Tag Archives: Pentecost

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

Posted in curacy, sermons, theology - how God fits in | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in curacy, ministry, resources, theology - how God fits in, worship | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

More stoles and stories: red Ordination stole – and purple too!

Some while back I took delivery of what I thought would be my ordination (white – Christmas/Easter/Weddings) stole and the green (‘ordinary time’) stole, and now my stole maker has completed the red (Pentecost and Saints Days) and Purple (Advent … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bittersweet Pentecost – Thank you St. Peter’s Yateley

Ever since Pentecost 1988 when I first acknowledged an encounter with God as being through the power of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost has been special. A time to celebrate that God’s power is so much more than we can imagine, … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, theology - how God fits in, worship | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Stones into bread #givingitup 10th March #Lent2014 Matthew 4v1-4

If anyone tells you that the Church of England, or the Diocese of Winchester in particular, don’t do change… DON’T believe them! Today was Deacon’s Day in the Diocese of Winchester, and despite what I’d been led to expect it … Continue reading

Posted in curacy, ministry, ordination training, theology - how God fits in | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Here endeth my Reader Ministry

Today, Pentecost 2013 marks the end of my Reader Ministry. The different diocese of the Anglican church are not known for their consistency in approach to patterns of, or peoples development through, different ministries. But in the Diocese of Winchester … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, ordination training, worship | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

DARE to carry the flame of the Holy Spirit – John 15:26-27 16:4-15 and Acts 2:1-13

Here is the DARE that I gave the people of All Saints, Minstead on Pentecost Sunday. More information about the service, the liturgy and the local pub are in my previous post here. You will note that I make reference … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, sermons, theology - how God fits in, uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Service for the Celebration of Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday I had the privilege of leading and preaching at the church of All Saints, Minstead (at the invitation of the incumbent Revd Dr James Bruce). This was the church in which I was baptised, confirmed and married. … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, resources, theology - how God fits in | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Four gifts of the resurrection – Luke 24:36-48 (and a testimony from discernment)

In the sermon that follows, you will find my personal testimony of Christ’s presence and peace, as I experienced it in Ely in the hours immediately before my recent Bishop’s Advisory Panel, the final stage in the┬áprocess of selection for … Continue reading

Posted in life, ministry, sermons, theology - how God fits in | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Encounter Baptism and Thanksgiving – reflections on the first session

At the end of October we had our first ‘Encounter’ session, to which those who had expressed an interest in having children baptised were invited. I laid out the plan of the day here, and thankfully it pretty much went … Continue reading

Posted in ministry, theology - how God fits in | Tagged , , | Leave a comment