29th October 2019

Christ Centred: Discipleship Luke 6:46-49

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A familiar parable that has loaned itself to an old chorus, been told many times in school assemblies and Sunday School groups, and been re-enacted in various ways. Familiarity breeds contempt they say, and because we are so familiar with this parable we know exactly what it means. It’s an evangelistic tool: on what have…
14th October 2019

Christ centred: the uniqueness of Jesus: Colossians 1:15-23

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When I  began this series I took issue with the strap line on our noticeboard. To claim to be God centred is fine for religious people, but we are more specific than that, because we are Christ centred. There are many people and faiths that are God centred - Muslims, Seikhs, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses,…
8th October 2019

Luke 16:19-31 

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In Matthew’s gospel Jesus says:  ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap…
10th September 2019

God Centred, Community Focussed

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Today we begin our series focussed on the strap line emblazoned on the noticeboard outside. Probably you haven’t noticed because these things become background and we don’t really read them. I don’t know how long this has been the strap line for the church, but presumably it is supposed to say something about who we…
2nd September 2019

I am the way – John 14:1-1

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If you know anything about John’s gospel, you will know that chapters 13-17 are ones that focus on Jesus’ farewell to his disciples, teaching them preparing them, encouraging them, before the coming disaster strikes and they are sheep without a shepherd. The backdrop to this saying is chapter 13. Jesus had been celebrating Passover with…
27th August 2019

‘I am the true vine’ – John 15:1-11

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One of the good things about this year is that I have done a number of weddings. I don’t think it has overtaken the number of funerals, but it does make life a little more cheerful! Also during my time at Emmanuel I have had the privilege of a number of baptisms and child dedications.…
5th August 2019

John 8:12 I am the Light of the World

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There are times when preparing the message for Sunday, there is so much buzzing round my head as a result of preparation, that I don’t quite know how to shape things or what to put down. Preparing for this week was one of those occasions. The links, connections and implications are extensive and they all…
29th July 2019

John 6: I am the bread of life

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Our Summer series is focussing on the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus found in John’s gospel: I am the bread of Life John 6: 25-51 I am the Light of the World 8:12-30 I am the Gate 10:1-10 I am the Good Shepherd 10:14-27 I am the resurrection 11:17-18 I am the Way 14:1-14 I…
22nd July 2019

Looking to God – Psalm 126

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So we have come to the end of our current look through Songs of Life. Remember at the beginning I said that one way of entering into the psalms is to see them falling into three broad groups - orientation, disorientation and re-orientation. This last psalm we are considering reflects all of those stages. This…
8th July 2019

Psalm 30 Thanksgiving

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Here we have the sort of psalm we like. It is upbeat, there is no calling down of vengeance, the picture is one of rescue and there is a sense of relief. When we’ve read this psalm we are not left feeling depressed. However, it is a multi-faceted psalm rooted in the experience of David…
1st July 2019

Psalm 46: Refuge

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What we have said consistently is that the psalms deal with life and our faith in God as we encounter life. The Bible doesn’t talk about a different world, but the world God created and placed us in. It doesn’t talk about impossible faith, but the faith of real people who lived in history and…
24th June 2019

Psalm 13: Lament

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When we began this series a while back, I suggested that we could look at the psalms from the perspective of orientation - everything is in its place and our relationship with God and each other was all great. It’s the sort of phase you want to last forever and you don’t want to have…