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4th Sunday of Advent — Sunday 23rd December 2018   Micah 5:2-5a Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-55   The theme of our readings this week is the promised coming of a strong obedient ruler who will bring lasting peace to his humble people through his death. The prophecy of Micah to the humble hamlet of Bethlehem […]

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Third Sunday of Advent (Year C) Sunday 16 December 2018   Zephaniah 3:14-2 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Our readings this week speak to us of wrath, repentance, and rejoicing, reminding us that the coming of the Lord is a day we must prepare for well. John the Baptiser urged the people of Israel to flee […]

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First Sunday of Advent (Year C) Sunday 2 December 2018 Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36   The beginning of Advent is upon us, the new liturgical year (Year C in the lectionary). Advent is a period of waiting and eager expectation in the Christian calendar. Strangely for many, however, we look forward at […]

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Sunday next before Advent (Year B) Sunday 25 November 2018 Daniel 7:9-14 Revelation 1:4-8 John 18:33-37 This week’s Sunday readings encourage patient faith by showing us that the kingdom of Christ and of God is a kingdom that is not of this world, but one that endures forever. The message of the book of Daniel […]

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2nd Sunday before Advent (Year B) — Sunday 18th November 2018   Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 16 Hebrews 10:11-25 Mark 13:1-8.   This Sunday we read Psalm 16, which is an expression of confidence in God’s redemption and reward, because those who rely on him will not rot. Psalm 16 is a miktam, which is a […]

The Spiritual Director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare   Lord, lead us to our heavenly home by single steps of self-restraint and deeds of righteousness; through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.   This brief prayer is placed at the end of Psalm 15 in Common Worship Daily Prayer and the psalm was one of […]

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Remembrance Sunday — Sunday 11th November 2018   Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 1:14-20   The third Sunday before Advent is also Remembrance Sunday. This year, of course, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, when the bells first rang out on the eleventh day of the eleventh […]

The Spiritual Director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare Therefore my brothers and sister, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way my beloved. Philippians 4:1   I had forgotten the little chorus I sang in Sunday school about the wise man who built his house upon the […]

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All Saints’ Day (Year B) — Sunday 4th November 2018   Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44   The readings for All Saints’ Day glory in the long-awaited defeat of death by our risen and reigning Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah’s mini-apocalypse zeros in on a glorious vision of eschatological joy. He pictures a banquet of […]

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Last Sunday after Trinity — Sunday 28th October 2018 (Proper 25)   Jeremiah 31:7-9 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52   The readings for this week rejoice in the everlasting salvation that Christ has brought to his people, opening their eyes to see his glory as they approach him by faith. Jeremiah’s prophecy of a return from […]

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