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Taking a leap

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Genesis 12:1-9 Hebrews 11:1-3 & 8-12 Psalm 91 Mark 1:16-20 This year is a leap year. 29 February is a special day which comes round only once every four years. 29 February is considered by some as a day to do something out of the usual, such as women proposing marriage to men. Radio 4’s […]

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Do you have a minute, Lord?

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Isaiah 35:1-10 Do you have a minute, Lord? I’m sorry to trouble you, but I’m a bit confused and bothered by what Isaiah had to say. I’m not quite sure what he was getting at. You see, deserts don’t blossom, and the crocuses aren’t out yet, even with the mess we’re making of your climate. […]

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Advent Hope

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Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:8-14 John 1:6-8 & 19-23 The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It’s dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And branches bending to the gale Against […]

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Remembrance Sunday 2019

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On Sunday 3 September 1939, the Elders at what was then St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Walton-on-Thames had a arranged for a wireless to be brought into the church, and at around 11.15 am the whole congregation was able to listen to that famous speech by Neville Chamberlain announcing the start of World War Two. […]

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All Saints

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Ephesians 1:15-23 When you read a job description, it tells you the qualifications that you need for the job. For instance, if you want to teach French, you need to be able to speak French. If you want to be a solicitor, you need a legal qualification. If you want to be a driver, you […]

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Goodness is not enough

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Luke 18:9-14 People often assume that the purpose of religion is to make people good.  You may remember the Good Friday hymn There is a green hill far away with its line He died to make us good.  And sometimes it is said of the dead, Even though he did not attend church, he was […]

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Being thankful

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Psalm 103 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 There was a Rabbi who once remarked that every morning people should get on their knees and thank God that they’re still on their two feet. Today we’re saying thank you, thank you to everyone in the church and thank you to God.  Our psalm is an outpouring of thanksgiving […]

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Dreaming of a beloved community

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Genesis 41:14-36 Revelation 7:9-10 Joseph wasn’t the only dreamer. There’s a story told of a family in the late 1930s. Like so many evenings mum and dad were at home and Jimmy was playing after dinner. Mum and dad were absorbed with jobs and didn’t notice the time. It was a full moon and some […]

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Miriam and Ben

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Luke 15:1-10 Imagine that you were there when Jesus was telling today’s story. Imagine that you were in the crowd, listening to him. Imagine how you might have felt as you heard Jesus telling that story. Today I want to tell you the stories of two very different people who might have been there that […]

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Dinner Party Decorum

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Luke 14:1, 7-14 Don’t think of this dinner party as a casual gathering of old friends. This is one of the social occasions of the year. The party is being held at the home of the “host and hostess with the most-est.” This gathering will be featured in next week’s Hello! with pictures showing fortunate […]