Readings: Acts 11:1-18; John 13:31-35 Sermon: What Kind of Love is This? Yesterday I was privileged to be part of a celebration of women’s ministry in the Church of England,  25 years since women were priested, fifty years since they were admitted to the role of Reader.  It was a joyful celebration and yet…It is […]

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Readings Ephesians 6. 10-12; John 19. 10-16 Talk At the beginning of last month, Eve Saunders included these words in her intercessions: “We ask forgiveness for any part we are playing in the spread of ‘poverty of the human spirit’ over our world today – a dark spirit, which prizes division over unity, personal gain […]

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Mothering Sunday 31 March 2019 – Margot Fox

Mothering Sunday Talk Mothering Sunday is a day when we say thank you for the amazing way other people care for us, day in and day out. Sometimes we say thank you by giving something like a card, or a bunch of flowers. Often thank-you’s involve food – whether it’s a box of chocolates, breakfast […]

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Readings 1 Samuel 8.4-18: Luke 18.18-27 Sermon:  Challenging Poverty Do you remember the dragon Smaug in the films of ‘The Hobbit’? Wonderfully voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, he was the epitome of the hoarder of wealth – miserable, violent, his whole life spent merely guarding his mountains of gold. The preacher of Ecclesiastes would agree with this […]

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Sunday 17 March 2019 – Sarah Colver

Lent II: Sermon Series- “Seeing Afresh” Readings: 2 Corinthians 5.16-21: Luke 24.13-32 Sermon: Prologue In the Lent course sessions this coming week, opportunities are being offered to explore how being people of faith and members of a Christian community, the body of Christ, influences and changes the way we perceive and relate to one another […]

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Sunday 10 March 2019 – Shan Rush

Readings: Deuteronomy 26. 1-11: Luke 19. 1-9a Sermon: “Gratitude… is the heart of the Christian life.” These aren’t my words, but I do believe that gratitude is a key element of a Christian life. The words were written by the Christian mystic Thomas Merton (1915-1968). Whilst in solitude, Merton realised how much God had blessed him during his […]

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Sunday 3 March 2019 – Dr Alan Billings

Sermon The Christian faith is an accumulation of experiences. An accumulation of experiences that may be religious or not. Today’s first lesson is about one of those experiences: an encounter with God – though the setting is not religious. Moses is in the countryside, managing his father’s sheep and goats. A tad worse, I imagine, than […]

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Sunday 17 February 2019 – Sarah Colver

Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-10    Luke 6.12- 26 Sermon: Last night, sixteen people from 2 churches met at St Mary’s Walkley for a Vigil Eucharist – a new Mission Partnership venture. (If you were there, please accept my apologies in advance as I’m repeating again this morning some of what I said then; but there’s a reason for […]

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