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Turning points

Turning points

I don’t know if you have made any new year resolutions? I haven’t. From past experience, intentions to eat more healthily, take more exercise and, in the past, to stop smoking would all be consigned to the rubbish bin by January 4th.

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Journeys – Epiphany 2019

Journeys – Epiphany 2019

In the words of our Bishop in the January issue of the CRUX magazine, I’d like to challenge us at this Epiphany-tide, and the start of a New Year, to take the story of the Magi as a metaphor for our own journey with God. 

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Probably the best…

Probably the best…

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is JC Jacobsen, and I have been dead for 130 years.” The talk was entitled “Why You Should Answer Every Question with Probably,” and fits in with Carlsberg’s long-time slogan, “Probably the best beer in the world.”

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Jonah, Jesus, Fred and you

Jonah, Jesus, Fred and you

We’re each asked to follow our own particular call, to make the most of what we’re given and not waste it. To show the love & mercy of God to anyone we come across – even when we don’t feel particularly able. Because if we don’t then who will? And we too can be messed up and conflicted, just like Jonah.

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Flippin heck – Lazarus and wow moments

Flippin heck – Lazarus and wow moments

I used to play the piano at a nursery school, so that the children knew that music didn’t always come from a machine. There was a 3 year old who had major problems who called me Mrs. Piano and he was a gem…

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May he keep you from falling

May he keep you from falling

From the little bit we know about the lives of Simon and Jude we can find an example of what it means to love one another. They stuck it out, even when times got tough.  They might have hesitated a bit on Good Friday, perhaps even like the others they ran away. But Simon and Jude went on to be faithful witnesses of the saving power of Jesus.

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Our journey

Our journey

On preparing for holidays, bags are packed and we’re ready to be off.  It’s an illustration I often use at a Baptism service. Once your bags are packed and loaded into the car you don’t then just sit on the drive for a week and come back raving about what a lovely time you’ve had of it.  That would be pointless.  You’ve made preparations: you make the journey. 

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Two kinds of Wisdom

Two kinds of Wisdom

A picture of wisdom was drawn by comedian, Milton Jones, comparing it to cutlery. He said wisdom is not like that special set of knives and forks you keep for certain occasions, locked away in a velvet-lined box – all pristine and shiny. Rather wisdom is like a Swiss Army knife, worn and pitted, used and useful, honed and sharpened.

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Immortality and Eternal Life

Immortality and Eternal Life

Immortality & eternal life might seem to mean the same thing, but they don’t – even tho’ they both describe something that won’t ever end.  What matters is to look at the start of what they describe rather than the end. 

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Get Wisdom

Get Wisdom

Wisdom says, “lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”  That implies getting up and leaving the table, going back to where you were called from and sharing the invitation.  The seats at this table will never be full!  This is a perfect party from which no-one will be turned away once they respond. 

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Emancipate yourself from slavery

Emancipate yourself from slavery

Church is a school for freedom. We are free to do as we will, but we have to do that in community. So we have to learn to be free and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Church is the community where we learn this. This means that sometimes church is boring, tedious, other times it is bursting with excitement.

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I am the (gluten free) bread of life

I am the (gluten free) bread of life

We’ve heard about gluten intolerance but I think some people suffer from ‘church intolerance’. They may be very spiritually aware and seeking – but don’t come anywhere near a church. I believe there are parallels between the two conditions.

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How big is God?

How big is God?

Miracles are hard to believe, hard to understand and impossible to explain rationally.  We can’t explain them because, well because they are miracles and by their very nature defy natural and physical laws and go beyond our understanding: ‘far more than all we can ask or imagine’

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Our new sermon archive

Our new sermon archive

We have a new sermon archive section on the website! We’ll still add the sermons as posts to the home page but after a while they’ll get removed to give space for other new posts. So the archive allows us to keep the sermons accessible for longer.

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Mary Magdalen

Mary Magdalen

The main reason for remembering Mary Magdalen is her presence in the garden where Our Lord was buried; her recognition at last of the risen Jesus and her errand to tell the others of what had happened. Mary Magdalen, the apostle to the apostles and 1st witness to the Resurrection.

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