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Festivals

Reflections on the big festivals of the year.

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Pentecost

Today is Pentecost Sunday.  It falls on the same day as Jewish festival of Shavuot celebrating both the wheat harvest and giving of the law on Mount Sinai.  The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek for the 50th day, because Shavuot was 7 weeks and a day after Passover Sabbath (Lev 23vv15-16).  The festival was […]

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Ascension

Acts 1.1-11, Luke 24.44-end On Sunday Gary spoke about prayer being like a pause, that moment when everything is suddenly still, as if holding its breath.  I want to suggest that the ascension is this sort of pause – a kind of still point between the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit at […]

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Easter Sermon: The Imagination of the Risen Lamb

Our theme over the Lent has been that of ‘mediocrity’: the temptation from within to give up to bland uniformity or the pressure from without from political and religious powers to reduce the individual to the inconsequential or, as we’ve seen this morning so awfully on the news, to erase the individual entirely. Over-against these […]

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Palm Sunday

Luke 1928-40 My wife’s Auntie Frances was very sentimental about donkeys.  Auntie Frances was one of the most selfless and kind-hearted people I have met, and she was very moved by the mistreatment of donkeys in many places, and wanted to help them.  She supported donkey sanctuaries, was quite likely to send you birthday cards […]

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The Cost of Love – Mothering Sunday

Exodus 2:1-10, John 19.25b-27 May I speak in fear and trembling… It’s hard to know the right thing to say on Mothering Sunday.. knowing full well the complexities of such an unusual day… (even more so as a man speaking!). We know and recognise that the word Mother evokes so many mixed feelings.. feelings of […]

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Baptism, Weariness, and the Start of Something New

Isaiah 6,  Luke 5:1-11 May I speak… Well I’m relieved to see this week that some people did come to church today and not go off to the golf club, or somewhere else, instead! On Monday at Café Theologique we looked at football as metaphor for theology… Our table wondered about the faith of supporters. […]

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Christmas Day – The size of God

It’s Christmas Day.. yay!.. We’ve made it all the way.. all the way through endless dinner, parties, singalong a Christmas hits, tinsel and tat and now we arrive, like the shepherds and Mary and  Joseph, at this  humble stable in Bethlehem… and look upon this  great thing which  has occurred… But the great thing… makes […]

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The Feasts of John and Stephen

We were pleased to welcome +Andrew to join with our Patronal Celebration during the final days of Advent I realised – this week – that only once – in nearly 40 years of ministry – have I kept the feasts of St. Stephen, St John – and – the Holy Innocents – as feasts of […]

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Rough Justice

Feast of Christ the King Daniel 7. 9 – 14 | John 18. 33 – 37 I expect that Matthew Bridges, the young academic from Durham, tried a few days ago on charges of spying in the UAE, and there sentenced to life imprisonment, will soon be released and allowed home. Whatever the story – […]