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Silence

‘Silence! Shut up!’

2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-end Almost exactly 3 years ago, I preached here on this passage. These verses, and the picture ‘Be calm’ by Sieger Köder spoke very much to me at a particular time of uncertainty in my life, when it felt like the waves would overcome both Rosemary and me. The story and […]

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Prayer and the Story of Ignatius

Ascension. Acts 1.15-17, 21-26, John 17.6-19 In our church year we are in an in between time – between the Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (next Sunday).  Traditionally in the church this is marked as a time of waiting in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. There are many different kinds of prayer […]

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The True Vine

 John 15.1-8   Introduction – On the 4th of March 2016 four gunmen entered a home for the elderly, abandoned and fragile run by the Missionary Sisters of Charity (Mother Teresa Sisters) located in a poor suburb of Yemen’s port city, Aden. They killed twelve people, included a local, young lady doctor, a Muslim, who […]

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How is your Theology, Ali ?

I was 18, a medical student at a party in London, glass of wine in hand, and the student pastor Greg sidled up to me and asked, “ How is your theology Ali?” I was studying medicine, not theology and I suspect what he really wanted to know was how was my relationship with God, […]

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The Shape of Everything

Acts 3:13-19, Luke 24:36-48 If you have seen the film, ‘The Shape of Water’, you may have wondered about the title. The movie takes its name from Plato’s idea that in its purest form, water takes the shape of an icosahedron, a 20-sided polyhedron, evoking the idea that beauty has many faces. It’s a lovely, […]

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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.

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Myth and Motherhood