St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Preacher: Ian Banks

Authorised Lay Minister

Jonah – it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Today we get that awkward bit in Jonah. The tail end, if you like, after the ‘whale’ has gone. A…

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Today we get that awkward bit in Jonah. The tail end, if you like, after the ‘whale’ has gone. A prophet wasn’t supposed to be upset when his warning is…
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The Restoration People

My wife and I love watching The Repair Shop on the BBC. People bring in treasured heirlooms in urgent need…

Sunday, September 6, 2020
My wife and I love watching The Repair Shop on the BBC. People bring in treasured heirlooms in urgent need of repair, to a group of experts skilled in their…
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Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Back in January, I had the privilege to reflect on this same passage, about Moses and the burning bush, with…

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Back in January, I had the privilege to reflect on this same passage, about Moses and the burning bush, with a congregation in Manchester Cathedral. Some of you here were…
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Get out of the boat

Bible Text: Matthew 14:22-33 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Trinity | God be in my head & in my…

Sunday, August 9, 2020
God be in my head & in my understanding; God be in our hearts & in our thinking. Amen If you were to pick just one Bible passage which sums…
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Your free gift

Bible Text: Isaiah 55:1-3, Psalm 145:15-21, Matthew 14:13-21 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Trinity | Most of us have…

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Most of us have e-mails. Some may use them more than others. But what if you received an e-mail apparently from God? Would you open it - or would you…
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Jesus applauding key workers

Bible Text: Matthew 10:40-42 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Trinity | I can tell you exactly when Jesus was…

Sunday, June 28, 2020
I can tell you exactly when Jesus was finishing off these instructions to the disciples. It was 8pm and it was a Thursday. Jesus was stood outside the front door…
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How do we get Him back again?

Bible Text: Acts 1:6-14 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Ascension | “So, we got Jesus in there. How do…

Sunday, May 24, 2020
“So, we got Jesus in there. How do we get him back out again?” It must have been a dilemma for God and his angelic extraction team as they figured…
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The Song of our Syrian Guest

Bible Text: Psalm 23:1-6 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Easter | The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He…

Sunday, May 3, 2020
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me…
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On our road to Emmaus

Bible Text: Luke 24:13-35 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Easter | I love this story of the road to…

Sunday, April 26, 2020
I love this story of the road to Emmaus. I have for a long time. But it’s for a different reason now. Scholars don’t seem to know where Emmaus actually…
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Our Tom

Bible Text: John 20:19-31 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Easter | I’ve a feeling that we would like Thomas!…

Sunday, April 19, 2020
I’ve a feeling that we would like Thomas! Today he’d probably be a Church Warden and we’d call him Tom. Only his mother ever called him Thomas. He’s a no-nonsense…
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Called by Name

Bible Text: John 20:1-18 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Easter | John told stories. Stories about people just like…

Sunday, April 12, 2020
John told stories. Stories about people just like you and me. In the closing chapters of his Gospel, we learn about the risen Christ through three people. Mary Magdalene, Thomas…
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The Enlightened One

Bible Text: John 4:5-42 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | Let’s shine some light on our truly remarkable,…

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Let’s shine some light on our truly remarkable, though very long, Gospel reading. First, some facts: This is the longest recorded conversation in John’s Gospel. It's the first time in…
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