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Gary Collins

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Baptism, Weariness, and the Start of Something New

Isaiah 6,  Luke 5:1-11 May I speak… Well I’m relieved to see this week that some people did come to church today and not go off to the golf club, or somewhere else, instead! On Monday at Café Theologique we looked at football as metaphor for theology… Our table wondered about the faith of supporters. […]

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Christmas Day – The size of God

It’s Christmas Day.. yay!.. We’ve made it all the way.. all the way through endless dinner, parties, singalong a Christmas hits, tinsel and tat and now we arrive, like the shepherds and Mary and  Joseph, at this  humble stable in Bethlehem… and look upon this  great thing which  has occurred… But the great thing… makes […]

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Baptism and a New Way of Seeing

Baptism Sermon – Mark 9.38-end, Psalm 124 “Come to Church” they said “it will be fine.. it’s a baptism! they don’t talk about all the scary stuff any more.. it’s all luvvey-duvvey now. None of the gratuitous violence or random maiming… it’s all fine and fluffy”….. er… well . .. (whoops!) We are here on […]

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Un/clean – dreaming beyond the borders which kill.

Mark 7:1-8 Song of Songs 2:8-13   Sermon – 2 September 2018. 1st Sunday of Creation On 21 February 2012, five members of the group Pussy Riot staged a performance in the sanctuary of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their actions were stopped by church security officials. By evening, they had turned it into […]

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The Mystery and the Bread.

I recently watched the film ‘A Quiet Place’… a story about ‘post-apocalyptic’ survivors fending themselves from alien creatures who hunted by sound alone.. The family we focused on could not make any sound because of the mortal danger.. and so resorted to living in total silence. Inside the clever premise was a deeper story about […]

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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 […]