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Inclusion and Exclusion

Trinity 10A for St John and St Stephen Zoom Church. August 16, 2020. Romans 11:1-6; 11-20; 29-32 and Matthew 15:20-28 INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION. To what extent do you feel included in the story of Salvation? We start with a story about exclusion – about someone who was sadly given the message that she wasn’t included […]

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Walking on Water

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A masterclass in prayer – Jacob wrestles at Peniel

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Sermon Sunday 26 July 2020 

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A Timely Parable – Sunday 19th July 2020

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Homily from Sunday 12th July

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The Parable of the Sower

This week’s gospel gives us perhaps the most famous parable of all time. I recall it being the first reading I ever had to preach on as a curate. My heart fell: what more could you possibly say that hadn’t been said before about the sower! Sometimes, though, perhaps all a preacher needs to do […]

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Welcoming – Matthew 10:40-42: Trinity 3, 28th June 2020

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Love Actually – June 21st, 2020, Trinity 2

Matthew 10:24-39 ‘Love, actually’  We are living through tumultuous and difficult times. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice protests gripping the world, poverty, the climate emergency, and just in the last 24 hours, here in Reading, 3 people killed while they enjoyed an afternoon sitting with friends in the sun. Suddenly Reading […]

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Can you really boast about suffering?

Sermon for Zoom Church, June 14, 2020, St John and St Stephen, Reading. Romans 5:1-8   5Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not […]