Sermons

Sermon: Advent Sunday, 2 December 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.9-end; Luke 21.25-36 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   If you like fairy tales, romance and magic, the chances are you would enjoy a musical by my favourite modern-day composer, Stephen Sondheim.  ‘Into the Woods’ is … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 18 November 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  Hebrews 10.11-14, 19-25; Mark 13.1-8 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Don’t worry: you haven’t missed out on Christmas, but today I need to tell you the year comes to an end next week.  Not the calendar year, of course, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Preacher:  Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith, CBE DL   Firstly I would like to thank Wilma for inviting me to what passes for the pulpit on this very special Remembrance Sunday. One hundred years since the end of the worst … Continue reading

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Sermon: All Saints’ Day, 4 November 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 25.6-9; Revelation 21.1-6a; John 11.32-44 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   November is the month for remembering.   Last Thursday was All Saints’ Day, commemorating those often nameless saints throughout the ages who do not have an individual day of … 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: 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: Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, 14 October 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Amos 5.6-7, 10-15; Hebrews 4.12-end; Mark 10.17-31 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Two weeks ago, the Gospel reading was about cutting off those body parts that cause us to stumble.  Today, there are more tricky words to contend with: sell … 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: Harvest Sunday, 7 October 2018, St John the Divine

Interview Sermon with Revd Neil Summers and Sylvia Browning   Introduction – Neil   In our Mission Action Plan, one of the things we said we would do, from time to time, is a different sort of sermon slot, which … Continue reading

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