Monthly Archives: December 2013

First Sunday of Christmas, 29th December 2013, St Matthias, morning

Readings: Isaiah 63: 7-9;  Hebrews 2: 10 – end;  Matthew 10: 13 – end Preacher: Ruth Martin It is one of the facts of our life today that the church rarely talks about angels, and rarely talks about heaven. Our world … Continue reading

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Christmas Day, 25th December 2013, St Mary’s, morning

Reading Luke 2.1-20 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Who has brought a present to open? Show us what you got…  Now, If Jesus was born today, what present would you give him? [Congregational answers included gold, frankincense and myrrh] This is … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, 2013, St John the Divine

Reading:  Luke 2:1-20 Preacher:  Revd Neil Summers You hardly need me to tell you that religious belief, at least in our part of the world, is frequently under attack.  Religion in general, and often Christianity in particular, is variously portrayed … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, 2013, St Matthias

Readings:  Isaiah 35: 1-10; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11 Preacher:   Revd David Gardiner May the words of my lips, and the mediations of all our hearts, be forever pleasing in your sight, O God our strength and our … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, 2013, St Mary’s

Reading John 1.1-18 Preacher Canon Robert Titley Well – we didn’t quite make it. We’d hoped to finish work on our windows by tonight, but (in those words beloved of defeated football managers) it wasn’t to be: they look great, … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, 22 December 2013, St. Matthias

I realise many eyes are now focused on the birth of a boy later this week, but today’s Gospel reminds us of the centrality of a female in the Christmas narrative. Mary, whom the church traditionally honours on this fourth … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, 22nd December 2013, St Mary’s, morning

Readings Isaiah 7.10–16, Matthew 1.18–end Preacher Canon Robert Titley Between now and Christmas Day, we the Great British Public are set to spend £45,000 per second. Exhausting, so no wonder that for many the Day itself is a feast of … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent, 15th December 2013, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Isaiah 5.8-end, Acts 13.13-41 Preacher Canon Robert Titley ‘My people go into exile; their nobles are dying of hunger and their multitude is parched with thirst.’ Bad things happen in the world, so what makes the prophet Isaiah certain … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Advent, 15 December 2013, St Mary’s, morning

Readings: Matthew 11: 2-11; James 5: 7-10 Preacher: Ruth Martin Today a human being who changed attitudes on a truly global scale will finally be laid to rest. Millions of people have tuned in to the mourning of Nelson Mandela, hundreds … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent, 15 December 2013, St. John the Divine

ADVENT 3 – ST. JOHN THE DIVINE – 15 DECEMBER 2013 The Church’s Advent liturgies contain some evocative and thrilling words, not least the familiar blessing we hear in this season which reads: ‘Christ the son of righteousness shine upon … Continue reading

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