Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sermon: Living water

3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A) Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 Of all God’s good gifts, water is surely the most important. It is an absolutely basic requirement for life; indeed, without water there would be no life. Water … Continue reading

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In praise of small things

This is one of my favourite times of year – after a week of warm weather it feels like Spring has really arrived. This morning I had one of those moments where I felt really connected with the natural world … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Jesu, thou joy of loving hearts

This Sunday’s lectionary readings from Exodus 17 and John 4 suggest the theme of “living water”. There are many hymns that reflect this theme – the hymns I have chosen for Sunday are: Jesu, thou joy of loving hearts Come, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Born again?

Nicodemus was curious. He wanted to find out more about this young rabbi Jesus, who was just beginning to come to the attention of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. Had Nicodemus already heard Jesus preach? We don’t know – it’s … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: The God of Abraham praise

Sunday’s Old Testament and Epistle readings both refer to the story of Abraham, so it is a good week to sing this stately hymn. ‘The God of Abraham praise’ was written by Thomas Oliver’s, one of John Wesley’s local preachers. … Continue reading

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Methodist Church criticises the Government’s alcohol ‘responsibility deal’

From the Methodist Church News Service: The Methodist Church has criticised the Government’s “responsibility deal” to tackle alcohol abuse, saying that it prioritises the drinks industry over the vulnerable. Rachel Lampard, Public Issues Team Leader for the Methodist Church, said:“We … Continue reading

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Sermon: ‘The world’s tempestuous sea’

First Sunday in Lent, Year A Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Note: this sermon is a development of an earlier post in the light of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. It draws on material originally written on the occasion of … Continue reading

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