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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 […]

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The life we live

Beggars can’t be choosers, and when a beggar finds food and water, he will tell his friends so that they also can go and eat and drink. It’s often said that evangelism is exactly that: one beggar telling another where to find food. So permit me to be a beggar this morning and share something […]

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Faith as a Wager

Genesis 18:20-32 Luke 11:1-13 + In the name … ( )   It may be worth offering—as I begin my ‘campaign’ of speaking within the church—that when I speak ‘in the name’ of the trinity, it is as the trinity is; a relationship, a self-giving openness which invites our participation. In other words I am […]

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The kingdom of God – Gary’s first sermon

Good morning everybody….! Good morning to my friends and my family who have come to support me on this astonishing day. And good morning to friends, yet to be –to this diverse and exciting congregation. I am truly looking forward to getting to know you over these months and years; to share stories, laughter and […]