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Sermon – Sunday 24th May, Easter 7

My sermon on Sunday was interrupted by a young macaw called Tango, stuck in our garden during lockdown (usually to be found in Chris Smith’s props box.  Thank you, Chris!) Hello.  The Lord be with you.  I want to talk about the ascension this morning.  (Tango arrives, scattering nesting material everywhere.  What follows is my […]

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May 17th 2020, Easter 6 ‘In him we live and move and have our being’

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Emmaus – Sermon April 26th – Easter 3

Sermon Luke 24.13-35 One night last week we had to call out an emergency plumber because we had a leak in our kitchen.  He arrived, a big man with no hair and a mask over his face and set to work, mumbling to us occasionally through the mask while his head was under our kitchen […]

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Perspective is everything

Easter Day 12 April 2020 (via Zoom) Acts 10:34-43 Gentiles Hear the Good News 34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, […]

Palm Sunday 2020: Contradictions, reversals and paradoxes Psalm118: 1-2, 19-29 and Matthew21:1-9   When Christine kindly asked me if I would offer a reflection for Palm Sunday, I said yes but only on the proviso that I could talk about poetry. She thankfully agreed to this – it may have been what she had in […]

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Mothering Sunday

Sermon for Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday), Mark Laynesmith Everything has changed. Who imagined a week ago that we would be here? Back then, as I planned to preach this Sunday I had begun to think about speaking of Julian of Norwich. Julian was a female English mystic – she lived in (surprise surprise) Norwich and […]

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MARCH 29th – Psalm 30: How long to sing this song?

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Living water

St John and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, March 15th 2020, Lent 3 Psalm 46, John 4:5-42 Living water   What a strange time. We can’t go anywhere, talk to anyone, turn on the TV, radio, internet or look at your smartphone without a blaring mention of coronavirus. Now let’s add to that the now visible […]

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The letter and the spirit

Second of Lent (Year A) St John and St Stephen’s 8 March 2020 Genesis 12:1-4a: The Call of Abram Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and […]

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Ash Wednesday sermon 26 February 2020

John 8.1-11, Isaiah 58.1-12 One evening when I was in Sweden, two of the art students from my college said hello to me in the street and said they were going to an art exhibition and would I like to go with them?  It was the launch of the exhibition so there was a jazz […]