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About ramtopsrac

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

Light of the World – Creator God helping us shine our lights

I’ve got a new, warm, long, black coat, and today, much to our local headteacher’s amusement, I hid a set of Christmas lights wrapped round myself under it! Why? Because at school the long run in to Christmas is starting. … Continue reading

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Investing in the Kingdom of God – Matthew 25:14-30

It’s not easy talking about money, especially in a church, but the parable of the talents is first and foremost about money. I also wanted to talk specifically about the way the Church of England and the Diocese of Winchester … Continue reading

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Being a Saint; our part in God’s story ‘Shoebox Sunday’ – Matthew 5:1-12

It’s alright, I’ve not stopped preaching, honest. A couple of weeks ago I sat in the pews to enjoy the new vicar at work, and then last week I took our All Souls reflective service, which didn’t really have a … Continue reading

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Don’t get thrown out the party! Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14

It could be quite fun to be able to say that I know what it feels like to be thrown out of a party, but sadly I don’t. At college in the 80s I’d make all the effort, put my … Continue reading

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Celebrating God’s creation #Harvest Deuteronomy 8:7-18 and Luke 12:16-30

The hidden gem of the Parish of Eversley and Bramshill is that there is a mission chapel in the woods at Bramshill, where the locals still gather to worship once a month. It seats 24 – in old cinema seating … Continue reading

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Harvest prayers #VisitorChaplain #WinchesterCathedral

One of the particularly lovely bits of my monthly cycle of ministry is acting as a Visitor’s Chaplain at Winchester Cathedral. My normal pattern of activity during a shift is to perambulate the Cathedral, chatting to fellow volunteers (often guides) … Continue reading

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By whose authority are we living? Matthew 21:23-27

So this week provided the chance to talk about baptism at a baptism… sometimes I just love the lectionary! And I didn’t fall off the plinth the font is on either… In our Bible reading this morning, it’s Holy Week. … Continue reading

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Valuing those that come last – Matthew 20:1-17 and Philippians 1:21-end

With the licensing of our new Priest-in-charge things were a bit busy last week and I didn’t quite get to post the sermon. It was a challenge to the parish, that we responded to this week in our Baptism service. … Continue reading

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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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