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: First Sunday of Lent, 18 February 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Genesis 9.8-17, 1 Peter 3.18-22, Mark 1.9-15 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   The former MP and current journalist, Matthew Parris, although an atheist, was brought up in a Christian environment and is very knowledgeable about the faith.  He wrote … Continue reading

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Sermon: Sunday next before Lent, 11 February 2018, St John the Divine

Reading  2 Kings 2.1-12, 2 Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Significant things happen on mountains in many religious traditions, not least Judaism and Christianity.  For instance, Noah’s ark came to rest on Ararat; Moses received the … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Lent, 4 February 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Proverbs 8.1, 22-31, Colossians 1.15-20, John 1.1-14 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   A former Bishop of Durham once said, ‘We become like what we worship’.  It was an insight from the Book of Psalms (115.8 to be precise), where … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Epiphany, 14 January 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  1 Samuel 3.1-10, Revelation 5.1-10, John 1.43-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Unlike some Church people, I have a degree of both time and respect for the eminent scientist (and devout atheist), Professor Richard Dawkins – if only he … Continue reading

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Sermon: Epiphany, 7 January 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3.1-12, Matthew 2.1-12 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   The star of Bethlehem has long fascinated the curious, and the wise men from the east have inspired poets, composers and artists across the centuries.  Only Matthew, among … 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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Sermon: Christ the King, 26 November 2017, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Ephesians 1.15-23, Matthew 25.31-46 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   In one way, this Feast Day of Christ the King, falling as it does on the final Sunday of the church’s year, could be thought to be ending the year … Continue reading

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