Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday So, the day is near. Salvation is nearer now than it was when we first believed, or nearer than it was when we met last Sunday.. Does it feel that way to you? Does it feel as though salvation is near, as though the night is passing and the dawn is about to […]

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Christ the King – 20th November 2016

A friend of mine was once being interviewed by a political party because he was thinking about standing for parliament. It was all going well, until they asked him a question about party loyalty. Would he always put the party first? Would he put it above his own personal convictions? He began to say ‘yes’ […]

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Harvest – 2nd October 2016

I wonder whether you think of yourself as a glass half full kind of person or a glass half empty kind of person? I imagine that we all have a kind of tendency to go one way or the other, and each of us probably drives someone else mad with either our relentless chirpy optimism […]

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The rich man and Lazarus

I wonder whether we can bring this parable a bit closer to home… Perhaps you have read or seen the play or the film of Alan Bennett’s little book – The Lady in the Van. It’s a true story about the years when a woman lived in some squalor in a van parked outside the […]

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Balm in Gilead

The book of Jeremiah is not full of stand up comedy – it has to be said – but it has got some of the most memorable language of the Bible. In one of the highlight passages, we hear what is probably the voice of God, bewailing the sorrows of the people, as God looks […]

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Being lost and being found

I wonder if you can remember a time when you were literally, and obviously, lost. Perhaps you have a memory from childhood or from more recently, a memory of being lost, and you can summon up in your stomach that awful sense of panic, that sinking feeling..   Perhaps you’ve broken down on the motorway […]

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Costly discipleship

Luke tells us about a time when Jesus was flavour of the month, celebrity of the year, the man of the moment. Great crowds were travelling with him. For a few brief summers in the Galilean hills, it was the cool thing to do. We know little about the people who made up these great […]

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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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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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