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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.

St Peter and St Paul

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Peter Roe (Reader)

Readings:  Acts 15: 5-14, 19, 20 John 21: 15-19

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Who Do You Say I Am

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Rod Corke

Readings:  Acts 12:1-11 Matthew 16:13-19

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Hard Sayings of Jesus: Sword Not Peace

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Ben Whitworth

Readings:  Romans 6: 1b-11, Matthew 10: 24-39

Jesus’ intention and desire is to bring peace, but His Gospel will inevitably also bring the consequence of rejection and division.  We too as Christians seek to be peacemakers but the Gospel will often be rejected and will be divisive.

 

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Fathers’ Day

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Ronnie King (Reader)

Readings:  Isaiah 6:1-8 & John 16:5-15

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No Trinity – No Salvation

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion – Trinity Sunday

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  2 Corinthians 13:11-14 & Matthew 28:16-20

The Trinity is a process – God’s initiative to come to us through Jesus his Son and to bring us back to him through the Spirit.

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Pentecost

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion Pentecost Sunday

Preacher:  The Right Reverend Bishop Peter Hancock’s pre-recorded broadcast sermon

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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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