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4th Sunday of Advent — Sunday 24th December 2017   2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38   The theme of our readings this week on a day of anticipation before Christmas, is the gospel revelation that Jesus, Son of Mary, would also be Son of God and Son of David — the long-anticipated […]

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3rd Sunday of Advent — Sunday 17th December 2017 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28   In the reading this week from Isaiah 61 we hear the call to rejoice in the transforming, restoring gospel proclaimed by the Anointed Preacher.The transformation is in verses 1-4. The restoration of Israel to a place […]

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2nd Sunday of Advent — Sunday 10th December 2017   Isaiah 40:1-11 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8   In the fantastic passage from Isaiah in this week’s Lectionary, we are told: trust God in your weakness, and speak about him to others, because he remains true to his commitment to his people. Isaiah looks ahead […]

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1st Sunday of Advent — Sunday 3rd December 2017   Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37   This week sees the start of a new church year, Year B according to our lectionary. And the theme of our readings for this first Sunday in Advent is waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus […]

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2nd Sunday before Advent — Sunday 19th November 2017   Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 24:14-30   Our readings this week challenge the attitude of complacency that many have as they anticipate the end of all things. The day of wrath for some is a day of salvation for many, but only such […]

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19th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 24) — Sunday 22nd October 2017   Isaiah 45:1-7 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   The Gospel reading this week shows us that flattery does not get us anywhere with Jesus; that Christians should pay their taxes; and that God demands everything. The first thing we need to notice is […]

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18th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 15th October 2017   Isaiah 25:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14   In this week’s reading from Philippians, Paul exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord Jesus. Rejoice! Again, I say, rejoice! Paul says it twice, so it must be important. This seems to be an over-arching theme in this […]

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17th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 22) — Sunday 8th October 2017   Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46   The theme of this week’s collection of readings is that faith in Christ, with its fruits, is more important to God than the flesh and its privileges. Jesus startles the Pharisees and chief priests with a […]

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16th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 21) — Sunday 1st October 2017   Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   This Sunday, we focus on the magnificent Christ-exalting hymn in Philippians 2, which Paul uses to encourage us to imitate Christ. Some scholars think that this passage contains an early Christian hymn, which the apostle […]

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15th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 20) — Sunday 24th September 2017   Jonah 3:10-4:11 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16   This Sunday, we will be looking at the Gospel reading from Matthew 20, on the unnerving generosity of God. The parable Jesus tells teaches us three things. First, it teaches us that God is in charge. […]

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