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[13 Mar 2017 | One Comment | ]
My Spiritual Journey – By Tom Linley

This is the text of Tom’s talk on the subject of his spiritual journey, which he gave at the 8am and 9.30am services on Sunday 12th March. 
I’ve been asked to talk about my spiritual journey – my journey to God.
So, let me start at the beginning.
I was an only child and my childhood was clouded by the events of World War 2.  As a result we often moved house and I managed to attend eight schools in seven years.
My father had had a difficult life, hardly spoke, so I knew little about him.
My mother was an extrovert and talked a lot, so I knew her quite well.
She went to church on Sundays and each day read …

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[9 Mar 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermon for Lent – Temptations

Matthew 4.1-11
The temptation stories set the scene for the forthcoming ministry of Jesus of establishing his Kingdom on earth. What kind of Kingdom will it be that establishes the rule of God and yet because it is motivated by love for humankind, equally respects and honours the integrity of his creation?
There is much we can learn about our faith from examining these challenges to the chosen way of love.
All the temptations are variations on a theme of power.
The first appeals to the miraculous; the setting aside of the laws of nature and experience, with an open display of God’s omnipotence, the all-powerful.
‘Change these stones into bread’
We would love it wouldn’t we, that when life is not …

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[14 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Choose Life – Sermon, 12th February

I would like to focus this morning on the passage from Deuteronomy. The passage is part of the final address by Moses to the people before they enter the Promised Land. It is part of a manifesto for a nation and not just individuals. It asks of the people a deep and significant question – ‘What kind of society do you want to live in? What is your vision, your purpose, your core values, for without these you are lost; there will be nothing wholesome and good that will hold you together and contribute to the flourishing of a nation.’
I accept you may see differently, but I maintain I see no intention by God to enforce …

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[6 Feb 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Simeon’s Affirmation – Sermon for Candlemass

Luke 2. 22-40
I can think of events that very few people would have predicted. Even going back 30 years to the great storm of 1987 when Michael Fish famously put at rest the thoughts of a lady who suggested a hurricane was heading towards the UK. She was essentially right all along. Few predicted the victory of the Conservatives in the last election, or the Brexit vote, and especially the election of Donald Trump. Sometimes, the generally accepted view is way off beam.
I can personally remember when in 1966 I suggested that England had a good chance of winning the World Cup. I was laughed at, and an arrogant fellow schoolboy bet me £5 it wouldn’t …

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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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[23 Jan 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]

 Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
 Litoral Ecuador (XI The Episcopal Church)The Rt Revd Alfredo Morante
 The Interregnum

 The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
 Liverpool (York)The Rt Revd Paul Bayes Liverpool, Warrington (York) The Rt Revd Richard Finn Blackburn
 Our witness to the God of our salvation

 Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary in Denmark and Sweden, 865
 The Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Llandaff Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, The Rt Revd David Wilbourne
 The Yemen

 Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order
 Lokoja (Lokoja, Nigeria)The Most Revd Emmanuel Sokowamju Egbunu
 Our Alpha Course and Open House Groups

 The Fourth Sunday before Lent (Proper 1)
 Lomega (Loryko, Sudan)The Rt Revd Paul Yugusuk
 The Gabriels

 The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
 London (Canterbury) The Rt Revd …

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[2 Jan 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – March

 Ash Wednesday
 Mandalay (Myanmar) The Rt Revd David Nyi Nyi Naing
 Our keeping of Lent

 Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
 Manicaland (Central Africa) The Rt Revd Erick Ruwona
 Our prayer and worship during the vacancy


 The Most Revd William Brown Turei Pihopa o Aotearora and Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia


 Mara (Tanzania)The Rt Revd Hilkiah Omindo Deya
 Cathie Read and our Pastoral Care Team

The First Sunday of Lent
 Marathwada (North India) The Rt Revd Madhukar Kasab
 Meldrum Close, Norton Close


 Maridi (Minye, Sudan) The Rt Revd Justin Badi Arama
 Our Associate Priest, Terry Winrow and Kathy

 Perpetua, Felicity and their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
 Marsabit (Kenya) The Rt Revd Robert Martin
  The person already chosen by God to be our …

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[20 Dec 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]

The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
 Kolhapur (North India)The Rt Revd Bathuel Tiwade
 Badsworth Gardens

Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishops, Teachers, 379 & 389
 Kondoa (Tanzania)The Rt Revd Given Gaula
 Our New Year aspirations


 Kongor (Upper Nile, Sudan)The Rt Revd Gabriel Thuch Agoth
 Those living with infirmity


 Kontagora (Lokoja, Nigeria)The Rt Revd Jonah Ibrahim
 Our National Health Service


 Kootenay (British Columbia & the Yukon, Canada)The Most Revd John Elswood
 Those in fear for their lives

The Epiphany
 O God, who revealed your only Son to the Gentiles by the leading of a star, mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may after this life enjoy the splendour of your gracious Godhead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 Our revelation of the love of Christ


 Kubwa …

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[21 Nov 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – December

 Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916
 Karamoja (Uganda) The Rt Revd Joseph Abura
 Those who live a contemplative life


 Karimnager (South India) The Rt Revd Reuben Mark
 Our tolerance and openness

 Francis Xavier, Missionary, Apostle of the Indies, 1552
 Karnataka Central (South India) The Rt Revd Prasana Kumar Samuel
 Our Christmas Concert

 The Second Sunday of Advent
 Karnataka North (South India) The Rt Revd Ravikumar J. Niranjan
 The Grange, Grange Gardens


 Karnataka South (South India) The Rt Revd Mohan Manoraj
 Our Vicar, Paul Cowan and family

 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 326
 Kasai (Congo)The Rt Revd Marcel Kapinga Katanga (Congo)The Rt Revd Muno Kasima
 Our choir, choir leader and organist, Clive Grant

 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397
 Katakwa (Kenya)The Rt Revd Zakayo Epusi
 Our schools and colleges

 The Conception of the …

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[23 Oct 2016 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – November ’16

 All Saints
 Ilesa South West (Ibadan, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Samuel Egbebunmi
 Our faith and witness

 All Souls (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed)
 Indianapolis (VI, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Catherine Waynick
 Those we have loved and lost awhile

 Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
 Iowa (VII, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Alan Scarfe
Those who preach the Christian Faith


 Iran (Jerusalem and Middle East) The Rt Revd Azad Marshall
 The Middle East


 Irele Eseodo (Ondo, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Felix Akinbuluma; Isikwuato (Aba, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Manasses Chijiokem Okere
 Those who adopt and foster children

 The Third Sunday before Advent
 The Lusitanian Church (E-P to Archbishop of Canterbury Lusitanian Church (Portugal) The Rt Revd Jose Jorge De Pina Cabral
 Enborne Grange Lane

 Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle …