Sermons

29th November 2020 Russell Braund

First Sunday in Advent

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Light in the darkness. Genesis 3:1-13 Do you remember Bazooka Joe’s? If you do, you are a ‘60s kid. For the uninitiated, Bazooka Joe’s were a bright pink lump of bubble gum which contained a tiny comic strip inside the wrapper - and my mum wouldn’t let me have it. It was full of sugar…
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22nd November 2020 Ruth Millard

God has empathy for us when we are isolated

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I wonder - what did you learn in lockdown? What if you learned something profound without even realising it? That’s what I want to talk about today My name is Ruth and for over seven years I have run a Christians Against Poverty (CAP)Debt Centre at Gillingham Baptist Church I am so grateful for you…
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8th November 2020 Russell Braund

Remembrance Sunday 2020

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Isaiah 2:2-5; John 14:27 ‘We will remember them. Lest we forget. Our glorious dead.’ On the gates of the memorial garden in Horley are the words ‘Their name liveth evermore.’ These different phrases are spoken every year at this time both on Remembrance Sunday and on 11th November as ceremonies taking place at memorials across…
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25th October 2020 Russell Braund

Church – but not as we know it: fellowship

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In 1993 I was asked to apply for the headship of a particular Church of England school. It was associated with the local parish church which is High Anglican. That means it is Catholic in practice but still within the Anglican communion. I really wasn’t sure about this as an evangelical Baptist. Was Catholic Christianity…
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27th September 2020 Russell Braund

Climate Sunday Part 1

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So we are in our fourth week of our new series, ‘Church - but not as you know it.’ What has Climate Sunday got to do with that? In any case, we spent about twelve weeks focussing on creation and the environment before the summer. Haven’t we done the climate bit? And what has it…
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20th September 2020 Russell Braund

Think upon your sacrifice: The forgiveness of sins

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Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher who said nothing endures but change. Change is the only thing that is constant, if that’s not a contradiction! Now I don’t usually quote Greek philosophers, unless it is to point out that as Christians we don’t see things their way. For example, our understanding of life after death and…
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13th September 2020 Russell Braund

It’s Church – but not as you know it.

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Coming back to the heart of worship: church on what basis? Suddenly on 22nd March there was just Chris Barnard and I in church and I was talking to a computer screen. The following week it was just me in my dining room trying to be the all singing, all dancing pastor. After a couple…
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6th September 2020 Russell Braund

Bless the Lord O my soul: Resurrection people

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Book recommendation: ‘Surprised by Hope’ Tom Wright. ‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at…
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23rd August 2020 Russell Braund

Proverbs 24:13-22 – Don’t fret over evil

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How are you finding Proverbs? Not perhaps a book to read from cover to cover, but if we don’t have some sort of system, quite probably one of those books we don’t look at very often. Also the Proverbs can seem a bit simplistic at times - if you do this, that will happen or…
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