31st December 2017 – Revd. Michael Bayley

Christmas and the family The most powerful image of Christmas is of the infant Jesus who is completely and totally vulnerable, completely and totally dependent on his mother. The vulnerability of the infant Jesus evokes a powerful response, a response which is always evoked by the miracle of a newborn child. It is a constant […]

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Midnight Mass 24 December 2017 by Anne Padget

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” Midnight Mass has always been one of my favourite services of the year.  Not just because it is the night before Christmas – and so the excitement of dawn awaits – but because for me it enhances something of the mystery of what we […]

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2 Samuel 7.1- 16                  Luke 1.26-38 Rejoice with Mary in the call, ‘Be blest, prepare the way!’                                         Kathy Galloway This Sunday, being both Advent 4 and Christmas Eve, gives an extra depth of meaning to the […]

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Sunday 16 December 2017 – Anne Padget

The Good News of Deliverance.  This is the phrase I was greeted with when first looking up the Isaiah reading for today on the website Bible Gateway.  This is how it titled this passage from the prophet and it certainly gave me food for thought.  Our theme for Advent, as we have focusing on throughout, […]

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Readings: 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, Mark 13.24-37 Waken our sleeping love, O God, to announce the coming dawn. Amen. What do you hope for this Advent? First of all, I must apologise to anyone who has come along to St Mark’s hoping to hear Rachel Mann speak this morning- you’ve got me instead! It is my […]

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 Remembrance Sunday

Why Remember? Why do we remember, what do we remember and what difference does it make? In churches and cenotaphs all across the country today people will pause to remember the signing of an agreement in 1918 which ended the war which ravaged Europe. Had it also been a commitment to long-term relationships of trust […]

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Homily for All Saints – 5 Nov 2017

I can’t help wondering who it is that each one of you will have chosen as your saintor symbol for your patchwork square, to represent those who have inspired and blessed you. But, put together with everyone else’s, when it is complete our patchwork will have 100 or so images, that have been created in […]

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Matthew 24 v30-35 This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock, a graphic that appeared on the first cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as it transitioned from a six-page, black-and-white newsletter to a full-fledged magazine. For its first cover, the editors sought an image that represented a seriousness of purpose and […]

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The passage we had for the Epistle  to the Romans may seem rather disconcerting. Chapter 10 verses 8 and 9 reads: “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For a person  believes with their heart and […]

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Genesis 1.26-end     Matt 12.1-11   As some of you will know, this occasional teaching sermon series came about after some conversations about ‘Christian language/ jargon’ ; at some point Charles Stirling said,  ‘There’s so much talk of us all being made in the image of God – but what does it actuallymean?’ Having being set […]

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