Author Archives: Revd Neil Summers

About Revd Neil Summers

Revd Neil Summers served as a non-stipendiary minister in the Team between 2000 and 2014, whilst continuing his work as a lecturer in further and adult education. In October 2014, he was licensed as full-time Team Vicar of St John the Divine. He has particular interests in the literary and poetic aspects of scripture and theology, the rational case for faith and belief in an increasingly secular culture and the strengthening of links between the local church and the community in which is it set. Among his spare time pursuits are travel, literature, theatre, dance (only as a spectator!) cycling, singing in a local community choir, and gardening.

Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 19 November 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18, 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11, Matthew 25.14-30 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   In more recent years, the few weeks between All Saints’ Day (1 November) and the eve of Advent Sunday have become known as the ‘Kingdom season’, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, 12 November 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Amos 5.18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18, Matthew 25.1-13 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   In last week’s sermon, we considered November as the month of remembering.  That, of course, is made very specific today.  ‘Remember’ is one of those many-layered English … Continue reading

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Sermon: All Saints’ Sunday, 5 November 2017, St John the Divine

Readings Revelation 7.9-17; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   November is the month for remembering.   Last Wednesday was All Saints’ Day, the day we commemorate those often nameless saints throughout the ages who do not have … Continue reading

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Sermon: Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, 8 October 2017, St John the Divine

Launch of Stewardship Campaign Two Sundays ago, our Gospel reading was the parable of the workers in the vineyard.  If you were here, you may recall that the vineyard owner paid all his labourers the same amount, whether they had … Continue reading

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Sermon: Harvest Sunday, 1 October 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Luke 12.16-30 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   While it may not have quite the widespread significance it used to have, I must admit I still have a soft spot for Harvest Festival.  Partly, it’s nostalgia: it takes me back … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 24 September 2017, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  Matthew 18.21-35 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   One of the earliest observations we make in life as we encounter our parents’ quite unreasonable behaviour is, ‘It’s not fair!’  It’s a statement we continue to refine for the rest of … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 17 September 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 18.21-35 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers This morning’s Gospel picks up exactly where last week’s left off, and once again it is the apostle Peter who plays a central role by asking Jesus the key question.   He wants to … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 10 September 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 18.15-20 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   It is stating the obvious to say that conflict is one of life’s certainties.  It takes many forms, from the relatively trivial to the positively dangerous: from the small-scale and domestic, to … Continue reading

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Sermon: Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 3 September 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 16.21-28 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Poor old Peter!  If you were here last week, you may remember the gospel reading telling us it was Peter who had the insight to recognise in Jesus the Messiah promised by … Continue reading

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Sermon: Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 27 August 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 16.13-20 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers This is one of my special possessions: a piece of rock brought back for me years ago from Israel – indeed from the very location of this morning’s Gospel reading, Caesarea Philippi, where … Continue reading

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