Category Archives: Sermons

Guarding the mind

There is a song, released in 1988 and again in 2000, by Bobby McFerrin, with the very simple message “Don’t worry, be happy”. It is one of those earworms which advocates just forgetting all your troubles and being happy. It … Continue reading

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Giving, loving, serving: Christ-like Obedience

We are in the season of party conferences. This week it is the turn of the Tories; we’ve already had Labour, the Lib Dems and the TUC. Many enter politics with high ideals and a desire to make a difference. … Continue reading

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Stress bananas, forgiveness and living the grace

There are all sorts of gadgets and toys to help with dealing with stress – stress caused by other people seems to be the focus. There are dashboard machine guns and missile launchers to blow the other drivers out of … Continue reading

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Calling to account: when two or three are gathered

One of the themes running through the readings over the last few weeks has been about how we behave towards one another. The sections from Paul’s letter to the Romans have given wonderful advice on the quality of the relating. … Continue reading

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Renewing of our giving: bare necessities and thanksgiving

Today I want to talk about money; your money to be precise! Money is a gift and can also seem a curse. Too much of it and we worry about keeping hold of it; about the value of assets rising … Continue reading

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Who do you say that I am… Finding identity as children of God

Jesus’ question in the gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-30), “Who do people say that I am?”, has a strangely modern resonance to it. We derive our sense of who we are from a number of sources and there has recently been … Continue reading

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Sound of sheer silence: Elijah’s prompt to radical prophetic action

What do you expect to happen when you pray? Do you expect anything? If you have a sense of God speaking, what form does it take? These are some of the questions that come to us out of our first … Continue reading

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