Sermons

14th June 2020 Russell Braund

Tenants of the King: Fallen creation – an excuse to do nothing?

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Genesis 3; Romans 6:1-14 Inevitably the protests concerning racism have taken a violent turn as those who enjoy causing violence have taken to the streets. We all have the right to protest and demonstrate - that is what makes us a democracy. However we don’t have the right to cause violence and destruction. Our police…
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7th June 2020 Russell Braund

Be fruitful and increase in number..

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Gen 1:24-31; Ezek 34:1-4 Wendy and I share our garden with a variety of creatures. My favourite is the Jay when it visits - but they are shy birds and fly away at the slightest movement. We also have a very bold robin who will come up quite close when we are working in the…
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31st May 2020 Russell Braund

Pentecost: how do we grow from here?

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Acts 15:1-21I’ll refer to the passage read later in the sermon.I believe in the Holy Spirit. It is a one liner in the Apostles’ Creed, but expanded in the Nicene Creed to:We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.With the Father and the…
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24th May 2020 Russell Braund

The heavens declare the glory of God

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Read Psalm 19 I prepared and wrote this sermon sitting in the garden at the manse. I am thankful for having a garden to be in during this time and the pleasure of seeing things grow and just sitting out in the fresh air. We have had a changing relationship with gardens during our marriage.…
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18th May 2020 Russell Braund

Tenants of the King: Order out of Chaos

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As I reflected on the title I have given for today’s message I began to wonder if it was correct. Did God bring order out of chaos? As we read Genesis 1 the statement that is being made is certainly that God brought order, but as Christians we believe that God created ex nihilo -…
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10th May 2020 Russell Braund

The Peace Maker

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Read Isaiah 2:1-5 When has the world ever been free of war? Presumably only in the early days of creation and before Adam and Eve decided to take their own path and ignore God’s law. Certainly violence began in their family after the banishment, with Cain killing his brother through jealousy and anger. I did…
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3rd May 2020 Russell Braund

Tenants of the King

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Creation Genesis 1:26-31 : Today we begin a new series that focuses on creation and our place in the world. We cannot escape the changes that have taken place in the climate - not least because of the storms that we have been experiencing. There are island nations whose very existence is under threat because…
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26th April 2020 Russell Braund

Resurrection

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John 21: We are still reflecting and thinking about the resurrection this morning. It is after all, the most significant event of the Christian year and we believe that it is the pivotal point of history. Luke and John take time to underline the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, whilst Matthew is quite…
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21st April 2020 Russell Braund

Emmaus Road

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We are going on a journey today and in order to understand more of this familiar story, we need to try to gain an insight into the mind set and understanding of the two walking along the road. Remember they are talking about the events of Easter and reflecting on the life of Jesus and…
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12th April 2020 Peter Wright

Easter Sunday 2020

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Reflections on John 20:1-22 and the resurrection of Jesus in light of an Easter spent in lock-down.  It’s good to hear these familiar passages read to us isn’t it, it’s rather comforting in a way. At Christmas we read the story of the Nativity, at Pentecost which will be in a few weeks, we’ll be…
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5th April 2020 Russell Braund

Palm Sunday

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Reading: Hab 3:1-2; 17-19 It is always a challenge to know what to say on the key points of the church’s calendar. I don’t want to be repetitive, but it is difficult not to be! Fortunately a whole year has passed since we last thought about Palm Sunday. This year we reflect on Jesus riding…
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29th March 2020 Russell Braund

Community Focussed: Prayer as one body

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Genesis 1:26-27 - Listen to this encouragement to pray: If you meet with difficulties at work, or suddenly doubt your abilities,think of him (Stalin) and you will find the confidence you need. If youfeel tired in an hour when you should not, think of him (Stalin) and your work will go well. If you are seeking…
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