Remembering to thank God

HT BCP 8am 2 Kings 5.9-16, Psalm 118.1-9, Galatians 5.16-24, Luke 17.11-19 Homily 28th August 2016

If we had hymns in this service I would have chosen Great is thy faithfulness as it has the lovely refrain which reads More

The Christian faith is augmented reality. Pokemon Go shows us how!

Luke 12.32-40 10:30am Family service with baptism. HT 7th August

Puppet Ben talks about; His mobile phone – playing Pokemon go. Gotta catch them all. What is Pokemon go? What is augmented reality? Involves lots of walking. Catching Pokemon (small animals) with a Pokeball. Ben is prepared for his journey; water, Pokeballs, batteries. Where will the journey take him?! More

Expecting God to turn up: A service about Healing.

James 5:13-16, Luke 7:2-10 Healing service Morning HT 31st July 2016

When you come to church, do you come with an expectation that God will turn up? After all, Matthew 18:20 scripture does say that when two or three are gather, there I will be also. Also in 1 Cor 5:4 Paul talks about the “power of our Lord Jesus” being present when Christians are “assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus”.
But what expectations should we have? Do we expect to feel a buzz of excitement or thrill? Do we expect to sense a deep peace, of comfort from the traumas of our daily lives? Or perhaps we don’t expect God to do anything at all but hope he might be there?! More

Learn from the past

HT 8am 24th July 2016: Hosea 11.1-11, Colossians 3.1-11, Luke 12.13-21

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. You may have heard this quote before and in this time of unnerving flux and change, it is a wonder whether lessons have been learned from the past at all. Yet this was Pauls message to the people of Corinth. Paul, by alluding to the time of exodus was warning the people of becoming too complacent in their faith by relying on their spiritual experiences and adherence to the sacraments. They boasted that they were safe from God’s destruction by relying on God-given means of grace and experience rather than on God himself. More

Set fire to those Todo lists!

HT 8am Luke 10.38-42 Amos 8.1-12, or Colossians 1.15-28  16th July 2016

But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

I don’t know about you but it seems the older I get the more I need to keep lists of things I need to do.  Life gets soo busy doesn’t it?  And the busier life is the harder it is to remember everything. Demands from family, friends, work and, dare I say, church!  My to-do list is never ending with things to buy, places to go and people to meet.  I wonder if you have similar lists of things to do? More

Loving the demonized. Short Homily

Galatians 3.23-29, Luke 8.26-39 8am Homily HT.

In one of my former careers at a college, the end of the academic year always involved a time of staff training.  I remember that at one of these training days the team was gathered around a table for a team building exercise.  During the team building session, the team leader asked for each of us to reflect a moment on our colleagues.  They then asked us to pick a particular team member with which we found difficult to work with and write down all the faults of this person.  They then invited us to share this faults along with the person’s name with the group.  Now, as you can imagine, I was appalled by this and felt I had to step in.  So, before the exercise began I spoke up by telling a story of  an encounter with a Nun I met while on retreat.  I said that the Nun told me that the things we do not like in other people are usually the things we dislike in ourselves.  After a moment of silence by the group, I realised that my point had incidentally put paid to the exercise as no one was willing to complete the task.

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Easter sermon 2016 John 20:1-18

Happy Easter everyone! Have you had your Easter eggs?  Have you eaten your chocolate yet?  For those of you who gave up chocolate for lent today celebrates not only the Risen Christ! But also the beginning of eating chocolate! Yay! However, Easter is not only about eating far too much chocolate.

Then there are also the films on TV to watch this weekend as we all crash out after Sunday lunch of possibly roast lamb.

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