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Beyond the Rules

Sermon Deut.30.15-end, Matt 5.21-37 If, like my mother, you were divorced and then remarried you may have been shifting in your seat at Jesus words about committing adultery with your new partner. If you found yourself aroused by a sexy photo of a favourite actor or actress you may be feeling alarmed at Jesus violent […]

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Candlemass 101 – No/thing is Ordinary

1 Kings 17:8-16     John 2:1-11   There’s something so powerful about light isn’t there…? There is an Advent tradition in the Collins household of daily family reflections. We would light a candle for each child saying “the light of G-d coming into the world”, eating a little chocolate, and telling a story, or part […]

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Joy

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 Some of you will know that Rosemary and I like to walk and cycle. What you may also know is that I have a terrible sense of direction and that it’s quite common for us to get lost. My brother-in-law, also a Richard, pointed out to me that the most important […]

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The Gift of Light

The gift of light: Matthew 2:1-12 I wonder if you are using any of your Christmas gifts today? Anyone own up to wearing a Christmas or other item given at Christmas? This is one of my treasured gifts I was given at Christmas – Sue calls it my dog harness! It’s simply a useful way […]

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The Feast of the Circumcision and Naming of Christ

Numbers 6.22-end, Luke 2.15-21 The feast of the circumcision and naming of Christ   ‘it had been just as the angel had told them.’ These words are the focus of what I want to say this morning as we celebrate that day in the church year when we remember Mary and Joseph officially naming Jesus. […]

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Under The Mercy – Advent 4

Many years, ago, when I was a young boy, I got into some unfortunate company and one Saturday, we lifted a few items without paying for them from a shop. Inevitably, we got caught red-handed. The shop manager said he would call on our parents, and he sent us home. It’s perhaps possible to imagine […]

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The Trouble with Mary – Advent 3

Luke 1.39 + May I speak in the name … “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” As we journey through Advent, we acknowledge the various characters who point the way to the coming Messiah; The Prophets, John the Baptiser, and today we come to Mary; But who are […]

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The Start of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44 Imagine you’re waiting at a train station for someone arriving. You’re stood at the head of the platform looking down the concourse beside the recently arrived train with people streaming towards you. You crane your neck to peer above the on-coming crowd, scanning the faces to find the person you’re waiting […]