Author Archives: Ruth Martin

Sermon: Twenty First Sunday after Trinity, 21 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings  Hebrews 5.1-10; Mark 10.35-45 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Yesterday morning when I was enjoying watching the sun come into the garden, I saw a pair of magpies and a pair of squirrels competing for access to the only bird … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 19 November 2017, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  1 Thessalonians 5.1-11, Matthew 25.14-30 Preacher  Ruth Martin   The parable of the talents, you will be pleased to know, isn’t about people benefitting from financial investment, its not about people with material plenty having even more, its not … Continue reading

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Sermon: Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 24 July 2016, St Mary’s, morning

Readings  Psalm 42.1-7; 2 Corinthians 5.14-17 and John 20.1-18 Preacher  Ruth Martin, Reader in the Richmond Team Ministry Reputation is everything. We set such store by reputation that, once lost, it is virtually impossible to recover, and the more you are … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter, 27 April 2014, St Mary, morning

Readings  Acts 2. 14a, 22-32; John 20. 19-end Preacher  Ruth Martin We have probably all looked back, through the rear view of our lives and said, of some occurrence, or some relationship that has since soured, or blossomed, the signs were … Continue reading

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Easter Day, 20 April 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings  Song of Solomon 3. 2-5, 8. 6-7,  John 20. 11-18 Preacher  Ruth Martin When the unexpected happens, we each respond in our own individual ways. Mary wept when she saw the stone rolled away from the tomb assuming that … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, 6 April 2014, St Mary, morning

Readings  Ezekiel 37. 1-14  John 11. 1-45 Preacher  Ruth Martin Occasionally something happens which sets off a chain of events which rapidly gains its own unstoppable momentum and usually ends in disaster. Just over a week ago a careless briefing to … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent, 16 March 2014, St Mary’s, morning

Reading Romans 4: 1-5 and 13-17; John 3: 1-17 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Pope Francis, who last week celebrated his first year in office, and Tony Benn, who died last week, have something very much in common. Both inherited the trappings of … Continue reading

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Sunday next before Lent, 2 March 2014, St John the Divine, morning

Readings Exodus 24: 12-end; 2 Peter 1: 16-end; and Matthew 17: 1-9 Preacher  Ruth Martin How can we change to become more Christ like in our lives? Deep within us I believe is the desire for us to be the … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent, 16 February 2014, St Mary’s, evening

Readings  Amos 3. 1-8;  Ephesians 5. 1-17 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Yesterday the Catholic Archbishop of England and Wales complained bitterly about the welfare cuts which are leaving the most vulnerable without a safety net. Archbishop Vincent Nichols also criticised the … Continue reading

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Third Sunday before Lent, 16 February 2014, St Mary’s, morning

Reading  Matthew 5. 21-37 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Let your yes be yes and your No be No   This week  two prominent and ageing former celebrities were acquitted of sexually related crimes  in two separate cases going back some … Continue reading

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