Sermons

Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 17 June 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading  Mark 4: 26-34 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I’ve been spending some time again with my old friend the Oxford English Dictionary. In my opinion at least, you can’t beat the thrill of a good definition. Well, maybe you … Continue reading

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday, 27 May 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 6.1-8; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   On Trinity Sunday we try to talk about God.  That is very difficult.  All our language about God is picture language.  The abstract language used by philosophers and … Continue reading

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Sermon: Pentecost, 20 May 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Galatians 5.16-26 & Ezekiel 36.22-28 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Sometimes, in an idle moment, I speculate on what makes human beings different from other animals. After all, you have to do something with your spare time. But that … Continue reading

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Sermon: Pentecost, 20 May 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Ezekiel 37.1-14, Acts 2.1-21, John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Pentecost tells the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early Christian community.  We read it in the Book of the Acts of the … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifth Sunday of Easter, 29 April 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  John 15.1-8 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I was never very good at science when I was at school – especially chemistry and biology. I could never work out whether I wasn’t very good because I wasn’t interested – … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter, APCM, 22 April 2018, St Matthias

APCM – Sunday 22 April 2018   What does God want us to be and do in our churches and community? That is a question we have been grappling with in the past year and a half and which has … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter & ACM, 22 April 2018, St John the Divine

Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Today is an important one in the life of our three churches as we hold our annual meetings.  It is RTM’s equivalent of the State of the Union – a time to review the past … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday of Easter, 15 April 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Acts 3.12-19, Luke 24.36-48 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers For me, perhaps for you, too, Easter Sunday is the most wonderful day of the Christian year. It comes as such a relief after the sombre heaviness of Passiontide … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Easter, 8 April 2018, St John the Divine

Reading   John 19.19-31 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   We don’t have a TV at home so we’re pretty much a radio household – mainly Radio 4 but with a dash of Radio 5 because I have a mild but … Continue reading

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Sermon: Easter Day, 1 April 2018, St John the Divine

Reading  Isaiah 25.6-9, Acts 10.34-43, Mark 16.1-8 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers One of the many striking features of the Easter narratives in the Gospels is that places which were thought to be enclosed, protected and safe are thrown wide open.  … Continue reading

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