A preliminary observation.  With the referendum much has happened in the last 72 hours but just consider for a moment what has not happened. The government has not declared martial law, refused to accept the result of the referendum or imprisoned the leaders of the Leave campaign. Acceptance of a democratic decision is no small […]

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Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength to carry out the promises she has made; and bless those who are gathered here, that, sustained by service for others, we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life. Amen   It’s not very often that we pray for the Queen here at […]

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Prayer: God of grace and good news Send forth your Spirit to be with us today. As you speak your Word, may we hear it; As you show us your heart for the world, may we share it; And, as you call us to act, may we respond openly and with faith. Amen                                               Prayer for […]

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Recently, healing has been in my consciousness a lot – and very possibly in yours, given the conference we had with Ian Wallis last month and the Lent course based on Roan Williams book Meeting God in Mark.  A substantial part of this was concerned with looking at what the meaning of these healing stories […]

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Trinity Sunday comes at the end of the part of the church’s year during which we celebrate the defining characteristics of the Christian faith. Advent leading up to our celebration of the incarnation and Christmas, Lent and Easter and the resurrection, then the Easter season leading to the feast of Pentecost or Whitsun, the coming […]

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In the liturgy and iconography of the Pentecost story, it’s the tongues of fire and the sound like the rush of a violent wind that are most frequently and vividly depicted: the “Holy Spirit, rushing, burning, wind and flame of Pentecost”, as the hymn by Stuart Cross, second Bishop of Doncaster, expresses it. But St […]

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In the name of God, light and life and source of all joy in whom we live and practice resurrection. men.   The moment you step up into the pulpit- that’s when you know you’ve really made it! Today feels a bit different to that morning in November, when I could preach and you knew […]

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Chloe Elizabeth, today your names were proclaimed in public, names by which you will be distinguished from every other child of God, within this congregation and within the wider world. Today you are the focus of our attention as we gather here at St Mark’s. From the moment you were baptised, you were formally received […]

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Chloe Elizabeth, today your names were proclaimed in public, names by which you will be distinguished from every other child of God, within this congregation and within the wider world. Today you are the focus of our attention as we gather here at St Mark’s. From the moment you were baptised, you were formally received […]

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