St Mary’s

Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 18 November 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  Hebrews 10.11-14, 19-25; Mark 13.1-8 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Don’t worry: you haven’t missed out on Christmas, but today I need to tell you the year comes to an end next week.  Not the calendar year, of course, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Preacher:  Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith, CBE DL   Firstly I would like to thank Wilma for inviting me to what passes for the pulpit on this very special Remembrance Sunday. One hundred years since the end of the worst … Continue reading

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Sermon: Bible Sunday, 28 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I don’t know how many of you recognised the tune to which we sang our second hymn, the one just before the gospel reading. Just in case you didn’t know it, it was the tune … Continue reading

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Sermon: Twenty First Sunday after Trinity, 21 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings  Hebrews 5.1-10; Mark 10.35-45 Preacher  Ruth Martin   Yesterday morning when I was enjoying watching the sun come into the garden, I saw a pair of magpies and a pair of squirrels competing for access to the only bird … Continue reading

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Sermon: Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, 14 October 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  Mark 10.17-31 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   I thought I’d start off with something a little controversial – a lot controversial in fact. It can’t have escaped your attention that the appointment last week of Brett Kavanaugh to the … Continue reading

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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: 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 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: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 5 August 2018, St Mary Magdalene

Readings  Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15,  John 6.24-35 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Our first reading today was that well-known episode in the Book of Exodus in which God provides manna for the hungry, grumpy Israelites. He cares for their physical well-being. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Feast of St Mary Magdalene, 22 July 2018, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings  2 Corinthians 5.14-17, John 20.1-2, 11-18 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Many years ago I managed to scrape through the 11 plus exam and went to our local grammar school. It was a single sex school. As was often … Continue reading

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