FITZROY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

SUNDAY SERMON PODCAST #4 - HORIZONTAL FORGIVENESS

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This week's Sunday Sermon podcast is now available. It is a little bit of a shorter mix this week as we edited our service after a missional morning to Belfast City Half Marathon.

We continue on the them of forgiveness, a word that is so central to our faith. We all like the vertical forgiveness from God but we struggle and debate and hesitate about the horizontal forgivenes, personal and national. We surmise Jesus parable, paraphrasing it into a Drug Barron and his pusher. 

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SUNDAY SERMON PODCAST #3

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Sunday morning's Sermon Podcast is now available and ready.

On Sunday we were looking at divisions and restoration of relationships from Matthew 18: 15-20. The Sermon looks at how in a world driven by vengeance we as followers of Jesus should be driven by reconciliation. Sin pushes away but grace draws in. We then got personal. Who in Fitzroy do we like least and are they the resource that God has given to us to make us better disciples and live out the fruit of the spirit. 

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SUICIDE REFLECTION - SUNDAY SEPT 10th 2023

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Suicide is a devastating thing to hit families, friends and communities. We in Fitzroy know. 

Belfast has the highest number of suicides per 100,000 in the UK. 2022 saw 10.4 suicides per 100,000 in England and Wales. belfast was 17.9. 

Fr Martin Magill and I do many things together and sadly suicide is one that we have joint experience. `we had an experience in St. Peter's in Rome last year that had Martin, my wife Janice and I in tears as we prayed for those who have experienced the suicide of a loved one.

I guess what we are doing on Sunday night is an extension of that. It is a Reflective hour, featuring music from Fitzroy and St. Johns. I will lead a reflection on that moment in Rome and there will be reflective music space to respond to that.

Sunday 10th September 2023 at 7pm, St. John's Church, 444 Falls Road, Belfast


STOCKI SERMON PODCAST #2 - WHAT? AND WHERE?

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photo: George Spoule

 

The Fitzroy Sunday Sermon podcast is available for listening.

This week we cracked the art of living from Jesus words in Matthew 16:21-28 with the music of The Killers and Duke Special who I had seen in concert during my preparation. Jesus words are not one dimensional on saving our souls after we die, this is about human wholeness right here and now. There is a cost BUT the pearl is worth the price.

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FITZROY SUNDAY SERMON PODCAST - #1

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We have decided to begin the new Church year with a new Fitzroy Sermon Podcast. Many of you have been asking for something to listen to, in a shower time than having to watch the streamed service.

We start with my first Sunday back after the holidays during which I look at that phrase that I have preached on for 40 years, Jesus question, "Who do you say that I am?". We look at the robustness of Jesus as opposed to the fragility of the Church and Cultural Christianity. We also look at where Jesus spoke these words and how that was in the face of Empire. With the second lectionary reading being Isaiah 51 we look at how imagination permeates out from who Jesus is to how we imagine the Kingdom Of God on earth as it is in heaven.

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CONCERTS COMING UP IN FITZROY

Judie Tzuke

 

JUDIE TZUKE

Saturday September 16th 2023. 

Doors 7pm. Show 7.pm

 

Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luminare-presents-judie-tzuke-belfast-tickets-641581877667

 

THE 4 OF US

Friday October 27th 2023

Doors 7pm. Show 7.30pm

Tickets - SOLD OUT!!!

 

ALTAN

Saturday December 9th 2023

Doors 7pm. Show 7.30pm

 

Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/altan-belfast-tickets-577145998217

 

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI

Saturday March 2nd 2024

Doors 7pm. Show7.30pm

 

Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luminare-presents-kiki-dee-carmelo-luggeri-belfast-tickets-643613935607


KILLING THE DEVIL IN RWANDA - FITZROY, JUNE 18, 2023

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TONY MACAULEY & CHRISTOPHE MBONYINGABO

KILLING THE DEVIL IN RWANDA

FITZROY (Welcome Area)

JUNE 18th 2023 @7pm 

 

We are delighted to welcome back novelist Tony Macauley whose latest publication Kill The Devil, written with Juvens Nsabimana, is causing a stir and activist Christophe Mbonyingabo who is CEO of CARSA working with reconciliation across Rwanda.

I will chat to Tony about his, and Juvens, gripping love story set in Rwanda and then Tony will chat to Christophe about his current work in peace building. 

Be expected to be inspired towards reconciliation in our place when you hear the power of forgiveness in post genocide Rwanda. 

ALL WELCOME


WATCH DAVID DARK IN FITZROY - HERE

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Here is fantastic evening in Fitzroy where we get to hear the wild and poetic and deeply spiritual ideas of David Dark. David is an author, teacher and social commentator from Nashville. 

Eugene Peterson has said of him, “David Dark is my favorite critic of the people’s culture of America and the Christian faith. He brings a deep sense of reverence to every book he reads, every song he hears, every movie he sees, but it is a discerning reverence—attentive to truth and Jesus wherever he comes on them. He is also a reliable lie detector.”

After an interview with myself, David throws out some amazing thoughts from his new book coming out this autumn - We Become What We Normalise. Then there is a Q & A. It is good.

watch David Dark in Fitzroy HERE


LUKA BLOOM, THE 4 OF US & ALTAN IN FITZROY

 

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LUKA BLOOM

Thu, 18 May 2023 19:30 - 21:30

Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

77 University St, Belfast BT7 1HL

Doors - 19:00 // Price - £20.00 +bf

tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luminare-presents-luka-bloom-tickets-557089147637

Luka has just released a 3 Cd set of his finest work with not much more than a guitar accompanying his voice. Songs born in Newbridge, New York and more recently the west of Ireland full of nature, life, love and the spiritual. Quite the deal live!

 

 

4 0f Us

THE 4 OF US

Friday 27th October 2023

Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

77 University St, Belfast BT7 1HL

7.30pm ( Doors - 7pm)

Price - £25.00 +bf

Special Guests: TBA

tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-capital-presents-the-4-of-us-tickets-570475506597

In the early 90 with songs like Drag My Bad Name Down, Temptation and Mary The 4 of Us came outta Newry to be the first band in a decade to be Hot Press Band of the Year other than U2. Those old hits will mingle with songs from their brilliant album Sugar Island to fill a stunning set list.

 

Altan

ALTAN

Sat 9th Dec 2023

Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

77 University St, Belfast BT7 1HL

7.30pm (Doors - 7pm)

Tickets - £28.50 +bf

Special Guest TBA

tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/altan-tickets-577145998217

When the Boston Globe calls Altan "the hottest group in the Celtic Realm" they kid you not. This is Irish trad at its very best in 2023. 


TOMORROW IN FITZROY - 23.4.23

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Tomorrow in Fitzroy we have my best man David Dark in the house.

David teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women, Charles Bass Correctional Facility, and Belmont University where he is assistant professor in the College of Theology.

David is an original thinker. How faith relates to art and politics and the everyday world bring his imagination alive. He has written many books including Life's Too Short To Pretend You're Not Religious and The Sacredness of Questioning Everything. He is also a regular contributor to the debates going on in American culture politics and faith. He has contributed to The Nashville Scene, The Washington Post and MTV News as well as Books and Culture and and Oxford American.

In the morning at 11am I will get a chance to chat to David about some of this stuff. At night at 7pm he will be speaking for himself.

Also in the morning we will be delving into the road of Emmaus and asking questions of the men who met Jesus and of ourselves.