Tag Archives: hope

Bible Sunday: Being light in dark and despairing times

My goodness this has been a turbulent few weeks. The Westminster Parliament, or more to the point the government, has been in meltdown and the third Prime Minister this year is about to be appointed. The cost of living crisis … Continue reading

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Candlemas – Changing bad mood into song of hope

January can be a tough month. It’s cold, it’s dark in the morning when you get up, the bills come in from Christmas and even if you don’t suffer from ‘SAD’ – Seasonally Adjusted Disorder, it can feel gloomy. If … Continue reading

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Be the light

There is a lot going on in today’s gospel reading (Luke 2:22-40). It tells of a Jewish rite connected with childbirth and so has various names. It’s the day Jesus was presented in the Temple according to the Hebrew Law. … Continue reading

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Kingship with a ‘to do’ list – Living the fullness of Christ

Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King today brings us to the end of the church’s year. This is literally it’s crowning glory. Today is Near Year’s Eve for us as next week we enter Advent and the start of … Continue reading

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Hope in dark times: All Saints Sunday

I don’t know if you usually do something for Halloween – carving pumpkins, dressing up, having a bit of a scary time – or if you avoid it at all costs. I confess to being rather bemused by the whole … Continue reading

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A monster calls

The BBC seems at the moment to be choosing the films it shows very carefully. They know that people need a lift or perhaps something to inspire. Such a film, with a message for our time, is ‘A monster calls‘, … Continue reading

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Lent 1: Light – God’s presence bringing purpose and hope

This year we are travelling through Lent with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio. Three groups are meeting during the week and on Sunday, the sermon will explore some of the issues in … Continue reading

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People of faith, hope and love: Address to Annual Meeting 2019

Our nation is going through a time of deep challenge and great uncertainty at the moment. Parliament is deeply divided over what to do about leaving the European Union. Passions are high among the wider population and all sorts of … Continue reading

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‘Everything’s turning turtle’: Hope in dark times

Throughout Lent we have been exploring themes arising from the recent film ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. This picks up the story when the children in the first film have grown up. Michael, the young boy, now has a family of his … Continue reading

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‘Since you went away’: Grief and Loss

Throughout Lent, these sermons will be following themes drawn from the film ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, which was released in cinemas around Christmas last year. It is not necessary to have seen the film and the DVD release date is now … Continue reading

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