Sermons

Sermon: Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 12 August 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  1 Kings 19.4-8, Ephesians 4.25 – 5.2, John 6.35, 41-51 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   The news of the past few days has brought the whole gamut of human emotions, from the sheer exuberant elation of Dina Asher-Smith winning … Continue reading

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Sermon: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 5 August 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4.1-16, John 6.24-35 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   In John’s Gospel, there are several ‘I am’ sayings attributed to Jesus – I am the door, the good shepherd, the vine, the resurrection and the life … 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: Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 29 July 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  2 Kings 4.42-end, Ephesians 3.14-end, John 6.1-21 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Food plays a central part in the entire Judaeo-Christian tradition, from God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the journeying Hebrew people, right through to images … Continue reading

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Sermon: Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 22 July 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 23.1-6, Ephesians 2.11-end, Mark 6.30-34, 53-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   What compelling words about the impact of Jesus’s life and death in today’s passage from the Letter to the Ephesians: He has abolished the laws with its commandments … 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: 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: 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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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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