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Gary Collins

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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 […]

Yoke-Presentation!

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 […]

Trinity-Slides

Trinity – “The One Who Cannot Suffer is a Loveless Being”

Trinity Sunday Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-end, Matthew 26.16-end May I speak in the name… of the mystical Trinity; Father Son and Holy Spirit; Creator, Liberator, Sustainer; the one, the three, the many; the immanent – the economic; the divine dance; the crucified God; the endless relationship, the dance of atoms; quarks, protons, electrons; plants, planets angels, […]

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The Power of a Name.

John 17:1-11   + may I speak in the name of the one whose name cannot be contained by words… Theodoret of Cyrus (Cyrrhus in Syria), The Ecclesiastical History  Book V, Chapter XXVI: Of Honorius the Emperor and Telemachus the monk.  “Honorius, who inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to the gladitorial combats […]

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Transfiguration – Go Figure

+ in the name… It’s been a weather-week. We’ve had Doris; she was a bit cross. It’s a bit flat and gloomy now. But earlier this week we had some of those days when the sun is shining and its warmth breaks through the crisp chill on our skin, we feel enlivened and encouraged. Slowly, […]

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Candlemass 101 – No/thing is Ordinary

1 Kings 17:8-16     John 2:1-11   There’s something so powerful about light isn’t there…? There is an Advent tradition in the Collins household of daily family reflections. We would light a candle for each child saying “the light of G-d coming into the world”, eating a little chocolate, and telling a story, or part […]

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The Trouble with Mary – Advent 3

Luke 1.39 + May I speak in the name … “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” As we journey through Advent, we acknowledge the various characters who point the way to the coming Messiah; The Prophets, John the Baptiser, and today we come to Mary; But who are […]