December 7th, 2006


Thursday morning, still dark

It's Thursday morning, and as I look out of our living room, I see it's still dark. The first light of the day is just starting to appear. It's cold, but not as cold as I would expect at this time of year: it's one of the mildest Decembers I remember.
It's been an interesting couple of days: I keep on telling people that I have been offered a job, and most of the emails that have been from people I know, rather than mailing lists or spammers, have tended to contain the word "congratulations", with a "T".
It's much simpler not trying to spot job vacancies that might be worth pursuing, and the email emphasis has now changed to figuring out to get off the job board mailing lists.
Yesterday was mostly spent writing a sermon on the first chapter of Colossians that I will be delivering on Sunday evening. It's taken a long time to write, and isn't yet quite complete.
Yesterday morning was our monthly prayer breakfast, which had a disappointingly small attendance, but an inspiring talk about 1 John 4 and an awful lot of bacon sandwiches. In the evening, the church's monthly prayer meeting, by contrast, had more people than usual and no bacon sandwiches at all.
Now we're up to Thursday morning, with Christopher already set off into what he described as a hurricane, while the rest of us prepare for the new day ahead of us. This will include sermon writing and dish washing, not necessarily in that order.
In the unlikely event that anyone wants to hear a sermon based on Colossians chapter 1 this Sunday, it's
Place: St Andrew's Church, Bebington, CH63 3EX
Time: 6:30pm, Sunday 10th December, 2006
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LOST game

LOST is a student project. The aim of LOST is to show how 7 million people connect to one another, and break the record for the game with the most players ever!

LOST enables you to interact with people across the world, and see how you are linked to them.

Joining the game
To play LOST you have to find an invitation. An invitation is an internet address that looks like this:, but instead of the word 'example' there are some random numbers or letters. There are invitations on the internet, and in the real world. They could be anywhere - on web pages, inside book covers, written in chalk on a pavement or across a beach in the sand.

Playing the game
Once you join the game, you will be given a username and password, so that you can log in to your profile. Your profile will show a timer, counting down to zero. If the timer reaches zero, you will lose the game. You can reset your timer by inviting someone to the game yourself.

Winning the game
For every person you invite to the game, you gain one point. For every person they invite, you gain ½ point. The person with the most number of points wins the prize when the game ends. Prizes will also be given to the nine runners up. This will happen when the game reaches 7 million players.

The prize
The top prize is £500, but the game should be played for fun! The prizes for the top ten aren't decided yet.

Your Invite is HERE. Game on!
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