sermons by ian banks

Stop and Listen

Moses was 80 years old. He’d been tending someone else’s flock for 40 years.

One day, he was out with the sheep, probably thinking about his pension plan, when he took a different path – and from there he saw a bush that was burning. His life completely changed direction…

But how long was that bush burning for, waiting to be noticed? How many other signs had Moses missed along the way, along the years?

sermon keith trivasse

Identifying

Old Trafford has a number of places of worship. Our banns were heard at St Hilda’s, Old Trafford. But far and away the largest place of worship has thousands of adherents.

Every Saturday, or thereabouts, they gather to chant devotion to their god. At times they will invite the leader of the worship, dressed in black, to improve his eyesight. They cheer whenever the team in red puts the ball into the net.

Yes, football’s god is alive and well in Old Trafford. The fans do go there, they cheer the team, they wear red and they identify, they identify with the team of Manchester United.

sermons by ian banks

Wade in the water

It’s often said that history is written by the victors.

But what must it feel like to be defeated in war?

Ashamed, frightened, disorientated, demoralized, physically hurt, mentally traumatized, angry at those who promised that you would be victorious, relieved the fighting is over, struggling to survive, cold, hungry…??

bible readings and study

Bible readings January 2020

Here are the Bible readings for January 2020 which we’ll be using in church for this season of Epiphany.

If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!

The scriptures this month include travelling wise men, a baptism, disciples being called – and people that had been in darkness now seeing a great light.

nigel silvester sermon

Christmas Star

We can learn that each of us has something to offer in service to progress God’s kingdom. It may not be immediately apparent; it may be hidden beneath the surface; but there will be something to offer in each one of us.

Maybe, like Joseph, a word from God will come to us and it will make us change our view on something; change our mind on a particular course of action; give us a new and different outlook.

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