Sermons

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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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 Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Galatians 5.16-26 & Ezekiel 36.22-28 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Sometimes, in an idle moment, I speculate on what makes human beings different from other animals. After all, you have to do something with your spare time. But that … 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: Fifth Sunday of Easter, 29 April 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  John 15.1-8 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I was never very good at science when I was at school – especially chemistry and biology. I could never work out whether I wasn’t very good because I wasn’t interested – … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter, APCM, 22 April 2018, St Matthias

APCM – Sunday 22 April 2018   What does God want us to be and do in our churches and community? That is a question we have been grappling with in the past year and a half and which has … 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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