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About ramtopsrac

Church of England Priest, child of God, daughter of the New Forest, wife and mother.

What is the culture of this church? Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35

I wonder what sort of yogurt you like? Do you prefer the thin, natural yogurt, that’s dribbly and perhaps a little sharp and acidic in it’s taste? Or perhaps, the thick, very set Greek or Turkish style yogurt, which almost … Continue reading

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Can we sing like Mary sang? Luke 1:46-55

Today we marked the Patronal Festival of St. Mary’s Eversley, and so the sermon is a reflection on The Magnificat: Do you sing for joy? When your emotions have been pent up, whether it be with confusion, fear and concern, … Continue reading

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Going the ‘long way round’ – Matthew 16:21-28

Much at St. Mary’s Eversley is now focused on preparing ourselves for the arrival of the new Priest-in-Charge of Eversley and Darby Green, and the work that will be done with him in the months and years to come, following … Continue reading

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I believe… we are the church Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20

As a nation we’ve just concluded the annual event that is the season of exam results, with the GCSE results being issued last Thursday.  The exams this year have been touted as the hardest for a while, with new curricula … Continue reading

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Being like the Elijah of the Canaanites

My deployment in Eversley continues – lovely to have a settled period of ministry, much as I enjoyed the peripatetic ministry of recent months. Today is 10th Sunday after Trinity and I felt the readings from Matthew 15:21-28 and Romans 11:1-2a … Continue reading

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It’s Jesus’ job to walk on water – Matthew 14:22-33

In our Gospel this morning, Jesus takes possibly the shortest retreat or holiday on record. If we assume he dismisses the now well-fed five thousand and his chastened disciples sometime before the speedy fall of a mediterranean dusk, and walks … Continue reading

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Tuning-in to God – Matthew 13 v1-9 and 18-23 Romans 8 v1-11

  I have spent much of this last few weeks listening. In the last week I’ve spent a few concentrated days fulfilling a long-standing commitment to take an annual personal retreat. I have sat in warm, dry surroundings and listened … Continue reading

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Doing the right thing – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end Romans 7:15-25

Doing the right thing doesn’t involve un-necessary guilt. I have a constant and irritating problem, and it involves a computer. Well, to be precise my laptop and our printer. Quite regularly the former will not talk to the latter, in … Continue reading

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Receiving Jesus, Being Jesus – Matthew 10:40-42 and Romans 6:12-end

Some words shared with the lovely people of St. Mary’s Eversley on this first morning of my deployment, when the Gospel seemed appropriately themed to ‘welcome’. Of surprisingly personal interest among the welcoming congregations were a couple we last shared … Continue reading

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Leaving the family – Romans 6:1-11 and Matthew 10:24-39

Last Sunday it was time to leave St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit for pastures sort of new in Eversley. I’ve been so busy since picking up the threads and meeting new people that I’ve not stopped to say thank … Continue reading

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