid involuntarily spreading the virus.   There are few exceptions.   This latest requirement is intended to stop it spreading through communities and restrict it to homes where it can be more easily controlled. […]

March 21, 2020

What is the Lord doing?

What is the Lord doing?       Word on the Week                       21st March 2020. When I returned to the Office some 60 years ago, having picked up a fine for speeding, the question I was asked was, “Where was God when I needed Him?”  It wasn’t asked in a concerned way but rather in the triumphant tones […]

March 20, 2020

Dear Friends at Grace

Wednesday 18th March 2020 Give thanks to him and praise his name, for the Lord is good and his love endures for ever (Ps. 100 vv 4b-5a) What a great comfort and encouragement these words are, as we face strange and uncertain days. This afternoon the Elders at Grace met via WhatsApp to make some […]

March 14, 2020

No St Patrick!

No St Patrick!                        Word on the Week                        14th March 2020. No St Patrick?   Just when we needed him.   If he got rid of the snakes in Ireland perhaps he could do a similar job on the Coronavirus when he shows up next week.   Except the 17th March, his day, has been cancelled – […]

March 7, 2020


Image-bearer                        Word on the Week                          7th March 2020. Some of us were at a conference this week when the speaker reminded us of the unbeliever’s slogan “God is Dead”.    He traced this rebellion to its conclusion where those made in God’s image are also dead.    This deadness extinguished the spiritual in man and presented […]

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