Sermon Speaker

Claire Alcock


Sermon for St John and St Stephen, Trinity 3B – 20th June 2021

  Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Stills a Storm 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into […]

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First Sunday in Lent. 21.02.21 by Rev. Claire Jesus’s Temptations

from Mark 1:9-15 How can temptation be Good News? SERMON starts with a video Clip: ‘Only the penitent man’, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade You may have recognised the clip, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indiana, aka Harrison Ford, has to pass three tests that others have failed, at the […]

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Sermon for Candlemas 31.01.21

Malachi 3:1-15 The Coming Messenger 3See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can […]


Sermon for Epiphany 1B: Baptism of Christ 10.01.21

Zoom Church St John and St Stephen’s, Reading Acts 19:1-7 19While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a […]


Advent 4B St John & St Stephen’s Reading. 20.12.20

Romans 16: 25 Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the […]


Advent 2B – Sunday 6th December 2020

  Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make […]

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Second Sunday before Advent, November 15th 2020

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 5Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, […]


Homily for All Souls   1st November 2020

    Isaiah 65:17-end The Glorious New Creation For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice for ever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its […]

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Sermon for St Luke the Evangelist, Trinity 19 – Sunday 18th October 2020

  2 Timothy 4:5-17 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. 6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have […]


Lessons for the Journey – Sunday 27th September, Trinity 16A

Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In the Lectionary we’ve been in Exodus for a few weeks now. This morning is no exception. The alternative was a short passage from Philippians, which is a message about being of one heart and mind, and in Matthew’s gospel we have an exchange between Jesus and his accusers […]