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: Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 1 July 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Wisdom 1.13-15, 2.23-24, 2 Corinthians 8.7-end, Mark 5.21-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Although it’s the theme of death that lurks in two of this morning’s readings, the words we heard from the Wisdom of Solomon affirm that God … 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 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: 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: 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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Sermon: Mothering Sunday, 11 March 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Exodus 2.1-10, 2 Corinthians 1.3-7, John 19.25-27 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   I guess for some of you (like me) today is a day of mixed emotions: for me, of gratitude and of sadness.  Gratitude for memories of a … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Lent, 25 February 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  Romans 4.13-25, Mark 8.31-38 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   In this morning’s Gospel, Jesus begins to talk about his forthcoming death.  As he made clear to his followers, their allegiance to him would be no easy option: it could … Continue reading

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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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