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Repent – Lent 1

Lent 1 – Mark 19-15: Repent It was the festival of St Valentine Day on Wednesday, but also Ash Wednesday.  St. Valentinus appears to have had no special connection to romantic love, but Chaucer connected his saint’s day on 14th February with birds mating in Spring, and it all seems to have gone from there.  […]

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Deliver us from evil

Epiphany 4, Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28 This morning we read in the gospel of an encounter between Jesus and a man gripped by evil. How will that speak to us? The first chapter of Mark’s gospel throws us headlong into the beginning of the three years of Jesus’ ministry, three years that literally changed the […]

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Epiphany & the Speed of Love

This was an improvised sermon for a Family Communion, but the points which covered can be seen here; We took the children to follow the footsteps of the Magi and to go on a long journey to find Jesus, (Ben made an amazing star carrier and led us right to the stable!) We also recognized […]

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The Finger That Beckons

Isaiah 61.10 – 62.3, Luke 2.15 – 2 Introduction – Christmas choices For reasons with which I will not bore you, Nancy and I invited ourselves at very short notice to Christmas lunch with my brother and his family in Wokingham. The welcome was warm, the company delightful and the spread, ample and delicious. There […]

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Advent 3 – Mary and the mothers of God

Iona abbey Tuesday was bright and beautiful, if a little bracing for the walk, round Littlewick green with Finn, our border terriorist. It was a fitting day for a walk, for the 2 years we spent on Iona every Tuesday was pilgrimage day, and Pete and I often took sometimes as many as 90 guests […]

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Advent 2 – The dark night of John the Baptist

Advent 2 – Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist John the Baptist bursts blazing onto the scene as recorded in the first few verses of the gospel of Mark. ‘A shout goes up in the desert: Make way for the Lord! Clear a straight path for him!’ (v3). He’s like an old-time fire-and-brimstone revivalist, […]

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Christ The King

Ezekiel 34. 11-16,  20-34 ,  Matthew 25. 31-end Do you recognise who this is?  Apparently this little figure has been selling like hot cakes in Germany. It was 500 years ago this year that Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and university professor posted a paper to the church door in Wittenberg.  He listed some questions […]

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The hated church

Micah 3:5-12, Matthew 24:1-14 Due to a mix-up too dull to go into, I got hold of last week’s lectionary readings for today. By the time I noticed, it was too late so the gospel reading from last week – that for Remembrance Sunday – is the one I worked with. With its prophecy of […]

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Remembrance and Rehearsing a Different Story

Sermon – Remembrance Day 2017 : +May I speak …. The tension rose, the ringleader-guy’s face right in my friend’s face.. “right, lets have it, right now, right here, you and me” how did we get here – let’s go back! Many (many) years ago I helped lead a church youth group with the youth […]