Relatives…

Anyone who has ever watched Eastenders will know that it’s all about faamily… it’s based on a particular view of family loyalty, the central importance of the blood ties of family – and particularly of the small, nuclear family. This is a central theme in much of what we read, watch, think about and experience […]

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We are in the world…

This is, I think, the John’s Gospel version of the Ascension – as Jesus prays about what things will be like post crucifixion, and resurrection. He will not be in the world, but his disciples will be – we will be. He’s kind of saying that it’s OK because he has left all that matters […]

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Another sermon about love

We human beings are great at missing the point of things. I know, for a start, that we hear the criticisms people make of us more than we hear any affirmation. That’s why we all need to be a whole lot better at affirming each other than picking each other apart. And sometimes we hear […]

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Only Connect

Vines are such beautiful plants. I once grew one when I lived in a Manse with a greenhouse, not for grapes to eat or to make wine, but just for the sheer beauty of it. I love the way the branches wind and twist, the shapes of the leaves and the gentle, curling tendrils. Grapes […]

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Come to God…

Come to the meadow, to the still waters of God’s presence and be restored… Come with all that hurts and all that makes you afraid, come even though your life is shadowed by sorrow and live in fear no more.. Come to God in prayer and let God touch you with mercy and with goodness […]

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The Lord is my shepherd

We all know the 23rd Psalm pretty well. And a good thing too. It’s beautiful and comforting and strong and honest and full of hope. You can say it at many different moments in our lives and it sounds loud and clear. Like almost every pastor, I take it with me to death beds and […]

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The heart of the Gospel

There is lots in that Gospel passage to intrigue any of us; the insistence that the risen Jesus was not an apparition, that his risen body was flesh and bone and not only ‘spirit’, that his risen body bore the wounds from crucifixion, that he could eat fish, that the Scriptures had been fulfilled…(‘Which scriptures?’, […]

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On the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

O God, our rock and our redeemer, we give thanks for your servant Philip.We thank you for his long life, for his dedicated support of his wife in her vocation as Queen,and for his service to commonwealth and nation. We thank you for the Duke of Edinburgh award, for the work of the World Wide […]

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This year’s Easter

Last year, when we were living through the first lockdown, a friend of mine said, ‘I don’t want last year’s Easter’. She had gone to stay with her mother who was shielding, and it was a time when the churches were all closed. On the television she found some recordings of Easter services from what […]

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Next year!

As we all know, the Last Supper was probably, possibly, and certainly according to Mark’s Gospel, a Passover meal. In later times than Jesus the traditional thing to say at the end of a Passover meal became ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’… And it’s become a kind of phrase or saying that people use more generally […]

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God so loved…

This must be one of the most famous and oft quoted verses of the Bible –; ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life…’ I’m sure that most of you could recite it, could sing it, and […]

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God’s gift of the law…

I wonder what comes to mind if I say words like ‘law’, ‘commandments’, or ‘rules’. There is a kind of prejudice in Christian circles about laws and commandments, I think. And perhaps especially so among those of us who like to think of ourselves as ‘nonconformist’ Christians. I think this takes several forms. I can […]

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