Category Archives: Sermons

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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Being present: listening deeply and responding

I am a fan of the radio and tend to have it on throughout the day. Often, though, it is just a background wash to whatever else I am doing and I don’t really pay attention to what is on … Continue reading

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Peter Ball case review – Righteousness, Integrity and Safeguarding

Every now and then there is a debate about whether someone’s private life is relevant for holding public office. Does how they behave behind the scenes, as it were, matter for the job they have to do in public? The … Continue reading

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Guiding our feet into the way of peace

On the panels at either side of the church are a series of photographs by Wendy Aldiss of veterans of the Burma campaign during the Second World War.   These were taken to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of … Continue reading

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Pentecost – feast of the life-blood of the church

There are two words particularly associated with the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible. One means ‘wind’ or ‘breath’ and the other means ‘fire’. We know the wind blows due to movements in air pressure. Anyone who has seen the … Continue reading

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A narrative of hope: the treasure we share in the public square

Many people have found this a difficult week. The terror attack in Manchester on Monday, which killed 22 people, the youngest of which was just 8 years old, has shocked, appalled and deeply disturbed practically everyone. No one I have … Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come: Pledge to Pray

There is a longstanding tradition of seeing the days between the Feasts of Christ’s Ascension and the Day of Pentecost as a time of prayer looking forward to the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of watching … Continue reading

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