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Lectionary Sermon for January 7, 2018 Epiphany 1 Mark 1 : 4-11 (The Baptism of Jesus)

Baptism for What? The most thought provoking story I know regarding baptism comes from the days when royalty used marriage as a means of establishing new alliances and when only those who were particularly high born were considered good enough … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon 17 December 2017 (3B) on Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 and John 1: 6-8,19-28

FILTERING CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE POLAROIDS If we think back a few years…. is it just me – or has Christmas become more impressive. Plug in lights are now so common that they not only typically grace the tree, they now … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for December 10 2017 (2B) on Mark 1, 1-8, Isaiah 40 1-11

We live in a world where papering over the cracks has been elevated to an art form. Far from self assessment, getting ready for Christmas has come to mean responding to advertising, putting up shiny decorations, twinkling lights and listening … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 9 July 2017 on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

(This was posted for last week by mistake!!! Apologies…..I’m getting old!) Ours is not the first generation in history where people have displayed feelings of superiority when they involve themselves in conversations describing the shortcomings of those who have chosen … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 2 July 2017 on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Ours is not the first generation in history where people have displayed feelings of superiority when they involve themselves in conversations describing the shortcomings of those who have chosen different paths of enlightenment. It is an age old game where … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 15 January 2017 (Epiphany 2 Year A ) on John 1: 29 -42

The comedian Flip Wilson had a standard stock reply to anyone who ever asked him about his religious affiliation. “I’m a Jehovah’s bystander” he would say proudly. “They asked me to become a Jehovah’s Witness, but I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon 11 December 2016 (Advent 3 A) on Matthew 11:2-11

To me the biggest contrast between modern Christians and the earliest stories of followers of Jesus is that all too often these days the emphasis has become centred on what happens in acts of Church worship. This seems far removed … Continue reading

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