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Sermon Series

Festivals

Reflections on the big festivals of the year.

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The meaning of the magic hands

Guest Speaker: The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral Gen 21.8-21, Matthew 10.24 – 39 Gary’s First Communion I’m delighted to be here today, to be part of this awesome occasion – awesome for Gary, for all of us, for God who comes amongst us and becomes present in our midst in a […]

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4 reports: Telling Stories about Jesus on Palm Sunday.

 Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by palm-waving crowds. Jesus probably intended it to be a symbolic act, a piece of performance drama. But what kind of statement was he making? And how does it fit with the rest of his ministry? Interestingly, not even Biblical Commentators […]

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The Feast of the Circumcision and Naming of Christ

Numbers 6.22-end, Luke 2.15-21 The feast of the circumcision and naming of Christ   ‘it had been just as the angel had told them.’ These words are the focus of what I want to say this morning as we celebrate that day in the church year when we remember Mary and Joseph officially naming Jesus. […]

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The Start of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44 Imagine you’re waiting at a train station for someone arriving. You’re stood at the head of the platform looking down the concourse beside the recently arrived train with people streaming towards you. You crane your neck to peer above the on-coming crowd, scanning the faces to find the person you’re waiting […]

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Sermon given on Easter Day

Sermon Easter Day 27 March 2016 Luke 24.1-12 Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a play that looks like one of his tragedies until almost the end when there is a startling turn of events. King Leontes is struck by irrational jealousy when he sees his wife Hermione talking with his best friend Polixenes. His jealousy is […]

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Palm Sunday

Sermon Palm Sunday 2016. Luke 23.1-49 (Following a dramatized reading of the passage) I sometimes get about by cycling. When I’m on my bike I’m much more conscious of hills. When faced with a particularly steep one I used to get off and walk – it just felt easier. When, though, I had to climb […]

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The feasts of John & Stephen

Sermon 27 Dec Feast of John and Stephen Ex 33.7-11a, Acts 7.51-end, John 21.19b-25 Would have been my favourite aunt’s birthday today. Would buy us Smarties and let us use the red ones as lipstick. Sat me on the kitchen table while cooking, giving me bits of raw pastry to play with and letting me […]