Cancelling Debt

This is the fourth in our sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer and by now it will have become apparent that although this prayer consists of various acclamations and petitions they are intimately related to one another to the extent that it is inconceivable, for instance, to hallow God’s name without also seeking justice within […]

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“Give us this day our daily bread”

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. This is the third sermon in our series on the Lord’s Prayer.  In the first, Michael Bayley helped us to recognise the intimate link […]

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Honouring God

“The Lord’s prayer is Christianity’s greatest prayer.  It is also Christianity’s strangest prayer.  It is prayed by all Christians, but it never mentions Christ.  It is prayed in all churches, but it never mentioned church.  It is prayed all Sundays, but it never mentions Sunday.  It is called the ‘Lord’s Prayer’, but it never mentions […]

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A Strange Kind of Justice

I don’t know if you have noticed how the Three R’s are experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment and not only in the field of education where the tried and tested, ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’ continue to be the flavour of the month, at least for some members of the Conservative Party. But […]

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Sermon preached on 4th September 2011

Last week in the sermon I focused on loving our neighbour through offering hospitality. I touched on the challenges that arise when we are called to demonstrate love towards those who are different to ourselves, especially those marginalized by their social and economic backgrounds. For me, this highlighted that we might experience conflict between carrying […]

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Sermon preached on 28th August 2011

Cast your mind back to early in 2009. St Mark’s is in vacancy and into the service, just as it is about to begin, walks someone new. They are greeted by the welcome team, handed a service sheet and take their seat near the back of church. They are nervous with preconceived ideas of what […]

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Caesarea Philippi

When did those first disciples of Jesus begin to realise that there was something, not just special, but very special about him.  There must always have been something special about him to persuade the Twelve to follow him in the first place.  The life they were leading was not comfortable.  They were wandering around the […]

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Hungry for faith?

We’re launching the Church website today, and you’ll see that my profile says that I am “tolerant” – I have to say that this week I have felt rather less so, maybe I should be tagged as the “Intolerant Preacher”! Coming back from a holiday abroad to scenes of violence and looting on the streets […]

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Hungry for faith?

We’re launching the Church website today, and you’ll see that my profile says that I am “tolerant” – I have to say that this week I have felt rather less so, maybe I should be tagged as the “Intolerant Preacher”! Coming back from a holiday abroad to scenes of violence and looting on the streets […]

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Covenants of Love: Glory

‘There’s glory for you!’, said Humpty Dumpty.  ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.  Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t – till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”’  ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.  ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty […]

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