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Sermon for Advent Sunday: Tree of Promise

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.” (Luke 21:29-30) It is easy to take trees for granted. We are … Continue reading

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Have a very blessed Christmas

It is now very late in Advent, indeed as I write Christmas Eve is just a few minutes away. We spent most of today food shopping in preparation for Christmas dinner – we are expecting 15 or so on Christmas … Continue reading

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Sermon: You are to call him Jesus

A short sermon preached last Sunday, when the service included a baptism. It is a reworking of older material, the original sources of which I have long forgotten. Luke 1:26-38 The angel said to Mary “You will conceive and give … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes

Philip Doddridge wrote his Advent hymn in December 1735, under the title ‘Christ’s Message, from Luke iv. 18, 19.’ John Telford (The New Methodist Hymnbook Illustrated p.58) offers the following account of the author: Doddridge was the grandson of a … Continue reading

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The highway home

It’s not often that I travel outside London and when I do I usually travel by train. However on Thursday we had to travel to Bristol to visit my father in hospital and the train was a crazy price. The … Continue reading

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Sermon: Waiting

It seems to me that the world is divided into two groups of people; those who are good at waiting and those who are not. Our upbringing and culture has quite a lot to do with it. I remember many … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: O come, O come Immanuel

Advent begins early this year, the consequence of Christmas Day being on a Sunday.  This week’s hymn is one of the most familiar Advent hymns and I will be using it twice in worship on Sunday; in morning worship we … Continue reading

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