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Christine Bainbridge

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The doors were locked for fear…

John 20.19-31 ‘The doors were locked for fear of the Jews’.  ‘The doors were locked for fear…’ Our gospel narrative today comes from John the evangelist, one of our patron saints, and traditionally identified with the disciple described as the one whom Jesus loved.  Two resurrection appearances are described here, and only in John.  Firstly, […]

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Lament

Gen 15.1-12, 17-18, Luke 13.31-35 The sermon this week is in the series called 21st Century Anglicanism.  So, just a reminder that for Anglicans, when we consider issues, whether what happened in New Zealand yesterday, or climate change or Brexit or education we look through three different lenses – scripture, reason and tradition.  Other churches […]

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Light and Dark

Advent 3 –  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Luke 3.7-18 This Sunday we have lit a candle for John the Baptist.  Last Sunday when we were considering prophets in general we heard the first part of Luke’s description of John.  He was a prophet who preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  He was called to be in […]

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Upside Down Wisdom

Mark 9.30-37, Proverbs 31.10-end Our readings today continue the theme started last week about God’s wisdom, a wisdom, as Richard said last week, that turns conventional wisdom on its head.  It’s an upside downness that we saw Jesus trying to put across to his disciples on the road to Jerusalem where he would face execution, […]

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Prayer and the Story of Ignatius

Ascension. Acts 1.15-17, 21-26, John 17.6-19 In our church year we are in an in between time – between the Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (next Sunday).  Traditionally in the church this is marked as a time of waiting in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. There are many different kinds of prayer […]

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Joy in Enough

Introducing a project from Green Christian – A post-church talk by Christine Bainbridge I think most of you know that our church is a recognised Eco Congregation.  We are committed to doing things in relation to our church that make us more environmentally friendly (we use a green energy supplier, for example, and we promote […]

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Baptism Service

Baptism of Louie and Logan 2 July 2017 I sometimes watch a TV programme called ‘Who do you think you are?’ where well known people- I particularly remember Boris Johnson – discover more about their family history. There are usually surprises and shocks along the way! Today we have 2 little boys being baptised – […]

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Beyond the Rules

Sermon Deut.30.15-end, Matt 5.21-37 If, like my mother, you were divorced and then remarried you may have been shifting in your seat at Jesus words about committing adultery with your new partner. If you found yourself aroused by a sexy photo of a favourite actor or actress you may be feeling alarmed at Jesus violent […]