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Series: Lent

Orchestration and Spontaneity

Bible Text: Matthew 21:1-11 | Preacher: Nigel Silvester | Series: Lent | A story of liberation It would have been…

Sunday, April 5, 2020
A story of liberation It would have been very busy that day. Jerusalem packed with pilgrims coming into the city from all over to celebrate the Passover. Inspired by the…
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Brief Encounter

Bible Text: John 4:5-42 | Preacher: Margery Spencer | Series: Lent | Do you like having visitors to stay?  I…

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Do you like having visitors to stay?  I do even although it means that I have to clean up a little more vigorously than usual.  Amend that – a lot…
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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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We don’t go alone

Bible Text: Genesis 12:1-5 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | Can I ask all the men and boys…

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Can I ask all the men and boys in the congregation to stand up please if you’re able? If you’re 80 years or older then please sit down again. If…
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Be Curious

Bible Text: Psalm 121 | Preacher: Nigel Silvester | Series: Lent | Psalm 121 is among the best known –…

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Psalm 121 is among the best known – perhaps not quite on a par with Psalm 23 but not too far behind. “I lift my eyes to the hills...” People…
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We Are Prepared

Bible Text: Matthew 4:1-11 | Preacher: Gary Anderton | Series: Lent | I was looking at an internet poll the…

Sunday, March 1, 2020
I was looking at an internet poll the other day on the top 10 things people had said they were giving up for Lent. I’m going to share with you…
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Blowing the doors off

Bible Text: John 12:1-8 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed…

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed to be one of the best memory triggers. Even years on, a certain aroma can take us back to a particular time…
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Count the stars

Bible Text: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | The heavy rain here over the last few…

Sunday, March 17, 2019
The heavy rain here over the last few days reminded me of the story of Noah. If you recall, God said to Noah: I’ve had enough of the violence and…
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Time for a spring clean?

Bible Text: John 2:13-22 | Preacher: Margery Spencer | Series: Lent I am not the most organised of people.  Planning…

Sunday, March 4, 2018
I am not the most organised of people.  Planning a long term in advance is not one of my fortes and I tend to leap into things and think later. …
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What’s in a name?

Bible Text: Genesis 17:1-7,15-16 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | If you were going to change your name,…

Sunday, February 25, 2018
If you were going to change your name, you’d want it to be a big change wouldn’t you? Like our Reverend Dave Thompson becoming his hero Sir Geoffrey Boycott or…
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Covenant

Bible Text: Genesis 17:1-7 | Preacher: Ralph Mallinson | Series: Lent In the old days – i.e. before Her Majesty’s…

Sunday, February 25, 2018
In the old days - i.e. before Her Majesty's Government (HMG) invented Gift Aid - tax payers were invited to covenant with the Church (or any charity). That is to…
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Hope, expectation and joy

Bible Text: Mark 1:9-15 | Preacher: Gill Barnett | Series: Lent What is Lent about? Recalling us to repent. A…

Sunday, February 18, 2018
What is Lent about? Recalling us to repent. A story about repentance: a painter had a job on to paint the outside of an old lady’s house.  It was a…
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