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At a service of thanksgiving for the life of Joyce Belcher

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Proverbs 8:1-14 Colossians 2:2-5 I can only describe Joyce as a Farnham institution. She knew so many people, in so many different contexts, and I never heard anyone say a bad word about her. I think the reason for this was her wisdom. Joyce always had something wise to say, if you asked her, and […]

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Rejecting God

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1 Samuel 8 Mark 3:20-35 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Questions of leadership seem to be very much in the air these days, not least this week. Sepp Blatter’s re-election seemed extraordinary to many of us, like a newly invented alloy that never wears out whatever is thrown at it or how bent it is. Indeed, it […]

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Visions of the glory of God

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Ezekiel 1:1, 4-10, 22-28a Revelation 4:1:1-11 Tonight isn’t about literal truth, or about logic or proof, but about visions. Ezekiel said, “I was among the exiles by the River Chebar; the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God”. In Revelation we read, “after this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood […]

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On Trinity Sunday

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Matthew 28:16-20 Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-31 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 If you’ve come wanting a learned lecture on doctrine, you’ll be disappointed. If you’ve come expecting a history lesson, you’ll be disappointed. If you’ve come expecting scientific explanations or logic deductions, or things empirically provable, you’ll be disappointed. If you’ve come expecting not to understand a word […]

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Love, law, and the gospel

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1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17   From the earliest days of the Church, and indeed from before the foundation of the Church, there has been a conflict between two world views.  That conflict can be summed up as being between Love and Law or, if you prefer, between salvation by faith and salvation by works.  […]

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Advice to the new King

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With acknowledgement of an article by the Bishop of Sheffield: I Kings 12:1-14   There are more trees per square mile in Surrey than any other county in England, and Farnham has it’s beautiful Georgian town centre. However, you don’t have to look much further than the town centre to find, even in Farnham, people […]

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Philip and James

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1 Corinthians 15:1-8 John 14:1-14 Disciples are like buses today – you wait for ages, and then two turn up at once. Today’s the nearest Sunday to the day in the church calendar when we celebrate the feast of two of the apostles: Philip and James. We celebrate two of them together because of the […]

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70th Anniversary of VE Day

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Matthew 5:38-42 Isaiah 2:2-5 Ephesians 2:13-22   As a boy I remembered a bench being installed in our town, with an inscription “in thanksgiving for forty years of peace in Europe” – I think it must be been featured in the local newspaper, benches not being so very memorable, except for that one that was […]

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Good Shepherds

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Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-end John 10:11-18 Well it’s hotting up. The General Election is round the corner, and most of us are feeling a mixture of battered and bewildered by the barrage of promises, the endless stream of claim and counter claim. Those of us who aren’t economists really have little idea what pledges […]

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Open Minds

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Acts 3:12-19 Luke 24:36-48 A man walked into a corner shop with a shotgun and demanded all the cash from the till. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in […]