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Which star should we follow? A talk for 8am Holy Communion on Epiphany Matthew 2:1-12 by Revd Alex Pease

Have you ever counted the stars? Its the sort of thing that a child might try to do. And stop after the first 100 or so….. In fact, there are about 5000 stars observable to the naked eye and about … Continue reading

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Christmas Day Sermon 2018 by Revd Alex Pease

We were about 100 in St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy for our family Christmas Day communion. Revd. Alex Pease gave the following talk: I just love Christmas Since my earliest days I can remember the excitement of Christmas Day of waking … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass 2018 Sermon

Our first communion of Christmas was held this year at St Mary’s Avington where the wonderful chandelier was lit for the occasion. Over 50 of us attended. The Revd Alex Pease gave the following sermon: The pain is a symptom not the … Continue reading

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Crib Service St Mary’s Easton 2018

Over 300 of us found a place to stand or sit to engage in the Easton Crib service, for many those who have been attending something that they have enjoyed at Christmas all their lives. Christmas has really started in … Continue reading

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Mary’s Song of Praise Luke 1:39-55 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Suppose you were looking for a women to change the world – who would you choose? Theresa May maybe or Laverne Cox. Maybe Gina Miller or Rita Ora But an unknown relatively poor fiancé to a carpenter? Little Mary meek … Continue reading

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Peace at Christmas a Sermon for CAMEO Philippians 4:4-7

I hope that you are all ready for Christmas! Some of you will be thinking when I say that: ‘Doesn’t he understand my situation?’, I probably won’t see my family over Christmas’, or ‘Christmas always reminds me of the person … Continue reading

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How to move from ‘won’t’ to ‘want’ John 3:1-15 by Revd. Alex Pease

Well its been eight months since I was licensed as your Rector at that amazing service in April on what would have been our Valley Worship Sunday here in Easton. The warmth of your welcome and encouragement was palpable and … Continue reading

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Don’t use Advent just to escape, use it to notice what the world is like, in the light of Christ! Luke 3:1-6 Philippians 1:3-11 by Archdeacon Richard Brand

Come Holy Spirit: what we know not, teach us; what we have not, grant us; what we are not, make us; for your love’s sake. Amen. If you have a visitor coming, are you of the  ‘Tidy up the place, … Continue reading

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Advent Sunday 2018 Luke 21:25-33 Sermon for BCP by Revd Alex Pease

Its Advent Sunday and we are all looking forward to Christmas when we all celebrate the time when the creator of the universe came and lived on a rather unimportant planet orbiting a minor sun on the outskirts of the Roman empire in an unimportant village of the province … Continue reading

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New Generosity: St Mary’s Easton Patronal 2018

The church was packed.  Just under 100 people largely from Easton but also from the other villages as well.  The format was the same as our usual Valley Worship services – informal but this time without the band but still … Continue reading

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‘The Lost’ 2018 Remembrance Service in Itchen Valley Parish by Revd Alex Pease

It doesn’t matter who you are: you can be a ambassador from the Commonwealth; you can be a president or head of state of another country; you can be a bride on the day of your wedding to a Prince; … Continue reading

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All Souls Service in Itchen Valley Parish 2018

On Sunday 4th November we held a service of Commemoration of the Faithful Departed at St John’s Itchen Abbas.  We commemorated by name and lit candle around 100 people that we love so much who have died.  Around 50 people … Continue reading

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Mark 12:29-34 Love God and you will be able to love neighbour – a short sermon for BCP

This is such a famous passage.  What is the most important commandment? Jesus says: ‘love God; and love neighbour as yourself’.  We know it well. But if it is as simple as that, why then does Jesus say to the scribe … Continue reading

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How we can learn to be ‘Even More’ people from Blind Bartimaeus Mark 10:46-52 by Revd. Alex Pease

It was pouring with rain. I was just leaving Bank station.  People were rushing to get home and I was rushing to get to a reception in the City; and I almost stepped on her….. She was sitting curled up on the steps looking down but holding up an … Continue reading

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How can we have peace? Philippians 4:1-9 New Resources by Revd. Alex Pease

New Resources Philippians 4:1-9 How can we have peace? I don’t mean “PEACE man!” as the hippies used to say in the 70s, although, of course, not having conflict in the world would be wonderful…. But how can we have peace, in the every day situations in which we … Continue reading

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