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Sermons

If you've missed a service, or just want to find out about the talks and sermons at St Mary’s, you can listen here. They average 10 to 15 minutes.

Ascension’s Relevance For Us

Service:  7:30 pm Ascension Service

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Acts 1:1-11 & Luke 24:44-53

  • He took with him the captives (Ephesians 4:8)
  • We go with Him to Heaven  (Ephesians 2:6)
  • He ascended to give us the Holy Spirit (John 14:26)
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Heaven

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Peter Roe (Reader)

Readings:  Zechariah 8:1-13, Revelation 21:22-22:5

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The Stoning of Stephen

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Rod Corke

Readings:  Acts 17: 22-31 & John 14: 15-21

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The Armour of God

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Revd Sheila Murray

Readings:  Joshua 1:1-9 & Ephesians 6:10-20

Printed version of Semon

I don’t know how many of you have seen the Star War films, or Lord of the Rings or any of the Harry Potter stories, these films are about the battle between good and evil.

Our passage from Ephesians 6 is also about the battle between good and evil, and it is full of strong imagery about amour.   But this isn’t a computer game or a fantasy adventure film.   There is a battle going on and Paul says that Christians need to have the right tools for the fight.

This is about having a living faith, and about the choices we make.   Paul here is writing to people who believed implicitly in evil spirits – he uses words throughout this letter of powers, authorities, world rulers – and these people were not only facing physical battles, attacks from men, but also attacks from spiritual forces who were fighting against God.   Some of us might find that hard to comprehend.   But I know when I have been for example in the town of Glastonbury, I have felt the oppression of evil;  as I walked through the town I felt a real dis-ease and a heaviness coming from certain shops.

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The Gift of God’s Peace

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Ben Whitworth

Readings:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32 & John 20:19-31

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The Risen and Glorified Christ

Service:  6:30 pm Easter Day Evensong

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Song of Songs 3: 2-5, 8-6 & Revelation 1: 12-18

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We Are The Early Church

Service:  10:00 Easter Day Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Rod Corke

Readings:  Acts 10: 34-43 & John 20: 1-18

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Good Friday – Last Hour at the Cross

Last Hour of the Cross with Revd Dennis Cavaghan with Joseph Haydn’s original orchestral version of “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” (with hymns omitted)

“What, could you not watch with me one hour?  (Matthew 26:40)

Haydn:  Introduction

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First Word - “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)

Haydn:  First Word

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Second Word - “Truly, I say unto you, this day shalt thou be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43)

Haydn:  Second Word

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Third Word - “Woman, behold thy son! … Behold thy mother” (John 19:26)

Haydn:  Third Word

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Fourth Word - “El(o)I, El(o)I, lama sabachtani” “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?”

(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34)

Haydn:  Fourth Word

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Fifth Word - “I thirst” (John 19:28)

Haydn:  Fifth Word

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Sixth Word - “It is finished” (John 19:30)

Haydn:  Sixth Word

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Seventh Word - “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)

Haydn:  Seventh Word

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Hayden:  The Earthquake

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Maundy Thursday

Service:  7:30 pm Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Rod Corke

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Sixth Sunday In Lent

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Ronnie King (Reader)

Readings:  Isaiah 5: 1-7, Matthew 21: 33-46

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Lent Talk – Salvation

LENT TALKS 2014 – “The Cross” given by Revd Dennis Cavaghan

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C = Crucifixion

R = Rest

O = Obedience

S = Service

S = Salvation

READING:  Romans 13:11-14

“For Salvation is nearer to us now than we first believed.”

There are three aspects of Salvation.

  • Past      - Justification – made right in an instant
  • Present – Sanctification – process of being changed
  • Future  - Complete salvation – when we die
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