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RingTheBells

Ring The Bells

Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Ring the bells It’s good to be home. Rosemary and I got back yesterday after nearly 6 weeks covering the leave of absence of 2 Korean doctors at LAMB Hospital, Bangladesh, where we used to work some 30 years ago. Times have moved on, as they do. The project has […]

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 […]

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The meaning of the magic hands

Guest Speaker: The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral Gen 21.8-21, Matthew 10.24 – 39 Gary’s First Communion I’m delighted to be here today, to be part of this awesome occasion – awesome for Gary, for all of us, for God who comes amongst us and becomes present in our midst in a […]

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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4 reports: Telling Stories about Jesus on Palm Sunday.

 Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by palm-waving crowds. Jesus probably intended it to be a symbolic act, a piece of performance drama. But what kind of statement was he making? And how does it fit with the rest of his ministry? Interestingly, not even Biblical Commentators […]

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It was late…

Easter 2 – John 20:19-29 It was late that Sunday evening. Two days after Good Friday. If the Friday of the crucifixion was Day 1, Day 2 was Saturday, and this was “on the third day” as we have just said in the creed. Jesus appears to the disciples. Today is the second Sunday in […]