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Father Hugh Bowron

Different loads
Ordinary 14 : 9 July 2017
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We are all called to play our part, but not all parts are the same and that should not worry us.

Father Hugh Bowron

Pentecost Double Bill
Pentecost : 4 June 2017

Spirit at work
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On the feast of Pentecost, Our Vicar looks at how The Holy Spirit works wonders with us.

Bishops past
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and at Evensong he discusses the special contributions of early Bishops of our diocese – just as a new one is about to be appointed.

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Advocacy
Easter 6 : 21 May 2017
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In some ways Christ may be seen as our advocate with The Father. But can we effectively advocate with Him directly?

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Places
Easter 5 : 14 May 2017
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The emperor Constantine’s mother, Helena, initiated a new development – the identification of places which were a geographical part of Jesus’ life and the habit of visiting them. Is this a good thing? – a useful thing? – a distraction?

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Shared history
Easter 4 : 7 May 2017
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This morning we dedicated the Woodhouse memorial window, recently recovered from the deconsecrated Holy Cross church and installed at Saint Peter’s. Our Vicar looks at some of the shared history of the two parishes.

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20 Scenes
Easter 3 : 30 April 2017
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Something of a movie buff, Our Vicar looks at this morning’s Gospel reading with a film critic’s eye – and finds a truth.

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Sources of Faith
Easter 2 : 23 April 2017
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’Is it a religious experience that brings people to belief in faith?’ Listen for Our Vicar’s answer.

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Nothing New
Easter Day : 16 April 2017
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We are inclined to think of scepticism as a modern habit, but it was alive and well even at the time of the first Easter. So how did Christianity grow, spread and prosper for 2000 years and counting? Our Vicar explains.

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Looking back
Good Friday : 14 April 2017
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We tend to look back on life and wonder ’what if’ – but Christ’s life is a template for the future.

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Earthquake
Palm Sunday : 9 April 2017
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Today's Passion Narrative describes an earthquake occurring just after Jesus breathes His last. Why does it get such heavy-handed coverage?

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Skirmishes with death
Lent 5 : 2 April 2017
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Death, ’the last enemy’, is part of life, but for Christians it is more than that.

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Confronting Evil
Mothering Sunday : 26 March 2017
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Was Jesus just young and stupid when he provoked those around him, or was it all part of God’s purpose?

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Luther and Us
Lent 3 : 19 March 2017
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Five hundred years after Martin Luther nailed his theses to a church door, this morning’s Epistle reading is central to Luther’s argument. So what can we learn from this in the 21st Century?

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Growing Up
Lent 2 : 12 March 2017
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’ ...we might take a deep breath and use this Lenten season to identify the needy, immature ... bits of ourselves ... and ask Him to surround those not so wonderful parts of our lives with compassionate and healing love.’

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Temptation
Lent 1 : 5 March 2017
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As Lent gets under way, Our Vicar ponders temptation – how it affects us and what we can do about it.

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Urban Harvest
Harvest Thanksgiving : 26 February 2017
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It seems strange for an urban parish to make a fuss over the harvest, but Our Vicar discovers there is good reason for us all to take harvest to heart.

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Making Sense
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time : 12 February 2017
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Making sense of the Bible and of religion in general requires making sense of ourselves – no easy thing, but we have been shown the way.

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The Faithful Few
Candelmas : 5 February 2017
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Living in an age when the number of professing Christians seems to reduce every time new figures are published, it is easy for us to lose heart. But be of good cheer, Our Vicar says it was always thus – and numbers are not the be all and end all anyway.

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The God Bit
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time : 29 January 2017
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The Beatitudes have been taken by many as the foundation of their faith. But many of these people are missing the most important part.

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Why Geography Matters
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time : 22 January 2017
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’We need to know the details of the place in which Jesus lived and ministered because they shed light on the message he preached.’

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Nothing new?
Baptism of the Lord : 15 January 2017
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’Inclusiveness’ is quite the fashionable attitude of the early 21st Century. Today’s sermon finds it featuring in the Acts of the Apostles though and Our Vicar says it has always been and should always be a hallmark of Christian life.

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Significance of wise men
Epiphany : 8 January 2017
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Why did the magi turn up for Christ’s birth? Was it politics perhaps? Or the beginning of a greater human striving for understanding?

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Forming faith
St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen : 1 January 2017

Celebrating the Feast of St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen, Our Vicar looks at their part in forming the faith we profess.

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Part 2 : preached at Evensong : ’And don’t forget Gregory of Nyssa.’ Listen to Part 2 with Windows Media Player


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Shepherds and sheep
Christmas Day : 25 December 2016
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On Christmas morning Our Vicar ponders what makes a good shepherd and whether we make good sheep.

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In His own time
Advent 3 : 11 December 2016
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’...God is directing the human story in His own way and in His own time...’ – so perhaps we should just chill!

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What is a prophet?
Advent 2 : 4 December 2016
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From James K. Baxter, via John the Baptist and Bob Dylan, Our Vicar ponders the nature of prophets.

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The nature of judgement
Advent 1 : 27 November 2016
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Our Vicar begins Advent with two sermons on the nature of judgement and why we should not rush to see it all around.

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Authority and trust
Christ the King : 20 November 2016
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’Becoming a Christian means agreeing to give Jesus Christ your glad obedience’ – not a populist thought these days perhaps, but of the essence for all that.

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History again
Feast of the dedication : 13 November 2016
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On the feast of the dedication of Saint Peter’s Our Vicar gives another update on his researches into our parish history.

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Purgatory
All Souls : 6 November 2016
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’I think it’s a doctrine which Christians can honestly have differences of opinion about’ – so what does happen when we die?

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The Problem with Saints
All Saints : 30 October 2016
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On All Saints Day Our Vicar ponders just what makes a Saint and who can be or even is unwittingly already a Saint.

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Retail Spiritualism
Ordinary 30 : 23 October 2016
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Spiritualism is becoming more popular, but is it the real thing? – Come to that, what is the real thing?

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Prayer that changes things
Ordinary 29 : 16 October 2016
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’Is it legitimate to pray for good weather?’ So starts Our Vicar’s look at what prayer can do and how we can do it.

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Thankful Spirits
Ordinary 28 : 9 October 2016
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Our Vicar looks at the importance of being actively thankful for the good things in our lives.

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Depth of Faith
Ordinary 27 : 2 October 2016
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’How deep is your faith?’ – Our Vicar looks at the need for continuing conversion in our lives.

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Better to Serve in Heaven
Ordinary 26 : 25 September 2016
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’If God did that we wouldn’t need faith...’ – would that matter? – why?

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Struggling with Hypocrisy
Ordinary 25 : 18 September 2016
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This morning’s readings concern the human propensity to say one thing in prayer and behave differently in life. Is this avoidable in the modern world?

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Breaking Bread
Ordinary 22 : 28 August 2016
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’Meals meant a lot for the ministry of Jesus...’ And they are important still – but is it only the food and conversation which matter?

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Complacent Religion
Ordinary 21 : 21 August 2016
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’Salvation isn’t handed out with the rations.’ We need to keep working on our faith to make the most of life.

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Milestones
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary : 14 August 2016
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The early Church placed much emphasis on worrying about exactly what happens to us after death. Our Vicar explains there are other milestones which tell us more about the Christian way.

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Remaking Jesus
Feast of the Transfiguration : 7 August 2016
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All generations remake Jesus to fit their interests and concerns. But such efforts often ’...reduce the Gospel to a pale reflection...’ says Our Vicar.

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Christian Hospitality
Ordinary 16 : 17 July 2016
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’...hospitality is a Christian virtue that applies right across the denominational spectrum.’ But just what is Christian hospitality? Our Vicar explains.

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Lifegiving Choice
Ordinary 15 : 10 July 2016
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It is not what our enemies do to us, but what we do about it that matters.

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Rejecting Evil
Ordinary 14 : 3 July 2016
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It is not so fashionable to believe in the Devil and all his works, but the only explanation for some human actions still is a personification of evil – ’the Father of Lies’.

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Kings and Matriarchs
Patronal Festival : 26 June 2016
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In which Our Vicar tells of some stories discovered while researching our parish history.

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The Cost of being a Christian
Ordinary 12 : 19 June 2016
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’...in a way the Roman Empire did the Church a favour by persecuting it....’ – Just how do Christians turn adversity to gain?

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Wrongdoing and Regeneration
Ordinary 11 : 12 June 2016
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’...we should show some courage and dash in our Christian living...’

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The Salvation Business
Ordinary 10 : 5 June 2016
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How much notice should the Church take of fashionable causes? When should it let them influence its teaching and when should it stand firm? Our Vicar explains.

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Classic Family
Trinity : 22 May 2016
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The worldwide Anglican Communion is very like a domestic family – several independent characters presumably acting in each other’s best interests. But does it always work for the best? Our Vicar has some thoughts, and an idea from the year 1414 which may help.

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Knowing the Spirit
Pentecost : 15 May 2016
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The Bible shows us several explanations of the Holy Spirit. How do we decide which to accept?

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Transition
Ascension : 8 May 2016
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Ascension is a time of transition. ’... things are going to be different from now.’ But did this difference happen once and for all 2000 years ago, or is it still under way?

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Transmitting the Essence
Easter 6 : 1 May 2016
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The upcoming Clergy School prompts Our Vicar to compare its likely style to the style God uses when He wishes to make sure we understand.

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Loving One Another
Easter 5 : 24 April 2016
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In one of the readings this morning Christ tells us to love one another. Just how might we go about that?

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Explaining Away the Resurrection
Easter 4 : 17 April 2016
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’There’s a theory that’s been going the rounds amongst sceptical New Testament scholars.....that rather beggars belief.’

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Being Anglican
Easter 3 : 10 April 2016
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’The Anglican Church is a strange creature in its makeup.’     Whatever can Our Vicar be getting at? – Listen and see.

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Fact of Faith
Easter 2 : 3 April 2016
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Our Vicar, a trained historian, looks at how much the facts matter in forming our faith.

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Angels
Easter Day : 27 March 2016
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God’s messengers, angels have fallen from popular acceptance, but ...

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Authentic Love
Good Friday : 25 March 2016
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’In the last night of his life, Jesus went on loving people who he knew would let him down.’
– At the last, Christ demonstrated the authentic, unselfish love we have been striving for ever since.

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Total Trust
Maundy Thursday : 24 March 2016
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Christ’s prayer in the garden at Gethsemane is Our Vicar’s starting point this evening.

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Inviting Rejection
Palm Sunday : 20 March 2016
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Christ’s behaviour when entering Jerusalem almost seemed to invite rejection. Our Vicar suggests this is an inevitable consequence of living a good life. Is this a warning and/or comfort to us?

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Extravagant Behaviour
Lent 5 : 13 March 2016
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Extravagant behaviour is not uncommon in the Gospels, but what should a 21st century reader read in to it?

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Gratitude for Faith
Mothering Sunday : 6 March 2016
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French military history, Waitangi Day, Chinese New Year celebrations and America’s Thanksgiving Day all come to Our Vicar’s mind during the reading this morning. Why? ...

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Calamity and Sin
Lent 3 : 28 February 2016
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It is hardly fashionable to connect events of our daily lives with divine inspiration. Is the modern world overlooking a powerful point?

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Bearing the Cross
Lent 2 : 21 February 2016
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Our Vicar introduces some tips for successful preaching – does he apply them today?

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Tools for Lent
Lent 1 : 14 February 2016
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From the washing machine in the vicarage, to spiritual leaders, to us, some testing and preparation is of the essence. Our Vicar follows this thread to suggestions for how we may deepen our spiritual practice during Lent.

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Decisions Decisions
Candlemas : 7 February 2016
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How do we make decisions? ... How should we? ... What part does faith pay?

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Drama of Liturgy
Ordinary 3 : 24 January 2016
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’...the liturgy itself is substantially sourced from ... the Bible. Which is why it is very unjust that the Anglican Church is from time to time accused of being a non-scriptural church.’

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Wedding Story
Ordinary 2 : 17 January 2016
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The story of the wedding at Cana ’is a story with lots of loose ends...’ – but it leads us to important questions.

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Alive in Us
Baptism of The Lord : 10 January 2016
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Baptism is the first step in being filled by the Holy Spirit – but do we make the most of it or let it wither? And how do we tell?

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Gospels for Export
Epiphany : 3 January 2016
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‘Never be deceived by apparently discouraging circumstances ... God’s purposes are advancing.’

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The 2015 Christmas Sermons

War and Peace
Christmas Eve : 24 December 2015

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The Christmas story is of peace and cuteness. The people involved were likely anything but.

Not what We do
Christmas Day : 25 December 2015

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The Christmas story illustrates one of the great truths. It is not we who choose God. Rather it is God who chose us.

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Anticipatory Magnanimity
Advent 3 : 13 December 2015
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’...it’s the spirit of Jesus...’ Our Vicar explains we can afford to be magnanimous because ’we know how the story ends’.

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A New People for a New Age
Advent 2 : 6 December 2015
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Paul and the Philippian Christians he is writing to are working to a different time scale compared to their contemporaries. What can we learn from their method?

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Essence of Advent
Advent 1 : 29 November 2015
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Our Vicar ranges from Nazi Germany to Thessalonica in Gospel times to present day writers to demonstrate the essence of the Christian faith in Advent.

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Small Acts of Obedience
Christ the King : 22 November 2015
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’A tale of Kings and Queens’ – Just what does it mean to call Christ Lord? And how do we show it in the modern world?

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History and Theology
Ordinary 33 : 15 November 2015
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A walk through the development of the Church – from the earliest times to the as yet unknown.

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Past and Future
Dedication of the Church : 8 November 2015
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A look at the history of our parish’s development – and how we can help as it develops into the future.

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Tribute and Teaching
All Souls : 1 November 2015
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Our Vicar pays tribute to a recently-deceased parishioner then explains why purgatory is essential.

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Bold Christians
Ordinary 30 : 25 October 2015
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’Supposing ... the Disciples had stuck by Jesus ... the whole outcome of that week in Jerusalem might have been very different.’ – Our Vicar considers how we might respond to opportunities to let others know about our faith.

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Christian Leadership
Ordinary 29 : 18 October 2015
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Our Vicar ponders the difficulties of leading effectively while being the servant of those you lead.

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Service is Cool
Ordinary 25 : 20 September 2015
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Addressing the Diocesan Synod, Our Vicar explains why it is better to serve than be served.

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Sin Busting
Exaltation of the Holy Cross : 13 September 2015
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Sin and evil – what are they and how do we deal with them?

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Professing the Faith
Ordinary 23 : 6 September 2015
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When in civvies, Our Vicar used to describe his job as ’a white collar worker’. Better things have prevailed and he now says ’I work for God’ – Are we equally definite when the chance arises?

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Fights about Food
Ordinary 22 : 30 August 2015
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In which Our Vicar tells the story of the guru and his cat to look at the importance of ritual in our religion.

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The Sanctity of Marriage
Ordinary 21 : 23 August 2015
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Attitudes to marriage change from age to age. But marriage is important in the Christian understanding. How does that work?

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The Significance of Mary
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary : 16 August 2015
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Mascot, logo, symbol, mother? Just what does Mary show us about Christian life?

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Origins
Ordinary 19 : 9 August 2015
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How does the Son of God explain his origins? And how do we understand it?

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Spiritual Revolution
Ordinary 18 : 2 August 2015
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Our world is full of destabilising temptations. Today’s Ephesians reading proposes we deal with them by spiritual revolution. Our Vicar explains.

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Cupboard Love
Ordinary 17 : 26 July 2015
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As Our Vicar says, ’...most prayer in the New Testament is requesting and petitionary in its nature, but if we never get beyond ’what‘s in it for me’ religion our faith remains immature and somewhat self-centred.’

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Building Walls
Ordinary 16 : 19 July 2015
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Walls can keep us safe, but can they keep us too separate?

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Evil
Ordinary 15 : 12 July 2015
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Evil exists in the world, so what should be the religious response?

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Faith and Acts
Ordinary 12 : 21 June 2015
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’...where He will have to explain the good news in terms of that which brings comfort, joy, meaning and the final resolution of life accompanied by mighty acts of power and to explain all this in clear, simple terms...’. - Sounds like a job for a mighty preacher. Our Vicar is on the subject.

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Images of God
Ordinary 7 : 14 June 2015
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’God cannot appear in our world just as he is...’ - Why not? And what does He do instead? Our Vicar explains.

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Communing with God
Corpus Christi : 7 June 2015
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The Eucharist is perhaps the greatest mystery, but there is a simple truth: ’...we are communing with God. That’s what Communion means...’.

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Understanding the Trinity
Trinity : 31 May 2015
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Our Vicar reviews various understandings of the Trinity, how our current doctrine came to be and how it applies for us today.

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Backwards and Forwards
Pentecost : 24 May 2015
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’...Pentecost ... is about a God who moves backwards and forwards...’ – confused? No need, Our Vicar explains.

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Visions of the Ascension
Ascension : 17 May 2015
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Do the lessons of the Ascension come from two thousand years ago, or is it still a living force in our world?

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Control and Freedom
Easter 6 : 10 May 2015
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Some churches are controlled from a central point, and local parishes can lack individuality. Some churches operate with limited central control and a lot of local flexibility. Which characterises the Anglican way? And how can we make the best of it?

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Proper Preparation
Easter 5 : 3 May 2015
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Our Vicar looks at the importance or preparing for the future -– even, perhaps especially, the eternal future.

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Justice and Authority
Easter 4 : 26 April 2015
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Our Vicar considers the workings of justice systems – from the informal student courts of high school and university to the ultimate judgement.

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The Point is Us
Easter 3 : 19 April 2015
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Dealing with departed loved ones is a common human trial. So does the Resurrection help us with that – or does it serve another purpose?

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Resurrection Struggle
Easter Day : 5 April 2015
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Our Vicar has a question about the resurrection - and the answers to go with it.

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One True Liberator
Palm Sunday : 29 March 2015
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Human experience indicates liberators are often anything but liberating. All too often they become all-powerful oppressors in the fashion of those they replace. But the true liberator is quite different – in every way.

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Confessing
Lent 5 : 22 March 2015
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Confession is perhaps not a widespread habit amongst Anglicans. Should it be? What is the point and purpose? Our Vicar explains.

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Examining a conscience
Lent 4 : 18 March 2015
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Examination of one’s conscience is a useful precursor to making a confession, but it is not as easy as it sounds. Our Vicar offers some assistance.

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Destroy This Temple
Lent 3 : 8 March 2015
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Spurred by references in this morning’s readings, Our Vicar ponders just what is the Temple of The Lord – and whether the answer matters.

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Turning Point
Lent 2 : 1 March 2015
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Transfiguration is one of the annual habits in the Church year – but just what is the point?

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Useful Angels
Lent 1 : 22 February 2015
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As Lent begins, we can find inspiration in the Heavenly Host.

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Fundamental Truths
Ordinary 6 : 15 February 2015
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The Gospel stories all overlay fundamental principles – as important now as they were in Christ’s time.

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The God who makes things happen
Ordinary 5 : 8 February 2015
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Where do the healing miracles fit in today’s world of medical science?

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The Missing Years
Candlemas : 1 February 2015
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The Gospels tell us little or nothing of Christ’s life between the ages of about 13 and 30. Can we deduce anything useful? Is there any need to?

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The Truth of the Missing Generation
Ordinary 3 : 25 January 2015
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’...that is the place I think would be a much more productive starting point for our Diocesan Synod debates about youth ministry...’

What place? Listen and find out.

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Taking on God’s Character
Ordinary 2 : 18 January 2015
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God became man so we could become closer to Him. But how do our baser instincts fit this scheme?

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Baptism Then and Now
Baptism of the Lord : 11 January 2015
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Baptism has been a tradition in our Church for centuries – but have we been doing it as well as we could – as well as we should?

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Revolutionary in the Manger
Epiphany : 4 January 2015
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’...now, nobody remembers the Parthian Empire, and really only historians and classicists care about the Roman Empire, but the Kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth has become an enduring reality...’

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Family Life
Holy Family : 28 December 2014
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’The Feast of the Holy Family is a chance to pray for all these family gatherings across the country...’ And at this time of the year this is apt in many ways.

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The Great Communicator
Christmas Day : 25 December 2014
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God often communicates through everyday stories. What is the point in the Christmas story?

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Saying Yes to God
Advent 4 : 21 December 2014
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Our Vicar ponders what it was that made Mary say ’Yes’ to God – and how that matters to us in our time.

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Parish Management Handbook
Advent 3 : 14 December 2014
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’ ...Wouldn’t that be interesting for Vicars, if at the Day of Judgement they were assessed by the quality of parishioners they produced and the number of converts...’

Paul’s management of the Church in Thessalonia provides pointers for our parishes – and not just for our Vicars!

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Preparations and Futures
Advent 2 : 7 December 2014
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Many of our preparations assume life will go on as we have known it. But we believe the Second Coming will alter life dramatically – don’t we? - Should we??

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Useful Gifts
Advent 1 : 30 November 2014
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We all have special gifts. Do we make the most of them?

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Judging Outsiders
Christ the King : 23 November 2014
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’In a world in which many, including often our nearest and dearest, do not acknowledge Christ [what happens to non-believers] is an issue of more than passing interest’.

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Buildings and Churches
Feast of the Dedication of the Church : 16 November 2014
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As we celebrate the dedication of Saint Peter's, Our Vicar considers the place of buildings in Church life.

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Reconnections
All Souls : 9 November 2014
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In which Our Vicar ponders the importance of our connections and wonders how reconnections will work in the life to come.

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God’s Uncompetitive Kingdom
25th Sunday : 21 September 2014
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or Why we should not spend a lot of time worrying about what other people are doing.

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The Special Sanctions of a Supernatural Society
23rd Sunday : 7 September 2014
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’ It is just about impossible to exclude someone from the benefits of Christian community when all they have to do is to walk down the road to another parish or another denomination...’

So, should we simply accept whatever behaviour our members exhibit? ... or not??

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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World
22nd Sunday : 31 August 2014
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’ The most beautiful thing in the world is not a painting, or a sculpture, or a building that I can tell you to go and see. Nor is it a mystical experience of the transcendent God that is reliably logged in the history of Christian spirituality. It is...’

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Love and Obey
21st Sunday : 24 August 2014
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’We live in an age where freedom is valued very highly, and in which obedience is seen as the virtue of dogs’ yet ’... when leaders decline to lead, ... shrink from the exercise of power and authority, ...major trouble can come the way of their Church.’

Our Vicar considers again how Christians fit in the modern world.


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The Problem of Death
Feast of the Assumption : 17 August 2014
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Did Mary’s Assumption into Heaven happen as it did for Christ? Will it for us?


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The Transcendent Christ
Feast of the Transfiguration : 10 August 2014
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’What happened to the disciples we must allow to happen to us.’


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Those Hindering Cosmic Powers
18th Sunday : 3 August 2014
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How do God and His angels operate in the temporal world?


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That "P" Word
17th Sunday : 27 July 2014
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How does one become a Christian? Our Vicar suggests it is not all about us.


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An Enemy has done this
16th Sunday : 20 July 2014
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St Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, St Augustine and Plato introduce this week’s sermon. The subject? ’Is it true that the fork tailed person is active in our affairs?’.


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Horticultural Holiness
15th Sunday : 13 July 2014
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Parables can be a puzzle so it is good to have them explained from time to time. This morning Our Vicar turns attention to the sower and the seed.


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The Deepest and Darkest Word in Scripture
14th Sunday : 6 July 2014
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... and what word is that? Today’s sermon explains.


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Devouring, Digesting, Assimilating, Indwelling
Corpus Christi : 22 June 2014
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Our Vicar looks at what taking Communion really means and what it can do for us.


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What Heals Us?
Trinity Sunday : 16 June 2014
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In bereavement, focus on the pain? – or keep the stiff upper lip? What is the Christian way?


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What Is Intimacy?
Pentecost Sunday : 8 June 2014
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In which Our Vicar offers himself as an Agony Aunt – of a rather special sort.


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If I Leave Here Would You Understand
Ascension : 1 June 2014
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This time of the year is all about hope - the heart of the Christian life. This week, Our Vicar ponders the good that can come of being left alone.

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Going Away and Return Arrangements
Easter 6 : 25 May 2014
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Our Vicar presents one of the great causes of Christian hope: ’We have not been left on our own...’

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The Presence in the Absence
Easter 5 : 18 May 2014
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From the Emperor Constantine to his mother to the Crusades to the Crimean war – all in the first paragraph. Our Vicar’s thesis is timeless and simple - but not perhaps easy!

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The Speech of a Lifetime
Easter 4 : 11 May 2014
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’Speaking in public in an unstructured situation on some issue of the moment on behalf of the things of God is one of the greatest challenges any preacher can face.’ - so how did St Peter do? - - how do we??

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An Idyllic Walk in the Countryside
Easter 3 : 4 May 2014
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Our Vicar considers this morning’s Gospel as a movie production - with the scene being set, audience expectations managed, and the story told almost incidentally.

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Christ In You, My Christian Neighbour
Easter 2 : 27 April 2014
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From memories of his days at theological college, to recent changes to our liturgy and parish habits, Our Vicar considers the value of communal living in the Christian life.

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The Easter Sermons 2014

Returning to the Father
Easter Day : 20 April 2014 Listen with Windows Media Player Read the text


The Reappearance of Angels
Easter Vigil : 19 April 2014 Read the text


Deliverance
Good Friday : 18 April 2014 Listen with Windows Media Player Read the text


Swallowing Darkness
Maundy Thursday : 17 April 2014 Read the text


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Our Capacity for Sacrifice
Palm Sunday : 13 April 2014
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’What I am referring to are some very unusual verses that most preachers avoid if they can possibly help it.’ says Our Vicar. But he seems to manage and arrives again at a core of our religion.

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Skirmishing With Death
Lent 5 : 6 April 2014
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Can a sermon which starts with the great unbeliever, Lloyd Geering then moves on to Charels Darwin’s theories of evolution redeem itself? Try this one and see....

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Provoking His Enemies
Lent 4 : 30 March 2014
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During His time on Earth, Our Lord seems to have been something of a stirrer. Why would He do that?

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He Knows the Secrets of our Intimate Lives
Lent 3 : 23 March 2014
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’Why has God thrown this stick of dynamite into humankind’s affairs...’

Our Vicar ponders the trials and rewards of humanity - and finds a useful Lenten discipline.

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Not Needy, More Mature, Solitude Seeking
Lent 2 : 16 March 2014
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Our Vicar ponders the place and value of patience and quietness in a busy, noisy world.

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Is Your Sin Original?
Lent 1 : 9 March 2014
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The title says it all–one of the standards of Christian puzzlement and teaching–Original Sin.

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Loving your Enemies (In the Church)
7th Sunday : 23 February 2014
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’ ... there are a couple of areas of our lives where today’s bracing teaching will give us pause for thought ...’

Thoughts about violence and love - find out more in today’s sermon.

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He Heals the Wellsprings of Our Moral Decision Making
6th Sunday : 16 February 2014
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’ The problem for us is that the teaching is so demanding that we are inclined to shrink from it, and wonder if we were ever really a Christian.’.

But there is hope for us – Our Vicar explains.


Become What You Are
5th Sunday : 9 February 2014
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’Secular people like us when we are full of good works. They find it easier to fit us into the category of the useful ...’.

But what pleases God? asks Our Vicar.


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The Disciplined Search for Holiness
Candlemas : 2 February 2014
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"... our Church has come to understand through long experience that those who want to have a life with God will need to be reasonably well organised about it..."

- and Our Vicar has some ideas about how we can organise ourselves.


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The Pulling Power of his Prestige
3rd Sunday : 26 January 2014
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What is it that makes some people special to others - and is that something a pointer to Our Lord’s "success" as a leader during his time on Earth - or is there something other?


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Fashioned for the Purpose of our Salvation
2nd Sunday : 19 January 2014
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"But God’s power must reckon with a considerable limitation." - How can this be? - Find out in this week’s sermon from Our Vicar.


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Send Forth Your Spirit
Baptism of the Lord : 12 January 2014
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Are humans God’s only interest on Earth? Where does the rest of creation fit into the grand scheme of things?


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Unity in Difference and Difference in Unity
Epiphany : 5 January 2014
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At Epiphany, we think of how the light reaches the nations. How do Anglicans measure up?


The Matrix of Divine Life
Holy Family : 29 December 2013
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What does ’family’ mean to a Christian? Is our biological family important? What part does marriage play? Our Vicar has some thoughts!


The Narratives of Life
Christmas Day : 25 December 2013
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The Christmas sermon - 2013.


Tenderness and Trust
Advent 4 : 22 December 2013
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’Joseph is one of those background gospel figures who doesn’t get much mileage in the Christian tradition.’ - but is that deserved?

The Warning Voice from the Future
Advent 2 : 8 December 2013
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Our Vicar ponders the relative importance of past, present and future - and reaches a conclusion you may not expect.

The Lord of History
Advent 1 : 1 December 2013
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’... the readings leading up to Advent, and through the first part of the season echo this theme of catastrophe and judgment.’

O dear, is all to no avail? Check this week’s sermon to find the good news.

The Pain of Rejection
Christ the King : 24 November 2013
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’Today as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King we are acknowledging a very ironic style of Kingship’

And, says Our Vicar, we can put the style to use in our own lives.

The Right Word at the Right Time
33rd Sunday : 17 November 2013
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’When it comes to the crunch - when we are really up against it - when it comes to the defining moment of our Christian witness, no preparation will be necessary.’.

Because Jesus will give his followers ’an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to contradict or resist.’.

The Law of Progressive Polarization
32nd Sunday : 10 November 2013
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What is The Law of Progressive Polarization?. In this sermon, Father Hugh explains what and why we should know about it.

Salvation as Process Rather Than Event
All Souls Day : 3 November 2013
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’The protestant reformers had some strong points to make in their criticism of the practice.’

O no, can it really be so? Learn more in this week's sermon.

Bad Attitude
30th Sunday : 27 October 2013
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’... faith really becomes faith when what used to work doesn’t work anymore...’

Our Vicar looks again in to the heart of what it is to be a Christian - and to communicate with Our God.

A Thankful Spirit
28th Sunday : 13 October 2013
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Our Vicar considers the benefits - and the rightness - of being aware of all the good which happens in our lives.


Give Thanks to the Lord,
for He is Gracious, and His Mercies Endure Forever
Harvest and Thanksgiving Sunday : 6 October 2013
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On the day which launches our Stewardship 2013 programme, Our Vicar looks at how earthly riches fit in the Christian life.

’Part of our spiritual responsibilities are giving back to God some of what he gave us in the first place, and so enabling his body the Church to go on its life with confidence and sure purpose.’


Better to Serve in Heaven Than Rule in Hell
26th Sunday : 29 September 2013
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’I doubt if any of us have treated beggars like dirt, or terminated our enemies with extreme prejudice. But ...’


The Spiritual Poison of Schadenfreude
24th Sunday : 15 September 2013
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A sermon embracing modern celebrities, contemporary politicians and ’...a motley crew of keen disciples, disreputable characters trying to get back on side with God again...’ two thousand years ago. What can they tell us?


Don’t Start What You Can’t Finish
23rd Sunday : 8 September 2013
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Our Vicar looks at why we should not be Christians of convenience.


Communitarian Rituals
Or How Changing People’s Dining Habits Changes Them
22nd Sunday : 1 September2013
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’... we have a lot to learn from the early Christian’s generativity and originality... ’

Go All Out to Get In
21st Sunday : 25 August 2013
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’The tone of this morning's gospel passage is of urgent concern that we might miss out, ...’ Perhaps life was easier when we had less freedom of choice?

Mother of God
Mary Mother of God : 18 August 2013
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’The sermon caused uproar amongst his new parishioners....’ Not one of Our Vicar’s sermons of course! One from 428AD - and one which had momentous consequences.

Disclosing the Inner Life of God
Transfiguration : 11 August 2013
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Our Vicar draws upon Canon Coates, the Council of Constantinople, King Lear, Sergius Bulgakov and the scriptures as he considers the nature of God - and the point of the Transfiguration.

Giving Something Up to Receive Much More
18th Sunday : 4 August 2013
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’... sometimes it helps to say no to what we like in order to be able to say yes to what we want to become.’

Prayer
17th Sunday : 28 July 2013
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’We don’t have to be perfect, or to have our lives in good order, to be in regular contact with God’

But we do need to make the effort to talk with Him.

Being Hospitable to God
16th Sunday : 21 July 2013
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’... hospitality is a Christian virtue ... ’

But what makes us hospitable to God?

The Children of Utu
15th Sunday : 14 July 2013
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’Oddly enough for a warrior culture it was Christ’s message of forgiveness and non-retaliation that held out the promise ... ’

So surely it should work for us?

The Prince of Darkness and Father of Lies
14th Sunday : 7 July 2013
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’C S Lewis had a point about how embarrassed some mainline Protestant churches have become about the one whom one of my priest friends refers to as, "Old Nick." ’

Our Vicar explains why it matters that fashionable church thought and practice often refuses to acknowledge the devil and his works.

The Cost of Being a Christian
12th Sunday : 23 JUNE 2013
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’... it was crystal clear that you were inviting trouble in to your life by becoming a Christian.’

But what about now? What about us?? Are we getting it too easy?

Wrong doing and Regeneration
11th Sunday : 16 JUNE 2013
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’As always in a gospel parable we are left worrying, "is this about me – ... ’

The Originality, Uniqueness and Freshness of Revelation
10th Sunday : 9 JUNE 2013
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’What matters about religion is living a good life ...’ - right? Well, no. Definitely no says Our Vicar.

Until The Lord Comes
Corpus Christi : 2 JUNE 2013
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Anglican Eucharist Services are sometimes criticised as looking only to the past. Our Vicar explains that their real value is in how they look to the future.

Boasting About Our Sufferings
Trinity Sunday : 26 MAY 2013
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’The trinitarian God brims over with life, ... it is in his nature to share the gift of life..’. Why is it so important for us to try to understand the Trinity?

Working Backwards and Forwards
Pentecost Sunday : 19 MAY 2013
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At Pentecost, Our Vicar looks at the importance of our past and our future and the part the Holy Spirit plays in opening them to us.

The Need for Oxygen
Ascension : 12 May 2013
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Father Hugh considers the relationship between us, the Church and the Lord. ’ If we are open to our head, and to the wider Church community, then our lives can become richer in ways we never imagined.’

Interpreting The Interpreter
Easter 6 : 5 May 2013
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In an age where communication methods have become almost a fashion item, Our Vicar considers how God does it.

A New Law for a New People
Easter 5 : 28 April 2013
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Our Vicar asks ’... what does it mean to ’love one another: just as I have loved you?’’. And gives us an answer.

Check Your Energy Levels
Easter 4 : 21 April 2013
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What The Lord did for the Apostles after Easter Day, he can do for us too. In this sermon, Our Vicar explains just what that might be.

The Unbroken Net
Easter 3 : 14 April 2013
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As Our Vicar says, ’God ... has made it crystal clear in the New Testament that the last thing he wants to see is his collective presence in the world divided into thousands upon thousands of tin pot little sectarian groups.’ We just don’t seem to get it though. Why do we keep creating new Christian groups?

Take a body–add a community
Easter Day : 31 March 2013
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Just what was our Lord up to during his appearances after the resurrection? Puzzling at first, it becomes clearer as Our Vicar works through his Easter sermon.


Appropriating Jerusalem
Palm Sunday : 24 March 2013
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Our Vicar’s Palm Sunday sermon introduces themes for Holy Week.

Transforming Eros
Lent 5 : 17 March 2013
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’... above all, eros ... isn’t satisfied with a human lover ...’

Could this be why God created desire?

When the manna stopped falling
Lent 4 : 10 March 2013
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Do anniversaries matter? If not, nor would our Eucharist suggests Our Vicar.

There is a little time left
Lent 3 : 3 March 2013
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Judgement and repentance - two of religion’s ’codewords’ are under the microscope

Listen to Him
Lent 2 : 24 February 2013
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’Some of the best advice about preaching I have ever received is about the importance of always surprising your audience as you begin.’

-- Hooked?? Then read or listen to Our Vicar here.

Tested to Destruction
Lent 1 : 17 February 2013
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Temptation is perhaps our greatest foe. But does it also offer our greatest opportunity?

Called Towards Eternity
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time : 10 February 2013
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’So should we just accept death as a natural and inevitable part of living?’ Well no, says Our Vicar. And here’s why ...

Creatures of the Spirit
Candlemas : 3 February 2013
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On the first anniversary of his institution, Our Vicar ponders the spirit.

’Reading Luke we might get the impression that spectacular signs and wonders always accompany being visited by the Spirit. ... that isn’t the only way we know and show that God’s empowering presence is with us. Often and usually it is about carrying out acts of service in which we carry out God’s work in the world ... ’

Letting The Word have power in our midst
Epiphany 3 : 27 January 2013
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’Sometimes the Anglican Church is criticized by revivalist Christians for not being Scriptural enough. In fact we are more Scriptural than just about any other Church ... ’.

The World Is Itself
Epiphany 2 : 20 January 2013
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’What did God think he was up to in making the world?’ - Our Vicar has some thoughts on that.

About Baptism and Confirmation
Baptism of the Lord : 13 January 2013
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’... confirmation does matter, and should be encouraged ...’

The Return of Superstition and Paganism
Epiphany : 6 January 2013
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’Although our culture and our society is trying to distance itself from its Christian inheritance it is finding it hard to do so ...’. So, hope for the future? Or not? Our Vicar’s Epiphany sermon.

The Clues To His Destiny
Holy Family : 30 December 2012
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The angel Gabriel, Elizabeth, The Shepherds and Simeon and Anna all made it clear Jesus was no ordinary baby and would lead no ordinary life. But did Mary and Joseph absorb the reality? Do we?

That Human Medium of Communication Listen with Windows Media Player

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The Christmas Day sermon for 2012.

When Theology And Gynaecology Meet Listen with Windows Media Player

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In which Our Vicar rebuts some of the foolishness promoted by ’unbelieving sceptics outside the Church, and purveyors of fashionable heresy within the Church’ and reminds us that after all, God can do anything.

Solid Joys And Lasting Pleasures Listen with Windows Media Player

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In a world of immediate and often ephemeral pleasures, it is good to be reminded of what is truly important, what can be relied upon to make us happy for all time. Our Vicar explains and finds we have ’... every reason to rejoice.’.

That Quality Of End Time Living Listen with Windows Media Player

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As Advent begins, Our Vicar introduces a group about whom ’You could say that they are very Advent oriented Christians.’

Of course, there are other actors too - from Adolf Hitler to Fr Thomas Weinandy and Bonhoeffer via Max Hastings. "Who?" you say? - you need this sermon!

Jesus is Lord Listen with Windows Media Player

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’Since we do not live in a world of Roman Emperors, and of imperial persecution, the calls on our loyalty are not at first sight quite so clear-cut.’

But even in this civilised world, we have the choice to stand up for our faith or to quietly pretend that it doesn’t matter. In Jesus is Lord, Our Vicar looks at the ways we can still live our faith and be loyal to our Lord.

Lord of History, God of the Future Listen with Windows Media Player

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’... when Paul, just before his execution in Rome, looks back on a lifetime’s hard work of building up a network of new churches across the Mediterranean world, he is thinking about a cluster of modest sized communities...’

So was it worth it? Follow Father Hugh and find out.

What Really Comforts at Funerals Listen with Windows Media Player

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Father Hugh dislikes the current trend of turning funerals into a consumer experience. ’When all the emphasis is on accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, the essential element ... gets left out ...’

And what is the essential element? If you need to ask, you need this week’s sermon!

That Extra Dimension of Being Listen with Windows Media Player

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’...I am also wondering whether it is realistic to think that we might ever become a Saint?’ - Find out what Our Vicar decides.

What If...! Listen with Windows Media Player

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How different our world and future would be if various players in the Christian story had exhibited the courage of their convictions in the face of secular pressures. There being nothing new under the sun, Our Vicar suggests it is important for us to learn this lesson and be strong in our own time.

’Bartimaeus then is an inspiring faith model for us. ... If we can live like him we might change the way the story ends for not a few of the people we know.’

Ambitious, Power Hungry, Status Seekers Need Not Apply Listen with Windows Media Player

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Every organisation - including the church - needs leaders. But, says Our Vicar, ’...being a born leader is an ambivalent gift. For at the heart of it all is the exercising of power.’

In this sermon, Father Hugh considers what it takes to be a leader in Christ’s Kingdom and concludes that difficult as it may be, off-putting as it sounds, the difficult life is really the only life.

His Difficult Teaching on Wealth Listen with Windows Media Player

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’The teaching methods that Jesus uses ... are, as usual, full of paradox and irony.’

Our Vicar considers Jesus’ teaching on wealth and looks at how we can apply first principals in the modern world.

What did God intend in Creation? Listen with Windows Media Player

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’The New Zealand Anglican Church has bent over backwards to accommodate itself to its surrounding secular society.’ - and this, says Our Vicar, is not as it should be. Au contraire, we should be manifesting the Divine agenda which makes us unique.

What are Archdeacons for?

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Our Vicar was asked to preach at the Collation of the Revd Janet Tait as Archdeacon of Belmont in St Paul’s Waiwhetu. Read his explanation of the Archdeaconate, ’ ...a peculiarly Anglican institution, and one that differs in different parts of the Anglican world.’ and one which helps to deal with clergy who, amongst themselves at least, are all too human.

Commit, Transmit Listen with Windows Media Player

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’We are living in a time when Churches with a clearly defined sense of identity, and a strong conviction about the central priority of God, are doing well.’

And as Our Vicar points out, if we want our church to be one of these we must each play our part.

Does God Change? Listen with Windows Media Player

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’Some of the great horrors of the 20th century have led to theologians trying to get God off the hook ... But this just won’t do, ...’

Revolutionising Marriage Listen with Windows Media Player

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’So offensive is [this morning’s text from Ephesians 5] to notions of popular feminism that it is hardly ever read out at marriage Services now, and my guess is that most preachers will pass over it in embarrassed silence today.’

Not Our Vicar though. A sermon to ponder as the modern secular world ’redefines’ so much we take as fundamental.

Queen of Heaven Listen with Windows Media Player

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Mary’s place has long been a subject for discussion in many churches. Our Vicar considers her status and concludes ’Jesus had opened a door through which she had now entered, and through which we are also invited to follow her. And having got there first she takes a lively interest in the rest of the Church...’.

A Glimpse into the Plenitude of his Being Listen with Windows Media Player

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Judaism tends to agree with Alan Pyatt, one time Bishop of Christchurch says Our Vicar.

But does Our Vicar agree with them? Or does the supernatural aspect of our faith still have a place?

What’s In it For Me Religion Listen with Windows Media Player

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"We are going to spend all eternity contemplating the Divine being of God with holy joy, and we might as well start now."

Why Walls Must Come Down Listen with Windows Media Player

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"The epistle to the Ephesians with its reminder of the reconciled humanity we are called to be is a standing rebuke to the three parallel jurisdictions we have become. It is time that this wall, like the wall in Israel/Palestine, came down, because Jesus is in the business of breaking down the barriers that used to keep us apart."

Unclean Spirits Listen with Windows Media Player

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Starting with a small yellow book, Our Vicar then surveys "sprites and spirits" and our views of them through human history and arrives at the "... lifesaver in a spiritually lost world."

Rejection Listen with Windows Media Player

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"Perhaps the curate needed some coaching from the prophet Ezekiel," - Our Vicar looks at how God speaks to His people.

Learning from Saint Peter Watch the video

At a Choral Evensong by candelight during our 2012 Patronal Festival celebrations, Our Vicar compares Saint Paul and Saint Peter and finds perhaps greater lessons to be learnt from the lesser saint.

I Remember Listen with Windows Media Player

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The Nativity of John the Baptist is the anniversary of Our Vicar’s ordination. Father Hugh reflects on the joys and privilege of being a priest.

The Masks of God Listen with Windows Media Player

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In a week when the local press reported on the position of our diocese, Our Vicar has the good news.

"We don’t live in a world in which things just happen. Often God is at work behind the scenes ... we will not be thrown away as he brings the garden of his delights into full production."

Visiting That New Testament World of Wonder Watch the video Listen with Windows Media Player

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"As the bus pulled in at St Paul’s they cried out, "Gates of ’evean," a wonderful description of any Church.".

The Full Stature of the Holy Spirit Listen with Windows Media Player

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"Eastern Christianity was upset about this innovation, pointing out that the Pope had no business adding an essential item to the creed..." - so what do, or anyway should, Anglicans think? A Trinity Sunday sermon in arguably Our Vicar’s area of greatest interest.

The Fading Echoes of His Presence Watch the video Listen with Windows Media Player

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"The day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts was a one off..,." - but that does not mean Pentecost is an unimportant sideshow. Our Vicar explains...

I Sing the Body Ascended Read the text

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Many of us consider there is rather too much emphasis now on body image. Our Vicar explains our physical form does still have some importance in Christian life though.

The Divine Perspective on Human Loving Read the text

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"When marriage is looked at in this way we see its long-term goal".

And not only marriage - all human interaction will benefit from seeing things God’s way says Our Vicar.

You Cannot Give What You Have Not Recevied Read the text

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"...that is the first note for us to sound on this Harvest Festival Sunday - gratitude to God for finding ourselves in an abundant land ..."

The Cross a Pasture
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In which Father Hugh starts with stained glass windows, traverses sheep and history and arrives at the central comfort of our religion.

A shaft of sunlight from Heaven Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"He then proceeded to reel off a list of apostates, atheists, and fashionable unbelievers, headed of course by ..." to find out who - and how sunlight from Heaven fits in - join Our Vicar for this week’s sermon.

The Grounds for Belief Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"Is it a religious experience that brings people to belief and faith? No, that is not enough." So then, what does it take? Join Father Hugh for ideas on the matter.

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Holy Week and Easter Sermons, all in one convenient place.

Saying the Unsayable Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"There is a kind of truth which, when it is said, becomes untrue" So can we trust anything? Can we even trust ourselves to be unambiguously true to our faith?

That Enrapturing Vision Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"...it can come as a shock to learn just how picky Jesus could be about whom he mixed with."

The cross, our access to intimacy Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

Our Vicar ponders how "A rather cool customer and perhaps a little hard to get to know, you might think, on first meeting." demonstrated the ins and outs of intimate association - over two thousand years ago!.

He is the Temple and We are His Body Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"In today’s gospel incident Jesus turns up at the Temple to find that the local entrepreneurs have little to learn from some contemporary Cathedral visitor centres." - Faint praise?? No praise?? or veiled criticism??? Read or listen as Father Hugh considers the trappings of Anglo-Catholicism.

The Connection between Glory and Suffering Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

In which Father Hugh preaches upon a subject he used to avoid. Just what is the connection between iron maidens in Spain and Saint Peter’s on Good Friday?

One Foot in Eden Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"Animals and humans didn’t get where they did today by being vegetarians."

Yet much Christian thought now suggests the animal kingdom is our equal in God’s creation. O dear! - another conundrum for us.

The Paralysis of the Will Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

"... but it could equally be called the story of outrageous house wrecking and roof vandalisation."

Something sounds very modern in the Scriptures - again!. How can this help show our way to "the place of receiving God ’ s absolution"? Join Father Hugh to find out.

The Road to The Cross Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

Small actions can have major consequences, and it has always been so. With examples across the span of history, Father Hugh demonstrates how small, thoughtless actions cause havoc amongst us.

Mystery and Power Read the text Listen with Windows Media Player

In which Father Hugh looks at how Jesus was seen by contemporaries, and looks forward to Lent.

Institution Sermon Read the text Watch the video

At his institution to Saint Peter’s, Our Vicar speaks of what is important in parish ministry - including the value of not presenting boring sermons!

Enjoying it Listen with Windows Media Player

Visiting Saint Peter’s in September, 2011, Mr. Bowron preached on the importance of being in some degree relaxed about our religion. Not like the churchwarden who "once memorably said to me ’the great thing about the 8 o’clock service is that I can get straight back to the office.’ "



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