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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.

If you would like to listen to a sermon that's from 2016 and before, please contact us and we'll do our best to help you.

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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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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Lent Talk – Salvation

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

Cross - 1184184_77005073

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

Lent Talk – Service

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

Cross - 1184184_77005073

C = Crucifixion

R = Rest

O = Obedience

S = Service

S = Salvation

READING:  Philippians 2:5-8

“Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

 

Pray like Elijah

Service:  6:30 pm Evensong

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Micah 7: 1-20, James 5: 1-20

Pray like Elijah because he is like us yet righteous and fervent and persistent; full of faith.

How can we become the sort of person to pray fervently and persistently so our prayers can be effective.