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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Sunday 10 February – Ela Nutu

Readings ISAIAH 6:1-8. A Vision of God in the Temple – revelation to Isaiah; calling / commission 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six […]

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Sunday 20 January – Janet Morley

Homily for St Mark’s 20 January 2019 to accompany the presentation of the learning principles survey. Epiphany 3, 1 Cor 12.1-11, John 2.1-11 The lectionary has given us two wonderful and fascinating passages to address our theme. To begin with the gospel. It contains a saying which strikes me as one of the most comforting […]

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Sunday 13 January – Mark Newitt

A week – Harold Wilson reputedly said – is a long time in politics. So too a week, it would seem, is a long time in the Revised Common Lectionary. Last week we had a infant Jesus being visited by Magi, this week we have a fully grown up Jesus being baptised by John… It […]

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In the 1662 Book of, Prayer the feast of the Epiphany, which we are celebrating today, has the subtitle ‘The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.’ It is an example of the way the narratives around Jesus’ birth illustrate vital aspects of the Christian faith. One commentator (Reginald Fuller in Harpers Bible commentary) suggests: “The […]

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Sunday 23 December 2018 – Rev Sarah Colver

Micah 5.2-5a     Luke 1.39-55 ‘We light a candle for all God-bearers saying ‘yes’ to God’s challenge accepting the pain and joy of an unknown future ‘ This, the final sermon of our Advent series, falls on the Sunday when we’re poised on the brink, about to move from waiting to celebrating. Despite the many carol […]

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Sunday 9 December 2018 – Michael Bayley

“Your letters kept hope alive at the darkest hours of need” Tomorrow, 10th December 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of a document ratified by the United Nations assembly that proclaimed the rights to which everyone, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth […]

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