Monthly Archives: September 2013

Michael and All Angels, 29th September 2013, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Daniel 10.4–end, Revelation 5 Preacher Canon Robert Titley ‘Angels dancing on pin-heads’ has for ages been a byword for everything that gets theology a bad name: earnest people speculating about things that are irrelevant, or without consequence, or both. … Continue reading

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17th Sunday after Trinity, 22nd September 2013, St Mary’s, evening

Reading Luke 14.1-14 (Book of Common Prayer lectionary) Preacher Canon Robert Titley The blockbusting series Dallas has returned to British terrestrial screens, in its new, next-generation form. You may recall this cultural bulletin from a recent sermon; and if you do, … Continue reading

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17th Sunday after Trinity, 22nd September 2013, St Mary’s, morning

Reading Luke 16.1-9 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Before a congregational meeting on the development of St Mary’s building People who know about architecture talk about ‘reading’ a building. Buildings tell stories, make statements; they say things, and we want our … Continue reading

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17th Sunday after Trinity, 22 September 2013, St. John the Divine

As we heard in the OT reading, the prophet Amos is remarkably forthright about justice in business dealings. In this country, ever since Magna Carta introduced national standards for weights and measures, we have taken these for granted, but in … Continue reading

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16th Sunday after Trinity, 15th September, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Isaiah 60, John 6.51–69 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Two foodie passages this evening. Isaiah talks of Israel feeding off the riches of surrounding nations, and in John’s gospel Jesus says, ‘I am the bread which came down from heaven’. … Continue reading

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Trinity 16 – St. Mary Magdalene (Matins) – 15 September 2013

In this morning’s readings, we encounter people some would refer to as perverse and sinful, but who I’d call typically human: quick to abandon God’s way, stiff-necked, foolish, blaspheming, persecuting, ignorant, grumbling, and the rest… What response does this litany … Continue reading

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16th Sunday after Trinity, 15th September 2013, St John’s and St Mary’s, morning

Reading Luke 15.1-10 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Is your life rather – routine? Does it lack drama? Would you like it spiced with moments of mystery and – yes – even a spot of scariness? It seems that quite a … Continue reading

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Trinity 15, 8th September, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Sermon on Luke 14: 25-33 When Mrs Thatcher was Prime Minister – it seems like only yesterday to me – one of her sidekicks, Norman Tebbit, made some remarks about the parable of the Good Samaritan that made quite a … Continue reading

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13th Sunday after Trinity, 8th September 2013, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Isaiah 43.14-44.5, John 5.30-47 Preacher Canon Robert Titley An item on the radio made me pause: Black-led Pentecostal churches are concerned about the number of young men converting to Islam, and the difficulty some pastors have defending Christian beliefs … Continue reading

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14th Sunday after Trinity, 1st September 2013, St Mary’s, morning

Readings Ecclesiasticus 10.12–18, Luke 14.1, 7–14 Preacher Canon Robert Titley For the baptism of Florence Hirt and Edward Townsend You may know the good news already. Dallas is back on British TV. You can see (again) most of the old … Continue reading

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