Monthly Archives: April 2011

Easter Day – St Mary Magdalene – Evensong

Reading: John 20: 11-18 ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it that you are looking for?’ I am sure I am not alone in finding it a daunting prospect to preach on this, the most holy and yet most mysterious … Continue reading

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Easter Day – St Mary Magdalene – Eucharist

Reading: Acts 10.34-43, Matthew 28.1-10 While the younger worshippers are getting into the Easter egg hunt, let’s for a moment meditate on the object of their search. What is the most important thing about an Easter egg? It’s what’s inside, which should … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – St Mary Magdalene – Evensong

Reading: Isaiah 5.1-7, Matthew 21.33-end Our opening hymn told of Jesus entering Jerusalem to palm-waving cheers, and tonight’s second reading tells of a dispute Jesus has there. But first, a dispute over a chocolate éclair. My neighbour at a do on Friday … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – St Mary Magdalene – Eucharist

Reading: Matthew 21.1-11 Last night, while making the soup for the Lent Lunch at the Vicarage today, I listened to the football phone-in on BBC Radio 5 Live. One topic of debate concerned the effect of the home crowd on their … Continue reading

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5th Sunday in Lent – Evensong & Annual Parochial Church Meeting – St John the Divine

Readings: Lamentations 3.19-33, Matthew 20.17-end Last Tuesday I was on a course about how to be a Team Rector. A colleague there said that when he first came into the Diocese of Southwark he had asked our last Bishop of Southwark, ‘Why … Continue reading

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5th Sunday in Lent – St Matthias

Readings: John 11.1-45 The decisive battle of El Alamein in 1942 was not an immediate victory. The British 8th Army made early gains, but the battle then became a ghastly killing match for both sides. At one point, deep into the … Continue reading

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4th Sunday in Lent – Evensong – St Matthias

Leaving is such a strange thing. In many ways I feel like the baby Moses, set adrift in his small basket on the waters of the Nile, moving from the known into the unknown. St. Matthias has been our home … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday in Lent

Readings: Ephesians 5.1-14, Luke 11.14-28 Jesus brings deliverance to a victim by the hand of God, but his opponents say he is the puppet of the Devil. This is an extreme form of delusion. We have seen some poisonous examples at work … Continue reading

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