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Preparation

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Any decent decorator will tell you that 90% of the work is the preparation, and actually putting the coat of paint on is but the culmination of all the work. It’s the preparation that matters. Looking at it from a very different angle, the idea for the Basingstoke Canal began as an economical means of […]

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Advent Hope

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Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 What a mess our world is in. Brexit, whatever your opinion on the topic, seems to be pleasing no-one just now, and our nation is just as divided as it was on 23 June 2016, if not more so. Turmoil in the Middle East is a […]

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The law of love

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You may remember that Mr Mackay explained the rules of Slade Prison to a new prisoner in an episode of Porridge: “There are only two rules in this prison: 1 – do not write on the walls. 2 – You obey all the rules.” Fletcher explained the rules of Slade Prison rather differently: One: Bide […]

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Where do you sit?

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Mark 10:32-45 If ever there was a moment when the disciples didn’t get it, this is it. Jesus has just gone through yet another explanation about his death and all that that entails and he’s as graphic as he ever gets in describing his death. It’s as if all of that goes right over the […]

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Brend Name or generic?

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Mark 9:38-50 When I was young, I remember my mother’s painkiller of choice – I now realise that most mothers of small children have a painkiller of choice – was Anadin, which came in a striking yellow packet. You can still get them today, still yellow, design slightly less striking, for a mere £1.69 for […]

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Harvest Thanksgiving

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Matthew 13:18-23 1 Corinthians 3:1-9   A farmer turns up to evensong and discovers that he and the vicar are the only people there. “What shall we do?”, asks the vicar. “Well”, replies the farmer, “If I goes to feed my sheep and only one turns up, I feeds her.” So after four hymns, two […]

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Asking and not receiving

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James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a   Mabel prays fervently to win the lottery, but it doesn’t happen.  Bert prays for a hard Brexit, while Fred prays for the whole thing to be cancelled.  Both prayers cannot be answered.  Gladys prays with all her heart that her son won’t die, but he does.  Lizzie prays for her daughter […]

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God’s story, our story

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Mark 8:27-38   You may remember the 2001 film Iris, which told the life of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, particularly the tragic onset of dementia in her life.  Or more recently the film The Iron Lady which depicts something similar of Margaret Thatcher, although more controversially released before she died.   We all know […]

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Inaugural sermon

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This is the text of the sermon preached at the inauguration of The Spire Church, Farnham, on Sunday 2 September 2018, by the Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert. I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  with all humility and […]

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The last Sunday of Farnham URC

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2 Corinthians 5:16-20 If you want to see what trying to force people to work together is like, then tie two cats together by their tails and throw them over a clothes line. As we come, in just a few days’ time, to unite with Farnham Methodist Church, it’s good to reflect that negotiations have […]