Tag Archives: Gospel-Matthew

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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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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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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