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The Beatitudes

Luke 6 v 17-26 Last week Gary opened his sermon by saying that in Café they were looking at football as a metaphor for theology with it being very much from the supporters’ point of view the going through the pain, the sense of shared experience, and the faint insistence of hope. Then the letting […]

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Baptism, Weariness, and the Start of Something New

Isaiah 6,  Luke 5:1-11 May I speak… Well I’m relieved to see this week that some people did come to church today and not go off to the golf club, or somewhere else, instead! On Monday at Café Theologique we looked at football as metaphor for theology… Our table wondered about the faith of supporters. […]

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A Nazareth Manifesto

Luke 4.14-21 Introduction If you could summarise in a few sentences the very essence of your being – about who you are and what is unique about you – what would you say? Don’t worry, there’s no way I’m going to ask you to write that down, but it would be a very hard thing […]

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Baptism of Christ

Isaiah 43.1-7                            Luke 3. 15-17, 21-22                The Baptism of Christ – what a wonderful gift it is that Timothy’s baptism falls on this Sunday. When I start thinking about a sermon, I go through the readings and try to notice if any words jump out at me. ‘I have called you by name, […]

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Epiphany – Who is Wise?

Epiphany 6/1/19 Good morning! Where were we… Hope you all enjoyed your New Year celebrations. And have a feast of New year’s resolutions? Did you know today women are scattered hither and thither across Ireland celebrating “Nollaig na mBan”? They will be passing off house work to the men and saying goodbye to the Christmas […]

Fragment of a Roman Christian fresco, 8th-9th century. Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington, DC. BZ.1938.59. Photo: Victoria Emily Jones. "Early Christian frescoed wall decorations--best known from the Roman catacombs--show more often scenes from the Testaments or saints than a representation of the deceased. The youth of this painting with hands crossed on his breast seems to have been surrounded by saints or members of his family--whether in the context of a tomb chapel, a catacomb, or a church in Rome has yet to be determined." Object record: http://museum.doaks.org/Obj35983?sid=6265&x=57114&port=2606. Tags: praying saint, pretzel, Roman wall painting

The young Jesus

Luke 2.41 – end ‘WITH HIS COUSINS’ A week ago, here after church, I spoke with Rob and Vicky Jones as Rob held in his arms their young, deliciously smiling, Timothy Francis, whom Vicky volunteered she could easily lose for an hour or two when they met up the next day with adoring relatives! I […]

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Christmas Day – The size of God

It’s Christmas Day.. yay!.. We’ve made it all the way.. all the way through endless dinner, parties, singalong a Christmas hits, tinsel and tat and now we arrive, like the shepherds and Mary and  Joseph, at this  humble stable in Bethlehem… and look upon this  great thing which  has occurred… But the great thing… makes […]

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The Feasts of John and Stephen

We were pleased to welcome +Andrew to join with our Patronal Celebration during the final days of Advent I realised – this week – that only once – in nearly 40 years of ministry – have I kept the feasts of St. Stephen, St John – and – the Holy Innocents – as feasts of […]

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Light and Dark

Advent 3 –  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Luke 3.7-18 This Sunday we have lit a candle for John the Baptist.  Last Sunday when we were considering prophets in general we heard the first part of Luke’s description of John.  He was a prophet who preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  He was called to be in […]

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Rough Justice

Feast of Christ the King Daniel 7. 9 – 14 | John 18. 33 – 37 I expect that Matthew Bridges, the young academic from Durham, tried a few days ago on charges of spying in the UAE, and there sentenced to life imprisonment, will soon be released and allowed home. Whatever the story – […]