St John’s and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, 13th September 2015, Creation 2 Isaiah 50:9-11, Mark 8:27-38 Who do you say I am? I cannot remember a time when a leadership election for a political party has generated such interest and, whatever we might think of the outcome, it has re-ignited an interest in politics for […]
St Johns and St Stephens Church, Reading, 12th July 2015, Trinity 11 Proverbs 9:1-6, John 6:51-58 ‘Heartfelt trust’ Many of you know that a couple of weeks ago a small group from St John’s, and some friends, spent a week at the community of Taizé in France. It was the 6th visit we have […]
Trinity Sunday – John 31-7 Morning Communion, Trinity, 31st May 2015 Who do you pray to? Do you pray to the Father, as Jesus did? Or do you pray directly to Jesus? Or sometimes one, sometimes the other? And do you pray to the Spirit? I suspect that, like me, you may not always be […]
It has always seemed to me that we all attend church there are two main impulses: to come to find and be told a way of living in this world, to receive answers from someone else how to tackle and live the big questions Or secondly to escape from the difficult questions of life […]
22nd March 2015 Rev Vincent Gardner At the time of this scripture Jesus was well on His way to the cross. His public ministry was coming to a close and a variety of things were unfolding. A crowd of people from many different places had gathered for the Passover Feast. The people in the […]
Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15 Beginnings In the year 445, St Patrick baptized King Aengus of Munster in Ireland. St Patrick had in his hand a sharp-pointed staff and by mistake, without noticing, he stabbed the King in his foot while he was conducting the baptism. The King made no mention of this, and […]
An Englishman, an Irishman, and a Scotsman walked into a bar, and the barman said, “Is this a joke”.
There are not many jokes in the Bible. You may think that was not one either – one to think about. But there is humour.
Today we are going to be following our reading about the wedding at Cana. It is, in many ways, a rather strange story. We know it well, but there are some odd things here
Genesis 1.1-5, Mark 1.4-11 Today is the Sunday when we remember Jesus’ baptism by John in the river Jordan. I want us to consider Jesus’ baptism, but also our own baptism. Baptism is a big topic. Both Jesus’ baptism and ours are rich in symbolic meaning. I can only touch on some aspects of baptism […]
Today we’re starting on a new journey that will take us all the way in our church life to next Advent in December 2015. This is the first of many readings from Mark’s gospel that we will be hearing over the coming year and we’ll use it today to look at our theme of Advent […]