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Sermon 2 May 2021 Acts 8.26-40, John 15.1-8

Making connections We’ve been considering what constitutes good news in our preaching recently, mainly focussing on our readings from Acts.  I’ll continue that today, but with some reference to our gospel.  What I want to consider is how the good news generates connection.  Connection. Jesus says one of his ‘I am’ statements in our reading […]

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The resurrection that no one can stop

Acts 4: 5 The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, ‘By what power or by what name did you do this?’ 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, […]

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Sunday 18th April 2021

Resurrection: What might this word mean for us? [flowers] It is true that we experience something of resurrection in the annual cycle of new life that is Spring. Around us we feel nature waking up – the saplings in my garden are putting out soft buds from stems that when I planted them looked like […]

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Easter 3, 11th April 2021

John 20:19-31: Resurrection These things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.   Our gospel passage today starts on Easter Sunday, late in the evening of the first day of the Jewish week, […]

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Sermon Palm Sunday 2021

Mark 11.1-11 I couldn’t help but notice parallels between the events of Palm Sunday and our return to our church building this morning.  Just like those Jews entering Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, eager to celebrate their most important festival, the Passover, here we are at the start of Holy Week anticipating the celebration […]

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Sunday 21st March 2021

A year on – waiting and hope   I thought I would begin this morning by sharing an inspiring message from the Methuselah Tower of Prayer Baptist Church…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYP1mXqiwqc   That ‘sermon’ was actually from the American comedy series Saturday Night Live. I don’t think we have ever had as many problems as encountered there, […]

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February 28th 2021, 2nd Sunday in Lent

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16. Mark 8:31-end A new name for everyone   It’s the second Sunday in Lent. Not exactly Christmas day, is it? The ‘fun’ of Ash Wednesday is behind us, Palm Sunday is weeks away when the pace picks up again, and Easter – it’s like, years away. My Lenten resolve is just about […]