Prayer for using gifts with humility

Prayers of thanksgiving & intercession for the 4th Sunday in Creationtide, following a sermon on Philippians 2:1-11 (with an eye on verse 13) We give you thanks, God our creator, that you have given us, not just life, but the means of flourishing. Your gifts to us enable humankind through science to explore, better understand, […]

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The end of the world as we know it

Sermon by Peter Henderson based on the gospel reading: Mark 13:1-13 Introduction I can vaguely remember, as a small child, getting quite upset about something that was not going my way, and my mother saying to me: 
“It’s not the end of the world, you know.” And it turns out that she was right! But, […]

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Jesus stands among us

Part 1 – John 20: 19-23 I have long thought that John wrote his gospel on the assumption that his readers (or hearers) were familiar with at least one of the earlier three. In this short passage about an appearance of the risen Jesus he alludes to all three of the other gospel-writers. We get […]

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A second half of life church

I think I can say with some confidence that most of us are in the second half of life. We are an over 50 sort of congregation, at least. Though of course many of us will say that we will feel just the same inside as we did when we were in our 20s.. But […]

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A prayer

O God, who desires that each of us should flourish and live in joy and peace, let your love shine upon us like the sun, that we may turn our faces to you and grow in strength, unfurling and unfolding in your sight, that we may truly live and richly praise you, now and always, […]

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The great cloud of witnesses

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight.. and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.. ‘ Hebrews 12: 1 This is one of those great inspiring passages from […]

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Aaron’s blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen. Aaron’s blessing in Numbers chapter 6

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Who am I really?

Reflections on dementia and childhood Unwinding after a day at a meeting of Synod, where I had kept some of my opinions tactfully to myself, I slumped in front of the TV and saw the comedian and writer David Baddiel interviewed by Jonathan Ross. I had recently read a shorter version of an article by […]

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