Monthly Archives: December 2012

First Sunday of Christmas, December 30th 2012, St Mary’s, morning

Reading Luke 2.41-52   Preacher Canon Robert Titley For the baptism of India Platts How time flies. Only five days ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus and now, in this reading, he’s already twelve years old. It’s one of … Continue reading

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Christmas Midnight Mass, December 24-25th, 2012, St Mary’s

Reading John 1.1-14 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Early morning listeners to BBC Radio 5 Live today heard that the Queen is this country’s most knowledgeable monarch ever when it comes to horses, at least the racing variety. Whenever a foal … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, 23rd December 2012, St Mary’s, morning

Reading Luke 1.39-45 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Every act of worship is equally significant. Even so, you may think this morning is rather like the warm-up act before the main event of Christmas. The gospel reading is good for this … Continue reading

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Christmas Morning – St Matthias – 25th December 2012

Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12]; John 1:1-14 May the words of my lips, and the mediations of all our hearts, be forever pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. On his thought for … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent, 16th December 2012, St Mary’s, morning

Sermon on Luke 3: 7-18 John the Baptist cuts a severe and fearsome figure. He’s out there in the wilderness living on locusts and wild honey, the very image of austerity, fulminating against unrighteousness. All that talk about broods of … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent, 16th December 2012, St Mary’s, evening

Reading Luke 1.39-45 Preacher Canon Robert Titley The 2011 Census figures are out, and show four million fewer Christians than a decade before. While notable atheist Polly Toynbee sang a Te Deum in the Guardian, theChurch of England Communications Office‘welcomed … Continue reading

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Advent 3 – St. John the Divine – 16 December 2012

Today is known in some churches as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word for ‘rejoice’. The day has its origins in those times when Advent was observed much more as a penitential season, rather than the premature celebration of … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent, 9th December 2012, St Mary’s, morning

Readings Malachi 3.1-4, Philippians 1.3-11, Luke 3.1-6 Preacher Canon Robert Titley I had had in mind a light-hearted opening to this sermon, about the Aussie DJs and their implausible impersonation of the Queen, but events suddenly moved from embarrassment to tragedy with … Continue reading

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Advent 2 – St Matthias – Sunday 9th December 2012

Readings: Baruch 5: 1-9 or Malachi 3: 1-4; Philippians 1: 3-11; Luke 3: 1-6. May the words of my lips, and the meditations of all our hearts, be forever pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. … Continue reading

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Winter Fuel Allowance

If you receive the WFA and feel you don’t need it, why not donate via The Richmond Charities to someone in fuel poverty this winter? Contact Richard Rondel 8940 7852

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