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: Second Sunday before Advent, 17 November 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13 & Luke 21.5-19Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Pondering that passage from Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians – our first reading – I was reminded of the Canadian clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson. In the last few … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 15 September 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading Luke 15.1-10 Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Everyone loves a party – or so they say. But, as with anything involving human beings, things are rarely that simple. Parties can be difficult if you’re on the shy side of the … Continue reading

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Sermon: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 25 August 2019, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading 2 Corinthians 9Preacher Revd Alan Sykes To get full value from this evening’s reading we need to bear in mind one of the major aspects of early Church history, namely that there was major dissension in the Church between … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 7 July 2019, St Matthias

Readings Luke 10.1-11 & 16-20 Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Presently I’ll be talking about the gospel reading that we’ve just heard but first it’s confession time. Don’t fret, this is confession time for me, not for you. I’ll be the … Continue reading

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Sermon: First Sunday after Trinity, 23 June 2019, St Mary Magdalene

Reading Luke 8.26-39Preacher Revd Alan Sykes I’m going to be talking this morning about our gospel passage, the healing of the demoniac called Legion in the country of the Gerasenes. And perhaps I should say straightaway that I’ll be taking … Continue reading

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Sermon: Bible Sunday, 28 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I don’t know how many of you recognised the tune to which we sang our second hymn, the one just before the gospel reading. Just in case you didn’t know it, it was the tune … Continue reading

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Sermon: Twenty First Sunday after Trinity, 21 October 2018, St John the Divine

Reading  Mark 10.35-45 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Once upon a time there were two scientists. They were both working – separately – on an important potential breakthrough in the treatment of a serious disease. Both were on the brink … Continue reading

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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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