Monthly Archives: February 2014

Second Sunday before Lent, 23 February 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings  2 Corinthians 11. 19-31, Luke 8. 4-15 Preacher Canon Robert Titley The landscaper Capability Brown once took a friend round a garden he had designed. He was pleased to see the man’s start of surprise as they rounded a … Continue reading

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Second Sunday before Lent, 23 February 2014, St Matthias, evening

Reading  Matthew 6. 25-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers Taking any biblical passage at face value and treating it as though it is immediately and unquestionably applicable today seems to me to be a dubious practice – and, of itself, an … Continue reading

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Second Sunday before Lent, 23 February 2014, St Mary’s and St John’s, morning

Readings  Genesis 1. 1 – 2. 3; Matthew 6. 25-end Preacher Canon Robert Titley   When you wake up in the morning [a colleague if  mine once asked in a sermon] do you grope for the alarm clock, groan, ‘Another … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent, 16 February 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings  Amos 3. 1-8;  Ephesians 5. 1-17 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Yesterday the Catholic Archbishop of England and Wales complained bitterly about the welfare cuts which are leaving the most vulnerable without a safety net. Archbishop Vincent Nichols also criticised the … Continue reading

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Third Sunday before Lent, 16 February 2014, St Mary’s, morning

Reading  Matthew 5. 21-37 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Let your yes be yes and your No be No   This week  two prominent and ageing former celebrities were acquitted of sexually related crimes  in two separate cases going back some … Continue reading

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Third Sunday before Lent, 16 February 2014, St John, morning

Reading Matthew 5: 21-37 Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Well, my friends, it’s time for me to stop pretending to be the goody two shoes that you may think or assume that I am. A couple of weeks ago I was sedately … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday before Lent, 9 February 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Amos 2.4–end Ephesians 4.17–end Preacher Canon Robert Titley I was at a church event recently at which one of our number took the opportunity of having some of the ecclesiastical top brass before him to let rip. It was … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday before Lent, 9 February 2014, St John & St Mary, morning

Reading Matthew 5. 13-20 Preacher  Gill Doling You are the salt of the world.  You are the light of the world. SALT There is a phrase I don’t hear often now but my grandparents often referred to friends and neighbours … Continue reading

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Candlemas, 2 February 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings Haggai 2.1-9, John 2.13-22 Preacher Canon Robert Titley An important date: March 9th, when we hope our architects present their latest ideas for making our building a more hospitable place. Meanwhile, you’ll notice that the windows on the south … Continue reading

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Candlemas, 2 February 2014, Team Service, St Matthias, morning

Readings: Malachi 3.1-5; Hebrews 2.14-18; Luke 2.22-40 Preacher: The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark It was no place to take a child.  This was no pleasant visit to the local parish church that Mary and Joseph embarked on that … Continue reading

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