Author Archives: Revd Alan Sykes

About Revd Alan Sykes

Revd Alan Sykes is a self-supporting minister (SSM) based at St Mary Magdalene. He was ordained in 2009. He has worshipped at St Mary’s for over 25 years. No longer employed, he gave up his job as a librarian early in 2009. His interests include poetry, classical music, cricket and football. Which team he supports remains a closely guarded secret as he does not wish to cause merriment among the congregation.

Sermon: Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, 14 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  Mark 10.17-31 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I thought I’d start off with something a little controversial – a lot controversial in fact. It can’t have escaped your attention that the appointment last week of Brett Kavanaugh to the … Continue reading

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Sermon: Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, 23 September 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading  Matthew 8.23-34 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I was brought up in the era before central heating. At least it took a long time for that particular mod con to reach our house up in the frozen north of … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 9 September 2018, St Matthias

Readings   Isaiah 35.4-7a; James 2.1-10; Mark 7.24-37 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Brexit still rules the waves when it comes to the political life of our country but over the summer another controversy has also had wind in its sails, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 2 September 2018, St Matthias

Readings  Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9; James 1.17-end; Mark 7.1-8, 14, 15, 21-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   A couple of weeks ago we had one of my nieces staying with us along with her two boys. We had a good few … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading  Jonah 2 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   For the Jews in ancient times the sea was the great symbol of all that is chaotic, destructive and negative in life. It was on land that people flourished morally and materially. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading  John 6.56-69 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   It seems pretty clear to me that Jesus, in today’s gospel, is talking about the Eucharist, the meal of which we’ll be partaking in a few minutes. So the Eucharist is my … Continue reading

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Sermon: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 5 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15,  John 6.24-35 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Our first reading today was that well-known episode in the Book of Exodus in which God provides manna for the hungry, grumpy Israelites. He cares for their physical well-being. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Feast of St Mary Magdalene, 22 July 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings  2 Corinthians 5.14-17, John 20.1-2, 11-18 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Many years ago I managed to scrape through the 11 plus exam and went to our local grammar school. It was a single sex school. As was often … Continue reading

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Sermon: Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 15 July 2018, St Matthias

Readings  Amos 7.7-15,  Mark 6.14-29 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   There’s sometimes confusion about what a prophet does – a prophet in the Bible, that is. A prophet in the biblical sense does not predict the future. If the prophet … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 24 June 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Job 38:1-11,  Mark 4: 35-41 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Our first reading was taken from the Book of Job. Just in case you’re not very familiar with it, it’s the story of an absolutely righteous man who undergoes … Continue reading

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