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Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 17 November 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13 & Luke 21.5-19Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Pondering that passage from Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians – our first reading – I was reminded of the Canadian clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson. In the last few … Continue reading

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Talk: War and Peace in the Holy Land, Sunday 29 September 2019

A very brief overview of the Arab Israeli conflict Talk by: Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith, CBE, DL I think an anonymous quote explains a lot of the attitude of the Israeli Hawks.    ‘If the Arabs put their weapons down, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 15 September 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading Luke 15.1-10 Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Everyone loves a party – or so they say. But, as with anything involving human beings, things are rarely that simple. Parties can be difficult if you’re on the shy side of the … Continue reading

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Sermon: 80 years since the outbreak of WW2, 1 September 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Preacher Sir Michael Carleton-Smith In November last year we remembered the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, the war to end all wars. But eighty years ago today on Sunday 1st September 1939 the Germans … Continue reading

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Sermon: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 25 August 2019, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading 2 Corinthians 9Preacher Revd Alan Sykes To get full value from this evening’s reading we need to bear in mind one of the major aspects of early Church history, namely that there was major dissension in the Church between … Continue reading

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Peal of bells for 800th anniversary

The sound of bells was an uplifting feature of the 800th anniversary celebrations at St Mary Magdalene. Local ringers rang the eight bells before the Re-dedication Service on July 21 to greet members of the packed congregation and to formally … Continue reading

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Sermon: Team Service of Rededication, 21 July 2019, St Mary Magdalene

Readings 2 Corinthians 5.14-17; John 20.1-2, 11-18 Preacher Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark I am very glad to be with you to give thanks for 800 years of worship in this House of Prayer, rededicated to the Glory … Continue reading

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Sermon: First Sunday after Trinity, 23 June 2019, St Mary Magdalene

Reading Luke 8.26-39Preacher Revd Alan Sykes I’m going to be talking this morning about our gospel passage, the healing of the demoniac called Legion in the country of the Gerasenes. And perhaps I should say straightaway that I’ll be taking … Continue reading

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Farewell to a true original

We took part in the celebration service for the life of one of our band, Peter Simpson by ringing a touch of Grandsire triples and a sequence of call changes. Although ill health had prevented Peter from ringing with us … Continue reading

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday, 18 April 2019, St Mary Magdalene

Readings Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Preacher Ruth Martin What is it about love? One of the most moving, deeply human and memorable human occasions is when individuals, knowing that they will die imminently, focus their … Continue reading

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