Sermons

Sermon: Third Sunday of Lent, 19 March 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Exodus 17.1-7, Romans 5.1-11, John 4.5-42 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers Like people throughout human history, ourselves included, Jesus didn’t inhabit an ideal world, but a world that was polarised, fractured and divided into hostile and often alienated groupings, in … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday of Lent, 19 March 2017, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  John 4:5-42 Preacher  Revd Wilma Roest How is Lent going for you? Maybe you have set yourself a challenge at the beginning of Lent, for instance no chocolate for 40 days, or 3 books on theological matters to read … Continue reading

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Love Life Live Lent Update

Great feedback from our families who are really valuing the Lent challenges and reflections. Some of the experiences include; new routines of breakfast Bible reading, a Grandma who was over the moon to receive a phone call from her Grandson, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Lent, 12 March 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Genesis 12.1-4a, Romans 4.1-5, 13-17, John 3.1-17 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers All the characters mentioned in today’s readings were people who – to use the cliché – had to think ‘outside the box’.   First, Abraham hears the news from … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Lent, 12 March 2017, St Matthias

Reading  John 3: 1-17 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes Using a very round number, I reckon it was about 10 years ago that Chaos Theory seemed to be all the rage. You heard about it everywhere. Now not so much. I … Continue reading

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Sermon: First Sunday of Lent, 5 March 2017, St Mary’s, evening

Reading  Luke 15: 1-10 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes To my mind it’s almost comical how advertisers seek endorsements from celebrities for the products they are trying to sell – as if a footballer being paid a large sum to endorse, … Continue reading

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Sermon: First Sunday of Lent, 5 March 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7, Romans 2.12-19, Matthew 4.1-11 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers Fasting, repentance, discipline, self-denial, not giving in to temptation: the things with which we have traditionally associated Lent can sometimes convey a rather joyless religion, a cramping of … Continue reading

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Sermon: Sunday next before Lent, 26 February 2017, St Mary’s, evening

Readings  2 Kings 2: 1-12  & Matthew 17: 1-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes A few weeks ago I went to see a film called Hacksaw Ridge. It’s a true story of a pacifist medical orderly in the battle for the Japanese … Continue reading

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Sermon: Sunday next before Lent, 26 February 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Exodus 24.12-18, 2 Peter 1.16-21, Matthew 17.1-9 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers In a predominantly rationalist and scientific age, some Christians of a more liberal and progressive disposition find stories involving visions – like Jesus’ Transfiguration, which we’ve just read … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Lent, 19 February 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Genesis 1.1 – 2.3; Romans 8.18-25; Matthew 6.25-34 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers Today’s Gospel reading reminds us how important it is not simply to take all passages of Scripture and apply them directly to ourselves, as though they had … Continue reading

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