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Walking on Water

Trinity 9, 9th August 2020 Jesus must have been extraordinary.  This week I was reading, not today’s passage, but one from Luke (7:36-50) about the woman who came to Jesus when he was eating at a pharisee’s house.  She wept at his feet, wiping them with her hair and putting precious ointment on them.  The book […]


Sermon Sunday 26 July 2020    

I want to consider Jesus’ parables in our gospel today, with a passing reference to that wonderful passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans. I’ve never found the idea of process very easy.  By that I mean that I struggle sometimes with the idea that things take time.  On the whole I’m more interested in […]


A Timely Parable – Sunday 19th July 2020

  Background Just when I thought this week that I could hear no more tales of misery and grief from poor, wretched, starving, bombed and disease-wracked Yemen – where cholera is rampant and Covid 19 claims the lives of a quarter of all those that contract it, I did.   Incredibly, this year already some […]

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The Parable of the Sower.

 This week’s gospel gives us perhaps the most famous parable of all time. I recall it being the first reading I ever had to preach on as a curate. My heart fell: what more could you possibly say that hadn’t been said before about the sower! Sometimes, though, perhaps all a preacher needs to do […]


Love Actually – June 21st, 2020, Trinity 2

Matthew 10:24-39 ‘Love, actually’  We are living through tumultuous and difficult times. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice protests gripping the world, poverty, the climate emergency, and just in the last 24 hours, here in Reading, 3 people killed while they enjoyed an afternoon sitting with friends in the sun. Suddenly Reading […]


Boasting in suffering?

Sermon for Zoom Church, June 14, 2020, St John and St Stephen, Reading. Rev. Claire Alcock Romans 5:1-8 5Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of […]