Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sermon: First Sunday of Christmas, 31 December 2017, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   As an old year splutters to an end and a new year comes relentlessly closer, we may be filled with hope or with fear – or perhaps with a fluctuating mixture of the two. It … Continue reading

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Sermon: Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve, 24 December 2017, St John the Divine

Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Two different experiences of being in St. John’s this past couple of weeks, one quite heavenly and the other decidedly earthly – and earthy!  The heavenly was sitting quietly in the chancel shortly after several … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday of Advent, 17 December 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24, John 1.6-8, 19-28 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   On the third Sunday of Advent, we focus on John the Baptist, the prophet whose role was to prepare the way for Jesus.   Prophets are … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Advent, 10 December 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 40.1-11, 2 Peter 3.8-15a, Mark 1.1-8 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   One travel experience that made a lasting impression on me was a visit to Jordan; in particular a walk into Petra, “the rose-red city, half as old … Continue reading

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Sermon: Advent Sunday, 3 December 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 64.1-9, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, Mark 13.24-37 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Advent Sunday is different from any other day in the church calendar, because the church year does not start with an event, such as Jesus’s birth, or … Continue reading

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