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Advent Wake-up: Duty of Care for the Earth

On Friday we remembered St Nicholas, the original Santa, usually noted for being nice to children and rescuing girls from exploitation. All very contemporary concerns. Far from the flying reindeer and benign smiling, he has a passion in his story … Continue reading

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Prayer for a city centre church – Patronal Festival Sermon

Over the past few years I have written a number of prayers for various special occasions and moments when something specific has been needed – moments of celebration, moments of public grief, anniversaries and to accompany events or reflect significant … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Baptist – a divided nation at the crossroads

Our Gospel reading gave us John the Baptist (Luke 3:1-6). These next two weeks of Advent are John the Baptist’s starring moment. In these weeks of preparation he comes centre stage, since that’s his function, to get people ready for … Continue reading

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Being John the Baptists

I hope you will allow me a moment of personal reflection alongside our patronal festival this morning. Twenty-five years ago on Wednesday I was ordained as a Deacon in Canterbury Cathedral. It has been quite a journey over a quarter … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on John the Baptist’s inquisitors

I want to take you on an imaginary journey this morning. Imagine the scene. John the Baptist is drawing great crowds and clearly a popular movement is gathering pace. Some clipboard-wielding officials are sent to find out what is going … 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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Knocking on Herod’s door, loudly

Jesus was a northerner. While we are used to his birth in Bethlehem and his death in Jerusalem, both in the south, he grew up in Nazareth, to the west of Galilee in the north. There is something about the … Continue reading

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