St John’s

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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Sermon: Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 22 July 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 23.1-6, Ephesians 2.11-end, Mark 6.30-34, 53-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   What compelling words about the impact of Jesus’s life and death in today’s passage from the Letter to the Ephesians: He has abolished the laws with its commandments … 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: 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 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: 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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Sermon: Third Sunday of Easter, 15 April 2018, St John the Divine

Readings  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Acts 3.12-19, Luke 24.36-48 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers For me, perhaps for you, too, Easter Sunday is the most wonderful day of the Christian year. It comes as such a relief after the sombre heaviness of Passiontide … Continue reading

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