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Gary Collins

Malcolm Harland, 2018

Easter Sunday – The Tale of Three Unfinished Tales

A Talk for Family Communion, Mark 16.   “The Garden looks so beautiful this morning…” We join this morning with the woman making their way towards the tomb of Jesus…. Their hearts, we presume, are heavy.. The women are strong.. they have seen a lot of life – and death. They are not afraid of […]

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Palm Sunday and an unseen turn of events.

Psalm 118 | Mark 11:1-11 Palm Sunday. Anticipation So here we are .. Palm Sunday.. the beginning of Holy Week This is the most vivid week of the church year. It’s why the liturgical colours go from Lent’s purple to red! In this vivid week the human story is written on a cosmic canvas. In […]

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Epiphany & the Speed of Love

This was an improvised sermon for a Family Communion, but the points which covered can be seen here; We took the children to follow the footsteps of the Magi and to go on a long journey to find Jesus, (Ben made an amazing star carrier and led us right to the stable!) We also recognized […]

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Remembrance and Rehearsing a Different Story

Sermon – Remembrance Day 2017 : +May I speak …. The tension rose, the ringleader-guy’s face right in my friend’s face.. “right, lets have it, right now, right here, you and me” how did we get here – let’s go back! Many (many) years ago I helped lead a church youth group with the youth […]

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The Greatest Commandment

+ May I speak in the name… 500 Years ago a young monk in the German town of Wittenberg left his lodgings. It was a cool, calm but crispy evening, and there was a chill in the air. He walked through the market square up to the imposing doors of the large dominating church and […]

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Is there anybody there? Bad tenants and a more humble church

Matthew 21:33-46 ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? My sister-in-law  recently decided she was going to buy a boat… ‘Ah how exciting, a boat!’ we said… ‘Well not like that, she said, something for a canal, she said Ah […]

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DaZzled!

Exodus 3:1-17. Matthew 16:21-end. The bible is odd isn’t it… sometimes when we look upon the words we might ask how they got there. How many times were the stories told before committed to writing, how many generations were they passed through? The story of Moses and the burning bush is one such occasion. We […]

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The yoke is sunny side up.

Gospel Sermon. Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 I wonder how you like your yolk – Sunny side up? Flipped? Anyone for the oil splashed across? But hold on, are speaking about a Yolk, or a Yoke?! (no yoke jokes please) A Yoke is a burdensome tool. A way to carry heavy loads or to pull working animals […]