Sermons

Sermon: Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, 23 September 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading  Matthew 8.23-34 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I was brought up in the era before central heating. At least it took a long time for that particular mod con to reach our house up in the frozen north of … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 9 September 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 35.4-7a; James 2.1-10, 14-17; Mark 7.24-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   For me, that story of the healing of a Gentile woman’s daughter is one of the most fascinating in all the gospels.  It sees Jesus mainly in … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 9 September 2018, St Matthias

Readings   Isaiah 35.4-7a; James 2.1-10; Mark 7.24-37 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Brexit still rules the waves when it comes to the political life of our country but over the summer another controversy has also had wind in its sails, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 2 September 2018, St John the Divine & St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings   Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9; James 1.17-end; Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   If you look at the front of today’s pew sheet, you will see that the compilers of our lectionary – the CofE’s reading scheme – … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 2 September 2018, St Matthias

Readings  Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9; James 1.17-end; Mark 7.1-8, 14, 15, 21-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   A couple of weeks ago we had one of my nieces staying with us along with her two boys. We had a good few … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading  Jonah 2 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   For the Jews in ancient times the sea was the great symbol of all that is chaotic, destructive and negative in life. It was on land that people flourished morally and materially. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Joshua 24.1-2a, 14-18; Ephesians 6.10-20; John 6.56-69 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   After that gospel reading you may have a sense of déjà vu, or, more precisely, déjà entendu, ‘I’m sure I’ve heard that before.’ And if you’ve been in church in the last month, you have. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 26 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading  John 6.56-69 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   It seems pretty clear to me that Jesus, in today’s gospel, is talking about the Eucharist, the meal of which we’ll be partaking in a few minutes. So the Eucharist is my … Continue reading

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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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