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Gary Collins

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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 […]

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Zacchaeus and the Eucharistic Prayer

Luke 19.1-10 Zacchaeus, End of Creation Season, All Saints. + May I speak in the name….. The story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus offers such a vivid image; a many-layered drama that speaks to us through the ages. I wonder if you are like me and ponder on what this scene would have really looked like? […]

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

+ May I speak in the name … “Work in church” they said, “it will be fun” they said, “you can consider scriptures, and preach on them”, they said… As I’m sure we all know parables were Jesus main way of teaching his followers about the kingdom of God; short stories, little tales, which reveal […]

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Faith as a Wager

Genesis 18:20-32 Luke 11:1-13 + In the name … ( )   It may be worth offering—as I begin my ‘campaign’ of speaking within the church—that when I speak ‘in the name’ of the trinity, it is as the trinity is; a relationship, a self-giving openness which invites our participation. In other words I am […]

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The kingdom of God – Gary’s first sermon

Good morning everybody….! Good morning to my friends and my family who have come to support me on this astonishing day. And good morning to friends, yet to be –to this diverse and exciting congregation. I am truly looking forward to getting to know you over these months and years; to share stories, laughter and […]