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Reflection on St. Luke

by Michael Ellard Today we celebrate the life of St. Luke, Gospel writer and Evangelist, a person who wanted to share with others the importance of knowing Jesus in their lives. But when we mention the word ‘Evangelist’ most of us will probably think of the stranger who rings the front door bell at the…

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Reflection by David Pattinson for Harvest Thanksgiving

Reflection by David Pattinson                                               Harvest – Deuteronomy 8:7-18. Luke 12 :16-30 One of the joys of being in a walking group – I used to walk the Welsh hills every week – is that you have the time to engage in conversation that can have depth and meaning. I remember one such conversation which…

Reflection by David Perril – Trinity 17

Matthew 21.33-46 Jesus and the disciples had spent the night in Bethany, and they had returned to Jerusalem and entered into the temple.  The Chief Priests had just about recovered from the shock of Jesus cleansing the temple by casting out the merchants and money-changers,  and they were now challenging his authority to do everything that he was doing  – all the…

Reflection for Trinity 16

By Michael Ellard ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’  the crowds in the temple courtyard hear as the chief priests and elders of the city confront Jesus. It’s hardly surprising, for he has all but taken over the very centre of religious power for the region, driving out the money lenders and stall holders where they are now all standing,…

Trinity 15 – 20 September

Reflection by Vyv Wainwright – Reader  Once upon a time Mr Very Angry arrived in a car park in a small historic market town somewhere in the centre of England. He loved to drive around in his very angry red fast car and would rev his engine hard to scare the dear ladies of the parish. He parked his car where he…

Trinity Fourteen – 13 September

Sermon by Revd Steve Benoy It’s very good to be able to join you in worship today, whether here in the building or online. As you’ve heard, my name is Steve Benoy and I lead the team in the diocese which helps people explore if God is calling them to some kind of ministry within the church, whether lay or ordained. As…

Trinity Thirteen – 6 September

Reflection by David Perril Reflection Trinity 13  Matthew 18:15-20 The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &  John  – indeed the whole of the New Testament emphasises not only our identity IN Christ, but also the identity OF Christ, and the more we reflect on his identity the more we should be able to  appreciate Jesus, the more receptive we should be to…

A Reflection on Matthew 16.21-28

by Michael Ellard Over the past few weeks, the theme of our readings from Matthew’s Gospel has been on ‘discipleship’, with its exploration of its development in ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses, and what it means to be that disciple in Christ in our daily life. Today, Jesus lays the consequences of such discipleship firmly before us as he says, ‘If anyone…

Trinity 11 Matthew 16.13-20 “But who do you sat that I am?”

Reflection by David Pattinson Reflection Trinity 11  Matthew 16:13-20  “But who do you say that I am?” Who am I? One of life’s simple questions, but with a complexity of answers. And without doubt it’s been a question many have been asking themselves as the c19 pandemic has unfolded; as the landscape of work and play has been transformed in an instant.…

Sermon on Matthew 15.21-28

Tenth Sunday after Trinity 16 August 2020 The prophet Isaiah glimpsed one united humanity, gather together in God’s temple: ‘And foreigners who join themselves to the Lord…these I will bring to my holy mountain…for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’ (Isaiah 56:6-7) God’s plan is to bring the world together in one family, gathering a divided…

Reflection: 8th Sunday After Trinity: Matthew 14:13-21 “The Perfect Host”

Two thoughts struck me as I reflected on this passage. Firstly, it is not an easy passage to preach on. Because it is so well known, it is difficult for the preacher to find anything new to say. And secondly, this is certainly not an event which would be allowed under current restrictions – well above the maximum number – and food…

Ash Wednesday: remember that you are dust

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Potent words, used during the ashing ritual in a few minutes.  Words that toll like a bell.  I wonder how they resonate in your imagination? I will explore today a few of the resonances.  But before I do, let me repeat that what I hope to explore is how the theme…

Humans in solidarity with nature

“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Most of us would naturally take that phrase “to the ends of the earth” as meaning all human societies, everywhere.  But I want to explore with you the idea that God’s salvation is not only for people – but actually extends…

Baptism as inauguration of ministry

Preached at Langham, 12th Jan 2020. We are considering together, this Epiphany, what is God’s call on us – what is God’s heart for us as people, as a congregation, for our village and our world?  And today, we reflect on the Baptism of Christ, which very much contributes to our reflection.  I want to suggest two things: that this event, Jesus’…

John the Baptist calls us to repent

John the Baptist’s words in our Gospel reading (Matthew 3:1-12) spoke to my current mood.  I am full of dismay at the general election, as so many of us.  Horrified to be faced with a PM who says racist things – challenged by a Leader of the Opposition who fails to tackle racism.  A PM who is a known, inveterate and unrepentant…

Christ the King – Trustworthy Authority

A president who refuses to supply weapons to an ally, which is fighting to repel invaders from its territory, unless that ally helps him blacken the reputation of a political opponent. A prime minister who asks for the people’s trust, and they respond by laughing at him. A prince who stays mates with a billionaire, even after that person has served prison…

Why We Need the Bible

“Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope.” Do we need the Bible? That we need to take the Bible seriously is not self-evident in today’s world.  People nowadays tend to assume that we will find answers in what is new – the shiny…

How to Keep the Sabbath in Our Lives

Isaiah 58:9b-end                                  Luke 13:10-17 The common theme in today’s readings is the Sabbath.  The background is of course the fourth of the Ten Commandments.  This is actually a double commandment, to work, and to refrain from working: “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.  For six days you shall labour and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a…

What is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16                  Luke 12:32-40 What is “faith”? Well, it is partly about what we hold to be true. The definition in Hebrews 11:1 is famous: “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.”  Which may well be a description of what faith feels like when you are living it.  But it is not so helpful in…

Everyday Faith – Poetry

Talk on Poetry as part of All Saints’ Every Day Faith Series 7.8.19 7.30 Intro How do we live our ‘Everyday Faith’?  Let’s be honest!  It’s not easy.   I’m going to suggest to you that we live out our Everyday Faith by ‘giving our attention’ so that we can grow up both into our faith and also into our full stature as…

Everyday faith: Prayer

Prayer (I) BY GEORGE HERBERT Prayer: the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth, Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r, Reversèd thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear; Softness, and…

Housing the homeless: Project Sukkot

1st Sunday after Trinity (23.6.19): Housing the Homeless (Project Sukkot) Isaiah 65:1-9           Galatians 3:23-29              Luke 8: 26-39 Our gospel reading today tugs at the imagination.  It is hard not to wonder about this poor man – interestingly, we know the name of his torment, but not his own name – cast out from society, living alone among the tombs.  Whether we interpret…

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…