Am I a God nearby

I imagine that most of us have had the experience of playing hide-and-seek with a child so young that they think that if they can’t see you you can’t see them. You remember, that hilarious moment when the two year old covers their own eyes and says ‘I’m hiding!’. And you have to decide whether […]

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The Good Samaritan

I suspect that if ask people what the message of the parable of the Good Samaritan is they will say something like, ‘Love your neighbour’ or ‘Go and do thou likewise’. There are hundreds of hospitals and charities in the world named after this parable. We all know about The Samaritans of course. The parable […]

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Lighten our darkness…

O God, if prayer is like sun-bathing, then let us  enjoy the warmth of your love sweeping over us tenderly warming the coldness of sorrow or the greyness of our down beat days, and bringing light to flood the dark…. Amen  

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We all have dark places…

Jesus is in Jerusalem for a festival. But he goes first of all not straight to the Temple, but to the place where the sick gather hoping for a cure. A bit like going to London for the Lord Mayor’s parade, but getting off the train to go first to an overcrowded AandE department or […]

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Easter prayer

May Hallelujah be my song. May joy defeat my sorrow. My life revive my dying days. For Christ is risen, creation revived, and I am made new! Hallelujah! Amen!

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I rise!

Today is the greatest day of the Christian year! Rowan Williams recently said that the death and resurrection of Jesus is the centre point of all human history. That’s quite a day!   And as if that wasn’t enough, today I want to say that what we celebrate right now is not only Jesus’ overcoming […]

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Palm Sunday procession…

I wonder whether you have ever walked, or marched, or cart-wheeled, or sambad, in any kind of procession. My very earliest memory of all is of watching my father march with the band at a naval base – I was about two years old. I can remember the beating of the drum and the sound […]

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Overflowing love…

Last week I baked a simnel cake for us to share after church. Traditionally you put eleven little balls of marzipan on the top because they represent the apostles – without the traitor Judas. But I always put twelve on anyway – because I feel sorry for him. And because one of the sermons I […]

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A scandalous story…

Some of the hardest passages to preach on in the Bible are the most familiar ones. Whatever can remain to be said about the parable of the Prodigal Son that has not been said before and probably rather well? When you know it’s going to be the Prodigal Son, most of might be tempted to […]

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The theological problem

  Sometimes there are days when the Bible seems a million miles away from where we are and the concerns we actually live with – all those verses about not eating prawns or wearing shirts made of mixed fibres, all those dreams and visions of fantastic beasts with horns at the end time, and even […]

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A prayer for Lent

God, beside me, I ask you to accompany me through the days of Lent, and set my feet on the way of Jesus, that I may walk on my pilgrimage with a steady pace, breathing deeply of your Spirit and nourished by your grace.

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