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Lectionary Sermon for Sunday 20 September 2020 based on Matthew 20: 1 -16

THE KINGDOM RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE UNWORTHYThere are some thought provoking truths in the stories and actions of those who are remembered in the history of our faith. However it occurs to me that a good part of the impact of … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 13 September 2020 on Romans 14:1-12

A simple question…..Do your beliefs encourage you to be kind? Stating we are following Jesus or his leading interpreters like Paul doesn’t mean we are all going to be uniformly kind. It is all very well to agree with St … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 30 August 2020 on Matthew 16: 21-28

The Carried Cross in the Tick-Box Age Turning then to the gospel today with its talk of carrying the cross, it looks like a hard ask. To be frank, it sometimes seems Jesus’ injunction that his followers should be “taking … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon (26 July 2020 ) Matthew 13:31-52 (The Mustard Seed)

The Parable of the Mustard SeedIt is not just that Jesus was a good story teller. Some of his parables carried a punch. If we know something of the background for today’s parable we may even find a challenge for … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 19 July 2020 Matthew 13: 24-30,36-43

THE WHEAT AND WEEDS IN A COVID CONTEXT It is not very hard to see what Jesus was probably driving at when he told the story of the wheat and the weeds (tares?). The useful and valued wheat plants (presumably … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 12 July 2020 on Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

FINDING NEW TRUTH IN THE FAMILIARDo you ever feel like yawning and quietly going into a dream about something else when one those best-known gospel parables reappears in Church for the umpteenth time. Today’s story is very likely to be … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 5 July 2020 on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Are we Christ to the Different? A few years back the English Methodist minister and writer, Colin Morris, was delivering a broadcast talk on BBC’s Thought for the Day on Radio four. Listen and reflect on one comment he made. … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 28 June 2020 on Matthew 10:37-42

Expressing Faith beyond the BuildingsToday the Gospel reading in the lectionary is short. If we take it seriously, it is also demanding. The notion of acting as if Church buildings are the only place to encounter religion may be partly … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon May 31, 2020, Pentecost Year A on Acts 2: 1 – 21

Challenged by Fire and MysteryMaking sense of the strange accounts of Easter and its aftermath has long been a challenge for Christians in a scientific age. And if that wasn’t hard enough, before we can reflect on much of the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 May, 2020 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

FINDING RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S SET TEXT? Some parts of the Bible are a real challenge for those seeking guidance for current real life challenges. Sometimes it is pure happenstance that a particular set reading coincides with a current issue. And … Continue reading

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