Homelessness

Jimmy is a traditional ‘man of the road.’  Someone who has chosen to be of no fixed abode and wouldn’t thank you for the offer of settled accommodation – ‘too much trouble, too much responsibility’.  Possessions on his back, bedding also, he wears a knowing, yet strangely contented, expression – greeting those he meets with […]

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Sermon preached on 22nd January 2012

“Wedding guest turns water into abundant wine. A servant from a rich household in the peasant village of Cana reported that a large number of guests, including a woman called Mary and her son, Jesus, were at a wedding feast. The guests were having a good time until someone realised the wine had run out. […]

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Making Jesus Visible

I decided to go to church.  Not because 1 wanted to be saved, nor because l wanted solace from the cross.  Rather, I wanted the comfort of other people’s faith.  I like to be anonymous among the hymn-singing crowd, the stranger at the door who doesn’t have to worry about the fund for the roof […]

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Naming of Christ

When working as a college Chaplain in Cambridge, the first official event of the new academic year for the incoming students was the Chaplain’s tea party. Around 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, the Old Library would start to fill with self-conscious freshers eager to impress and make friends. Before long there was a hubbub of […]

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John the Baptist – fore-runner or mentor?

‘Why then are you baptizing, if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John 1.25 These days I’m not so often in church at this point because I’m part of the team who’re doing Godly Play sessions with the under 11s. Basically we set up the upstairs room to be a sacred […]

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John the Baptist – fore-runner or mentor?

‘Why then are you baptizing, if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John 1.25 These days I’m not so often in church at this point because I’m part of the team who’re doing Godly Play sessions with the under 11s. Basically we set up the upstairs room to be a sacred […]

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Keeping Faith

In a few minutes time, each of us will be invited to pray, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer, but I wonder what comes to mind when you recite them or what it is you are praying for or, indeed, against? In the popular imagination, […]

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Keeping Faith

In a few minutes time, each of us will be invited to pray, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer, but I wonder what comes to mind when you recite them or what it is you are praying for or, indeed, against? In the popular imagination, […]

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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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