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[5 Jun 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer for Peace following the London Terrorist Attacks

The Church of England released the following prayer on social media, for all those affected by the attacks in London this weekend.

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[30 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
On NOW at St George’s!  Thy Kingdom Come 2017

From 25th May to 4th June this year communities and churches around the world will be gathering together to pray for their friends, families and neighbours.  Do come and see for yourself what is going on at St George’s between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
Prayer events of all shapes and sizes are taking place across the world, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.
St George’s is open for this event, with coffee and tea available at 9.30 and 3pm.  This years …

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[26 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon from St George’s Day – Very Revd Robert Grimley

I am delighted to be with you for this Patronal Festival, and I bring you greetings from Christ Church, your cathedral, the cathedral of this diocese.
For my text, some words of the risen Christ from the Gospel reading that we have just heard:
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. (John 20.21)
Today is the day traditionally known as Low Sunday, and it might seem rather hard luck to be celebrating your Patronal Festival on such a day. But in fact the name Low Sunday is a bit misleading. It might be low in the sense that it represents a bit of a come-down from the razzmatazz of Easter Day, with …

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[5 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sunday April 2nd – Sermon ‘Jesus Wept’

What does it take to make you cry? Some people release tears very easily but others never seem to cry. Many men try to hide their emotions and women, we are told,  are more open about crying. I think we will all agree however that when we face a terrible ordeal – the death of a loved one, husband, wife and child – weeping is the natural expression of our grief. Today for Eileen and myself April 2nd brings sad memories of our first child who was born 55 years ago, still born 17 days after full term. The tears have gone but wistful memories remain.
Jesus wept.  Two words packed full of meaning. Here is the …

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[20 Mar 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon 19.3.2017 – Lord Carey

‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the messiah, can he?’
Those words were those of the woman, Jesus met by Jacob’s well. It was a dramatic meeting. Incidentally, this is the longest recorded conversation anyone ever had with Jesus. It is longer than any recorded conversation with any of his disciples.
We actually know a lot about her even though we are not told her name. We know that she was a lonely and despised person. She was lonely because she came alone to the well and not at the usual time when the other women came and used the opportunity to chat to other women. She was …

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[28 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thy Kingdom Come – Lent 2017 and beyond

‘With God, the impossible is possible’
This year our Lent Groups are an exciting mixture of study, prayer, creativity and fun to support our moving out in mission.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global initiative led by Archbishop Justin Welby. It will run between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday as a week of prayer and witness to draw people to know Jesus Christ.  Our Lent Course will have this week in mind as we use Lent to deepen our prayer life and think courageously and creatively about reaching out to others.
Firstly, we will centre our Lenten thinking firmly in the context of mission. We will endeavour to embrace the vision of Thy Kingdom Come for St. George’s.
We will …

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[6 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Salt & Light – Sermon from Sunday 5th February

Matthew 5.13-16
Our gospel this morning is about Jesus calling us into discipleship. The two metaphors he uses, salt and light, both describe and prescribe who we are and what we should do for, and in the world. The salt needs to engage with something else before it can do its work. The light is of no use if kept hidden. The message is one very much about engagement with, and in the world.
Last week we heard how Simeon was affirmed, here we hear how we are affirmed. To be called salt and light highlights the value and trust Jesus placed on his disciples and us to extend and participate in the mission of God.
Salt reminds us …

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[22 Jan 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Leaving Service Sermon – Revd. Paul Cowan

Isaiah 9.1-4
1 Corinthians 1.10-18
Matthew 4.12-23
3rd Sunday of Epiphany
My goodness, where on earth to start? Last week I preached for the last time at St John’s and focused very much on our journey together at St John’s over the last few years. To the congregation of St John’s who are here, please forgive me, as in this sermon I speak more so to the congregation of St George’s.
I don’t think it’s possible in these few minutes here from the pulpit to in anyway succeed in reflecting or summarising the past decade. We arrived here as a family in August 2006; Samuel was 5 and Joel 3, Hannah and I were… ten years younger than we are …

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[24 Dec 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Christmas Sermon

Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10, Hebrews.1.1-4, John 1.1-14
Well we’re nearly there! Only …minutes to go now to Christmas. Are you ready for Christmas? Have you got all the preparations done? Any jobs left to do when you get home? Maybe there’s still a Christmas stocking to creep into a bedroom with?
We are on the cusp of an epic moment. The Advent season of preparing, waiting, yearning, thirsting, hoping, is very nearly over. We’re here because it’s just not good enough to wake up tomorrow morning and dozily realise that, realise what??? I’ll answer that in a minute.
This moment is rather like a stumbling through the darkness of night down onto a beach. Sitting there in the gloom before …

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[5 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments | ]
My Faith Journey – Craig Brown

The Petone Baptist Church stands on Buick Street in the town where I grew up.  It’s an odd-looking building; progressive extensions have been made to the building that appear to have been added without considering that which already exists.  As architectural fusion goes, it leaves a little to be desired.
I first visited there at the age of five at the urging of my best friend, Lance Juventin.  Lance had established that if one attended Sunday School, there was a delightful old lady that would hand out smokers to the children when they left.
Now a smoker, for those of you that may not know, is a small pink, cinnamon flavoured sweet which came in a Fisherman’s Friend-like …