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[13 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermons from Holy Week – Tuesday 11th April “Healing and Curiosity”

Some Greeks come to see Jesus. In many respects, the Church today, both worldwide and local, should be the modern equivalent of Phillip and Andrew.
Although part of the legacy of Christendom, and to be fair many other things as well, is that in the eyes of society, the church is seen more as part of the problem rather than the solution, there is nevertheless, still a thirst amongst society for a deeper understanding of what life is all about. There is a search for meaning.
As we become more confident in proclaiming our faith in the community there will be neighbours, or people we meet in the street, or who may come through the door, all with …

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[11 Apr 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Sermons for Holy Week – Monday 10th April ‘Reconciliation’

It is not for nothing that the story of Cain and Abel is so close to the beginning of the Bible. Since the entry of humankind into the history of this tiny globe we have been fighting one another. War is the default position of us all. Divided communities, divided families, divided nations and a divided world. “Be reconciled to God’ urges Paul in 2 Corinthians and it will not surprise you to know that even Christians are known to go to fight – only we call it by other names like, being out of communion, division, excommunication, division and separation.
The irony is that reconciliation is the heart of the Christian faith. The cross is all …

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[20 Mar 2017 | Leave a Comment | ]
Prayer Intentions – April

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Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher, 1872
 Missouri (V Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Wayne Smith                                               West Missouri (VII Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Martin Field
Our servers, sacristans and verger

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passiontide begins)
 Mityana (Uganda) The Rt Revd Stephen Kazlimba
 Monkswood Close

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 Mombassa (Kenya) The Rt Revd Julius Katio Kalu
Our Associate Priest, Terry Winrow and Kathy

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 Monmouth (Wales) The Rt Revd Richard Pain
 Those experiencing drought and famine

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 Montana (VI The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Charles Franklin Brookhard
 Our craft workshop afternoon

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 Montreal (Canada) The Rt Revd Mary Irwin-Gibson
 The homeless

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 Moosonee (Ontario, Canada) The Rt Revd Thomas Corston
 Jerusalem and the Middle East

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 Moray; Ross & Caithness (Scotland) The Rt Revd Mark Strange
Our choir, choir leader and organist, Clive Grant

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 Palm Sunday
Jerusalem (Jerusalem & Middle …

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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.
Childhood
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

 
Deut.30.15-20
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

Malachi
Hebrews
Luke 2. 22-40
 
Introduction
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 | ]

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

2
 Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
 Manicaland (Central Africa) The Rt Revd Erick Ruwona
 Our prayer and worship during the vacancy

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

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

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

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

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 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 …