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The slave girl and Naaman

Sunday, October 13, 2019
'The slave girl and Naaman' started and finished with a reading of the reflection by Katherine HawkerSelf which is at the foot of this post. I have psoriasis quite badly…
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Mind the Gap

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Ian. Nigel and I had originally planned a talk which was very loosely based on a sermon given over 60 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr (1). His sermon…
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The Shrewd Manager

Sunday, September 22, 2019
In my former life as a teacher I often encountered pupils who found it difficult to grasp the ideas I was trying to get across.  Notably when I tried to…
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Moses and the Goldfish

Sunday, September 15, 2019
I wouldn’t normally play with my phone during a talk or sermon, least of all if I’m the one delivering it! But I’m going to throw some numbers at you…
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St Bartholomew & the PoW

Sunday, August 25, 2019
In a book that I have that was written some 50 years ago, the Editor quotes a poem written on the wall of a prison cell by an English Prisoner…
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You gotta have faith

Sunday, August 18, 2019
My Mum’s family were very keen on taking and keeping photos. Her Dad wasn’t the greatest photographer though and most of them have the top of the heads chopped off,…
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Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Today is the feast of Maximilian Kolbe, a friar who died as a martyr in Auschwitz. He was born in 1894 in a small village near Lodz in Poland. His…
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The faith challenge

Sunday, August 11, 2019
Faith – how many times did we hear the word in our reading? 6. The word is mentioned some 400 times in the Bible, depending on which version you read.…
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Dominic and Dominicans

Thursday, August 8, 2019
There are two great founders of religious orders in the late-twelfth and early-thirteenth centuries. We are very aware of Francis. We enjoy the whimsy of him preaching to the birds;…
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Possessed by possessions?

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Good morning, it is good to be here. I wonder - do you have a cupboard under the stairs where possessions get put when you don’t know what to do…
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The art of hospitality

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Can I ask an indelicate question? Who here is in their 80’s? Or 90’s? Anyone older? Today we have that wonderful picture of the 3 visitors who come to bring…
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What kind of people do you want to be?

Sunday, July 14, 2019
It’s July 14th. Bastille Day in France. So, vive la France! Bastille Day was first celebrated in 1790, a year after the storming of the Bastille, and its aim was…
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