Category Archives: curacy

Growing in new ground: deployed curacy

I wrote my last essay two weeks ago, handed in my training portfolio a week ago, and today it was announced that I am on the move, ministerially speaking. I see the Bishop to conclude the formal element of my … Continue reading

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Sound-bites… or sacrifice? A sermon for ‘Pip and Jim’ at Winchester Cathedral – Isaiah 40:27-end John 12:20-26

The Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral offer the curates of Winchester Diocese the wonderful opportunity of preaching at Cathedral Evensong towards the end of the curacy. It’s a daunting thing, but a huge privilege, and today it was my … Continue reading

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Living by the rules, or ruled by the Spirit? John 3:1-17

Back preaching in my curacy parish this week, and it’s Lent, a time to take stock of how we live by holding the mirror of Jesus’ teaching to our lives, and seeing whether we meet his expectations.┬áThe Gospel this week … Continue reading

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Does God want to change your mind? Matthew 1:18-end and Isaiah 7:10-16

  Here’s my sermon for the BCP services I led or contributed to at All Saints, Odiham on Sunday. The voice just about held out, and hopefully the 8am congregation weren’t too upset that I stopped the service briefly to … Continue reading

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Praying in Advent through five festivals

Regular readers will be aware that I’m currently on placement in the North Hampshire Downs Benefice. One of the mini-projects that I’ve been focusing on is leading the prayer element of a couple of Prayer Suppers in the Parish of … Continue reading

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Cutting out the canker – Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12 #Advent2

  I’m still on placement in the North Hampshire Downs, and was blessed today by a stunning run between the villages, scattering Redwings and other thrushes to the four winds, and narrowly avoiding a flock of Partridge who had less … Continue reading

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Christ the King – In Him, can we? Colossians 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43

This morning as part of my placement in the North Hampshire Downs I was in All Saints, Odiham marking the end of the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King. My reflections start with the super-moon and a … Continue reading

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Financial battles – 1 Tim 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-end

I was back in Old Basing celebrating Eucharist and preaching this Sunday, before being back on the road again next week. The Epistle and Gospel spoke about money, at times using some quite militaristic language I thought, but also about … Continue reading

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Being Brave and Honest – like Thomas (John 20 v19-end)

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!   We say that so easily, don’t we? Like Pavlov’s dogs, I said four words, and to mix my metaphors you parroted the response back. It’s easy to do isn’t it, … Continue reading

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Lenten Array (Sarum use) at St. Mary’s Old Basing

I was brought up with Lent being marked by church furnishings and vestments in a deep purple colour, the same as are used in Advent (and by some for funeral services). St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit however is a … Continue reading

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