St John’s

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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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