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Hunger and thirst for righteousness Matthew 5:6 by James Wright

With many apologies (from Alex Pease) for failing to record this excellent sermon – too much technology to deal with at once! Introduction 100 years ago Oswald Chambers wrote that, at first, the Beatitudes appear to be just beautiful instructions for … Continue reading

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Peter: unschooled, unreliable, but filled with the Holy Spirit, brings Dorcas back to life Acts 9:36-43 by Revd. Alex Pease

This talk was given at a service of Communion with baptism of baby Jack in St John’s Itchen Abbas Acts 9:36-43 We have just heard a story from the Bible, from the Acts of the Apostles, about a death: the … Continue reading

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Superheroes: Joseph and God’s Big Plan by James Greig – May Family Service Sunday 5th May 2019

SUPERHEROES: JOSEPH AND GOD’S BIG PLAN On Sunday we started a new series exploring Biblical superheroes. Over the next few months we are going to look at some remarkable characters throughout the Bible, and how God used them Today we … Continue reading

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The Risen Christ and the Challenges he gives us by Revd. Christopher Blissard-Barnes John 20:19-23

With apologies for the late posting of this sermon from Sunday 28th April 2019 Following the battle of Waterloo, General  Wellington sent a message back to London which read, ” Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.”  But there was a problem … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday – Important News John 20:1-18 by Revd Alex Pease

We were packed out at St John’s Itchen Abbas this morning – 166 – more than 10% of the civil population!  This was hugely encouraging and thank you to the Itchen Abbas Church Wardens and sidesmen/women and to the Tottle … Continue reading

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What foot washing tells us about the character of God A sermon for Maundy Thursday John 13:1-20 by Revd. Alex Pease

John 13:1-20 What would you do? What would I do, if we won the Lottery? And when I say ‘won’, I don’t mean the odd thousand.  I mean millions and millions. One mega winner gave up work and travelled the … Continue reading

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‘I am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it?’ Isaiah 43:16-21 by Revd Alex Pease

Isaiah 43:16-21 Do you glory in the past or are you excited by the future? When I was an ordinand, one of my tasks was to go and work on secondment with a vicar called Arthur in a parish in … Continue reading

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Why St Paul doesn’t tell women to love self sacrificially – Mothering Sunday sermon by Revd. Alex Pease

Mothering Sunday 2019 Mothering Sunday is not the same as Mothers Day. Mothers’ Day was first proclaimed in the United States by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 after a campaign led by a lady called Anna Jarvis who wanted to honour … Continue reading

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Judgement and Fruitfulness Luke 13:1-9 by Revd Christopher Blissard-Barnes

Sermon for  Martyr Worthy,  March 24th, 2019.  Luke 13; 1-9. Whenever Pontius Pilate ‘s name come up, whether when we are reciting one of the Creeds in Church, or in our Bible reading, or particularly once again in Holy Week … Continue reading

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Abram believed God and God reckoned it to him as righteousness Genesis 15:1-18 – a homily for BCP

Genesis 15:1-18 Just a bit of a diversion to begin with….This passage includes some very bizarre language about cutting up animals and separating them. So just a brief explanation.  This was a way of making a valid contract in the … Continue reading

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Jean Val Jean and the Sermon on the Mount – Blessed are the Meek Matthew 5:3 by Revd Alex Pease

  ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth’ Almost all the time when I am doing this job, particularly when I am preaching, I come across some of the words of Jesus which I personally find extremely … Continue reading

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Fasting, what’s that about then? by Revd. Alex Pease Isaiah 58:1-14

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. From the Church of England Ash Wednesday service As we start Lent, we typically ask ourselves ‘what am I going to … Continue reading

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Luke 9:28-36 We get to look like our dogs, how about getting to look like God? by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 9:28-36 The Transfiguration Is it that people get to look like their dogs, or that they buy dogs which look like them? Or is it that the way we treat our dogs, because it’s similar to the way we treat … Continue reading

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Who’s in the boat? Luke 8:22-25 by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 8:22-25 Jesus stills a storm The boat is keeling over.  The sails are flapping furiously.  The waves are crashing over the deck. The water is pouring in.  And the fishermen (experienced men of that stretch of water) are certain … Continue reading

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God transforms our hearts through mourning Matthew 5:7 by James Greig

GOD TRANSFORMS OUR HEART’S THROUGH MOURNING.  We are continuing our series that is looking at Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the mount, which are probably Jesus’ most practical teachings on how to conduct our lives and fulfil his callings, whilst … Continue reading

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