Monthly Archives: July 2017

Sermon: Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 30 July 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Romans 8.26-end, Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Last week’s Gospel reading was the parable of the weeds and the wheat.  This week’s focuses on five shorter parables, tumbling out one after the other, though the subject … Continue reading

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Sermon: Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 23 July 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Romans 8.12-25, Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Unlike certain golf clubs, or some gentlemen’s clubs in St James’s, or even some of the sectarian movements in first-century Judaism, the circle around Jesus was truly open.  To … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 16 July 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 13.1-9 & 18-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   A bit of science to start off with: all living things are made up of cells. Some consist of just one cell – bacteria, for instance – but we human … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 9 July 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Romans 7.15-25a,  Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Both readings this morning – St Paul’s words to the Christians in Rome and Jesus’ to the crowd in Matthew’s Gospel – are full of a quality which is central … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 9 July 2017, St Matthias

Reading  Matthew 11: 16-19 & 25-30 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   You may have heard of something called the Templeton Prize. It’s awarded every year to a person who, in the judges’ estimation, (and I quote) ‘has made an exceptional … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Genesis 22. 14, Matthew 10. 40-42 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac must be one of the darkest of all Bible stories and it has left deep imprints in both Judaism and Christianity.  Child sacrifice … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 28.5-9, Romans 6.12-end, Matthew 10.40-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Isn’t it great to welcome Justin today for his First Communion?  And I use the word ‘welcome’ deliberately, because it has always seemed to me more than a … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St Matthias

Reading  Romans 6.12-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Rather than speak about our Gospel reading, I’m going to say a few words about the second passage that we heard, the one from Paul’s letter to the Romans. St Paul in … Continue reading

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