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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 […]

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One Born Every Minute

Lent 2 – John 31-17   Today’s gospel reading is one of the best known passages in the Bible, which presents a challenge for talking about it. But it is well know because it has so much in it, and is so significant. This is early on in John’s gospel. We have had Jesus’ baptism, […]

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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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Beyond the Rules

Sermon Deut.30.15-end, Matt 5.21-37 If, like my mother, you were divorced and then remarried you may have been shifting in your seat at Jesus words about committing adultery with your new partner. If you found yourself aroused by a sexy photo of a favourite actor or actress you may be feeling alarmed at Jesus violent […]

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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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Joy

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 Some of you will know that Rosemary and I like to walk and cycle. What you may also know is that I have a terrible sense of direction and that it’s quite common for us to get lost. My brother-in-law, also a Richard, pointed out to me that the most important […]