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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 […]

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Zacchaeus and the Eucharistic Prayer

Luke 19.1-10 Zacchaeus, End of Creation Season, All Saints. + May I speak in the name….. The story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus offers such a vivid image; a many-layered drama that speaks to us through the ages. I wonder if you are like me and ponder on what this scene would have really looked like? […]

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Simplicity

Simplicity St John’s and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, 23rd October 2016, Creation 8 Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Luke 18:18-30 This morning’s reading, the rich young ruler who was invited by Jesus to ‘sell all that you have and distribute the money to the poor’ is one of those readings that doesn’t leave us feeling great. Most […]

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Gratitude

Sermon 9 October 2016 2 Kings 5.1-15, Luke17.11-19 In the summer I was sitting in the shade in front of the Oracle one day when a man came into sight wheeling his bike. He looked very hot and sweaty, and, leaning the bike against a tree, flopped down beside me. We got talking and I […]

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

+ May I speak in the name … “Work in church” they said, “it will be fun” they said, “you can consider scriptures, and preach on them”, they said… As I’m sure we all know parables were Jesus main way of teaching his followers about the kingdom of God; short stories, little tales, which reveal […]

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The Lost Sheep

Creation 2 – Luke 151-10: Lost Sheep Today’s gospel is two parables, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. It is part of a long run of Jesus’ teaching in Luke, 6 chapters (1322-1927) when Jesus was mainly in the south of the Israel, heading towards Jerusalem for the last time. Loosing sheep is not […]