12th January 2020

A worshipping community – Psalm 122

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The psalm we have read this morning is linked to a series of pilgrim psalms beginning at 120 and ending at 134. I used Psalm 122 not because I am going to talk about it or explain it, but because it expresses the gladness and excitement of travelling with fellow believers to worship and enjoy…
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31st December 2019

Reflection on Luke 2:22

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‘O come O come Emmanuel...’ My favourite carol which expresses the solemnity and enormity of the Incarnation; it expresses the passing of time and the waiting; it looks to the fulfilment of prophecy. Whilst a serious carol with a serious tune, it is not gloomy or morose, because it recounts the hope of Israel and…
18th December 2019

A difficult birth: Luke 2:1-12 

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Well I don’t claim to be an expert on childbirth. I have some limited observational experience and it seems to me to involve a lot of effort and take a long time and is a bit messy. I was very grateful for the clean room and bed into which my children were born, and for…
9th December 2019

Luke 1: 67-56 – Zechariah sings

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So here we have the second carol of the New Testament. Hasn’t been among the popular ones sung at Christmas down through the years, although I do vaguely recall singing a version of this as a choir boy, as I did with Mary’s song. What this carol does is more profound than many of the…

Luke 1: 46-55  My soul magnifies the Lord

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So here we are at the first Sunday in Advent and we’re looking at our first Christmas carol. It’s not conventional, because there are no shepherds or wise men, no camels or other animals and no census or stable. To be honest it doesn’t really pass the test of being a Christmas carol - but…
19th November 2019

Romans 12:1-13 Christ Centred: beyond individualism

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We return to our theme this week: Christ Centred. We only have this week and next week left before we begin our Advent services. Today will be in two parts, with communion in the middle. Our passage from Romans comes towards the end when Paul has put together his argument concerning the grace of God…
11th November 2019

Remembrance Sunday 2019

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Read Isaiah 2:1-5 These verses from Isaiah paint an amazing picture of what the future will be. For the people of Israel this was to be a long way off as they were to pass through judgement, facing invasion, devastation and exile. Whilst these verses from Isaiah 2 are quoted each year at Remembrance, especially…
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…