Monthly Archives: March 2017

Interviews with the Jesus Killers

Last year I had the Junior School in church learning about what we did in church at Easter. We went through the Easter story, dressed the kids up as priests and even washed one lad’s feet. In the questions part one kid asked ‘Why did the same crowd cheer for Jesus on Sunday and shout crucify him on Friday?’. This is the question that I wondered about as a kid and everyone wonders really. What is it about people that makes us do things like that?  The disturbing thing about the Easter story is that everyone in it is very ordinary. The things that they do are commonplace in some

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Sermon podcast for Mothering Sunday 2017

This week our reading is taken from Luke 2.33-35 read it aloud below: And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ Click the link here to listen to the Sermon podcast

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Sermon podcast for the Third Sunday of Lent 2017

This week our reading is taken from John 4.5-42 read it aloud below: So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)

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Sermon podcast for the Second Sunday of Lent 2017

This week our reading is taken from John 3.1-17 read it aloud below: Nicodemus Visits Jesus Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and

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Sermon podcast for the First Sunday of Lent 2017

This week our reading is taken from Matthew 4.1.11 read it aloud below: The Temptation of Jesus Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple,

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Lent – what’s it about?

A few years ago I walked into a Weight Watchers’ meeting by mistake. It was a very austere and almost religious meeting. The talk ended with the phrase, “so don’t tell me that you don’t know how you’ve put on weight because you do.”  Lent sometimes can seem a bit like a Christian version of a diet plan. In fact Lent is very different; Lent literally means spring. In spring the world comes back to life not by its own efforts but by the warmth and sunlight returning. Like the crocuses in the churchyard, they have been there all winter, yet in the spring they open up again. In Lent

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