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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

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Repent – Lent 1

Lent 1 – Mark 19-15: Repent It was the festival of St Valentine Day on Wednesday, but also Ash Wednesday.  St. Valentinus appears to have had no special connection to romantic love, but Chaucer connected his saint’s day on 14th February with birds mating in Spring, and it all seems to have gone from there.  […]

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Deliver us from evil

Epiphany 4, Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28 This morning we read in the gospel of an encounter between Jesus and a man gripped by evil. How will that speak to us? The first chapter of Mark’s gospel throws us headlong into the beginning of the three years of Jesus’ ministry, three years that literally changed the […]

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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 […]

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The Finger That Beckons

Isaiah 61.10 – 62.3, Luke 2.15 – 2 Introduction – Christmas choices For reasons with which I will not bore you, Nancy and I invited ourselves at very short notice to Christmas lunch with my brother and his family in Wokingham. The welcome was warm, the company delightful and the spread, ample and delicious. There […]