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Sermon Archive

Easter Day 2019

Luke 24:1-12 Today, on Easter Day, thousands of people around the world are being baptised at this very moment. Last night on Easter Eve, thousands more were confirmed. This morning tens of thousands of people will be sharing in communion for the first time. Today around one third of world’s population will break bread as one global family. The day of Jesus’…

What Difference does Easter Make?

Acts 9:1-6     Revelation 5:11-14                        John 21:1-9 In today’s gospel, as last week and the week before, we hear of a resurrection appearance.  How strange and evocative they are, these eye-witness accounts of an encounter with a deep mystery.  They seem to me to capture extraordinarily well what it feels like to be in relationship with God – the atmosphere, if you like,…

Lent 3 (Year C): Hambleton 9.15, Langham 11.00

Isaiah 55:1-9                       1 Corinthians 10:1-13                   Luke 13:1-19 I’ve always been fascinated by politics and current affairs, so it’s a rare day when I don’t listen to the news.  But this week, something unusual has happened: I’ve found myself switching off, because I couldn’t bear to listen. You might think I refer to Brexit – and I am as disappointed as most of…

Luke 13:1-9 – 24th March 2019

Two deeply troubling events are on everybody’s minds. People are looking for answers, explanations, comfort, hope. But when Jesus gives his verdict, it’s not the response they expect. Everyone is talking about Pilate’s brutal treatment of some Galileans and the collapse of a tower in Jerusalem. You may think that Jesus deals with these two deeply troubling events in an unkind and…

Lent 1 Luke 4:1-11

One of the most popular hobbies at the moment is researching your family tree. Massive amounts of information are now available online as well as in church and civic archives. And a popular TV programme has fuelled this national obsession. For a special birthday present you might pay for someone to have their DNA tested and a map of their ancestry produced.…

Everyday Faith: Money

Everyday Faith: Money Introduction Welcome. In a sense, the whole of the spiritual life is about learning to let God love us. I do not mean, as a mind-game, but in practical reality. We are so attached to looking after ourselves, keeping ourselves safe, fencing out the dangers of the world. But Jesus calls us to take down our defences – so…

Teaching Eucharist

Teaching Eucharist: 10 February 2019 (4th before Lent), All Saints’ Oakham Parish Communion Isaiah 6: 1-8 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 Luke 5: 1-11 Introduce 1st hymn, procession, then first talk • Introduce self. Welcome to all, especially newcomers. Hope you will stay for coffee. • Something different today. Todays’ teaching is focused on the Eucharist itself. And, for once in a year…