St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Service Type: Four Lanes End Congregational

A rural church on the outskirts of Bury. It meets once a month on a Sunday afternoon with a congregation of around 24. There are  larger attendances once a quarter when many of those who have moved away from the area come back for the day.

Wade in the Water

Bible Text: Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Epiphany | With the recent assassination of Qassem…

Sunday, January 12, 2020
With the recent assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the inevitable response, there’s tension everywhere. If it escalates then you imagine that there will be violence and destruction and death, not…
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Delicate but tenacious

Bible Text: Isaiah 11:1-10 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Advent | What a lovely idyllic picture we have in…

Sunday, December 8, 2019
What a lovely idyllic picture we have in our reading from Isaiah today. Woody Allen once said of this vision: “The wolf shall lie down with the lamb. But the…
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Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly

Bible Text: Micah 4:1-5 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Remembrance Sunday | We’re going to try something different today….

Sunday, November 10, 2019
We’re going to try something different today. During the sermon there will be a call and response, the same one that we used in our prayers earlier. I want you…
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The art of hospitality

Bible Text: Genesis 18:1-15, Luke 10:38-42 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Pentecost | Can I ask an indelicate…

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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Jonah, Jesus, Fred and you

Bible Text: Jonah 3:1-5,10, Mark 1:14-20 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Remembrance Sunday | Did you notice it? In…

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Did you notice it? In Jonah we have the most mealy-mouthed, insincere, least-well-meant sermon in the whole Bible – and probably outside of the Bible too. It’s certainly one of…
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I am the gluten free bread of life

Bible Text: John 6:35 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Trinity | My wife is gluten intolerant. She has…

Sunday, August 5, 2018
My wife is gluten intolerant. She has coeliac disease. People who have it often start off perfectly healthy and develop the condition over time. It’s not a lifestyle choice or…
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Anything is possible but…

Bible Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Pentecost | Our Older Testament reading today plunges us straight…

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Our Older Testament reading today plunges us straight into chapter 37 of Ezekiel. It's like starting to watch a TV series when it’s already two thirds of the way through.…
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