Monthly Archives: June 2014

Feast of St Peter & St Paul, Apostles, Sunday 29 June 2014, St John’s & St Mary’s, morning

Readings Acts 12.1–11, Matthew 16.13–19 Preacher Canon Robert Titley   Today we celebrate St Peter. We have heard about his moment of insight with Jesus and his remarkable escape from prison. But we celebrate not just Peter but also Paul, … Continue reading

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First Sunday after Trinity, 22 June 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Reading Luke 16.19-31 Preacher Canon Robert Titley   What is hell? Hell is a state of being apart from God. And what would that feel like? The Jewish imagination looked to Gehenna, the municipal rubbish tip, sited safely outside the … Continue reading

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First Sunday after Trinity, 22 June 2014, St Matthias, morning

Readings  Jeremiah 20: 7-13; Romans 6: 1b-11; Matthew 10: 24-39 Preacher  Revd David Gardiner To watch this sermon on YouTube, please click here.   May the words of my lips, and the meditations of all our hearts, be forever pleasing … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi (Thanksgiving for the gift of the Holy Communion), Thursday 19 June 2014, St John the Divine

Readings 1 Corinthians 11.23-26  John 6.51-58 Preacher Canon Robert Titley To listen to this sermon on YouTube, please click here.   You will have heard of the so-called Trojan Horse controversy, and the allegations that conservative Muslims have taken over the governing … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday, 15 June 2014, St John the Divine, morning

Reading  Matthew 28.16-20 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   On Trinity Sunday we try to talk about God. That is very difficult. All our language about God is picture language. The abstract language used by philosophers and theologians is just as … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday, 15 June 2014, St Mary’s, morning

Readings Isaiah 40.12–17, 27–end; Matthew 28.16–20 Preacher Canon Robert Titley There is a new digital channel, ITV Encore, showing the best of ITVs drama output. It launched last week, and so I was able to catch up with a series … Continue reading

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Pentecost, Whit Sunday, 8 June 2014, St Mary’s, morning

Readings Acts 2.1–21 John 7.37–39 Preacher Canon Robert Titley   For the Baptism of Oliver Ransom   Two and a half thousand years ago, Greek philosophers like Empedocles believed that everything that exists comes from four things: earth, air, fire … Continue reading

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Sunday after Ascension, 1 June 2014, St Mary, evening

Reading Ephesians 1.15–end Preacher Canon Robert Titley Spring, according to the Second Book of Samuel, is the time when kings go out to battle (2 Samuel 11.1). Spring is also the season when politicians often go out to fight elections … Continue reading

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Sunday after Ascension, 1 June 2014, St John the Divine, morning

Readings Acts 1.6-14, John 17.1-11 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Whoever coined the phrase ‘Things ain’t what they used to be’ – the inspiration for a number of songs from the 1940s onwards – never spoke a truer word, because … Continue reading

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Sunday after Ascension, 1 June 2014, St Mary, morning

Readings Acts 1.6-14, John 17.1-11 Preacher Canon Robert Titley There are rumours going round. There is talk of doing a Passion play in Richmond in 2015. A certain city in the North West did it in 2006, so why can’t … Continue reading

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