St John’s

Sermon: Sunday next before Lent, 3 March 2019, St John the Divine

In a predominantly rationalist and scientific age, some Christians of a more liberal and progressive stance find stories involving the inexplicable, like Jesus’s Transfiguration, which we’ve just read – or, indeed, the miracles – rather awkward.   The temptation often is … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Lent, 24 February 2019, St John the Divine

Readings Genesis 2.4b-9, 15-25; Revelation 4; Luke 8.22-25 Preacher Revd Neil Summers Within a long strand of Hebrew tradition, the sea was associated with evil powers.  According to an ancient creation myth, when God made the world and separated out … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday before Lent, 10 February 2019, St John the Divine

Readings Isaiah 6.1-8; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Luke 5.1-11Preacher Revd Neil Summers In the Bible, it is often the case that when God’s servants hear his call, it is accompanied by a profound awareness of their own unworthiness, even sinfulness. In … Continue reading

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Sermon: Epiphany, 6 January 2019, St John the Divine

The Feast of the Epiphany comes at that time of the year when, for most people, the magic of Christmas has worn off.  Last night was Twelfth Night, so the decorations are down and you are left with pine needles … Continue reading

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Sermon: Christmas Day, 25 December 2018, St John the Divine

This year’s Christmas cards have brought the usual mix of images: snow scenes, stars, Bethlehem, robins, Santas, reindeer, Christmas trees, and Nativity scenes – that enchanting combination of the sacred and secular which makes up the modern Christmas.  As usual, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Midnight Mass, 24 December 2018, St John the Divine

Some years ago, the clock up in the spire of St. John’s was out of order – and therefore silent – for many months, until it was eventually repaired and we were able once more to hear the familiar sound … Continue reading

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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: 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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