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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

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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 […]

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Emmaus – Sermon April 26th – Easter 3

Sermon Luke 24.13-35 One night last week we had to call out an emergency plumber because we had a leak in our kitchen.  He arrived, a big man with no hair and a mask over his face and set to work, mumbling to us occasionally through the mask while his head was under our kitchen […]

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Living water

St John and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, March 15th 2020, Lent 3 Psalm 46, John 4:5-42 Living water   What a strange time. We can’t go anywhere, talk to anyone, turn on the TV, radio, internet or look at your smartphone without a blaring mention of coronavirus. Now let’s add to that the now visible […]

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The letter and the spirit

Second of Lent (Year A) St John and St Stephen’s 8 March 2020 Genesis 12:1-4a: The Call of Abram Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and […]

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Suffering and joy in perfect balance

Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration 17Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then […]

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Jesus calls fishermen

Sermon 26 January 2020                                                                       Isaiah 9.1-4, Matthew 4.12-23 This week the Davos summit has been in the news, as well of course, as the adventures of Harry and Meghan! I was picking up from the Davos summit that we’re at a kind of tipping point globally, mainly around climate change, but also about how we […]

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What do you seek?

Epiphany 2A: John 1:29-42 (& Isaiah 49:1-7) The Lamb of God 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was […]

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Baptism of Christ

St John & St Stephen’s Church, Reading, Epiphany 2, Sunday 12th January 2020 Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-end. The Baptism of Christ   Today, in the church’s year, we celebrate the baptism of Christ. It may be that it’s not specially on our radar…it’s not Easter and it’s not Christmas, it’s not even Epiphany which was […]

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About a tree…

St John and St Stephen, Advent 2A. Isaiah 11:1-10 7 Matthew 3:1-12. December 8, 2019.   Isaiah 11. A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. On this Second Sunday in Advent I wonder: What might God be saying to us through the image […]

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Two men went up to pray…

Eucharist, St John’s and St Stephen’s 27 October, end of Creation Season. Joel 2:23-end & Luke 18:9-14 The last Sunday in October is traditionally Reformation Sunday. So perhaps it’s fitting that we think today about a parable of Jesus addressed to ‘some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous’.   This little parable, which […]