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Festivals

Reflections on the big festivals of the year.

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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 – […]

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Remembrance Day / Armistice Day.

By quirk of calendar, this day, the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War comes to have two names: Remembrance Day (which is the name for the Sunday nearest the 11th), and Armistice Day, the day that marks the 11th itself. I’m intrigued by those two names, and the different emphases they […]

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Reimagining Harvest Festival

There is something of an irony about us town-dwellers continuing to observe harvest festival. I suspect only a very few of us will have harvested anything at all in the past year – or perhaps even in our lives: for many of us our harvesting might have been limited to picking a few blackberries during […]

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Baptism and a New Way of Seeing

Baptism Sermon – Mark 9.38-end, Psalm 124 “Come to Church” they said “it will be fine.. it’s a baptism! they don’t talk about all the scary stuff any more.. it’s all luvvey-duvvey now. None of the gratuitous violence or random maiming… it’s all fine and fluffy”….. er… well . .. (whoops!) We are here on […]