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Holiness

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Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 There’s a story told that in the early in the nineteenth century, the King of Prussia, Frederick William III, found his nation in great trouble. He had been attempting to bring prosperity to his land, but constant wars had drained the treasury. So, he wrote an […]

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Holocaust memorial day

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Luke 23:32-34 Job 2:11-13 Micah 6:1-8 No one can deny the power of a good court room drama, whether it’s Rumpole of the Bailey, a classic film or play like Agatha Christie’s Witness for the prosecution, to finding out what’s going to happen to Brian Aldridge shortly at Borchester Crown Court. We hear charges of […]

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Compromise and challenge

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Galatians 2:1-14 A son asked his father the difference between love and marriage. His father replied that love is blind, but marriage is an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been married, you’ll know that after you get married to someone and set up a home together, you always discover things about your partner that you simply […]

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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 […]