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Full shelves and empty hearts: The Delight Deficit Psalm 100 Philippians 4:4 by Revd Alex Pease

1 egg,  2 ounces of tea  2 ounces of butter, an ounce of cheese,  eight ounces of sugar,  four ounces of bacon  four ounces of ham  four ounces of margarine 3 pints of milk….. These were the weekly food rations … Continue reading

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None of us are too lost to be of interest to Jesus Luke 15:1-10 CAMEO

The Bishop of Chelmsford tells a story of the first church that he ledafter his curacy.  He had not read the description of the parish very carefully, but had accepted the job anyway. When he arrived at the church for the first time he remarked to a church … Continue reading

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Valley Worship and Patronal Sunday 15th September 2019

The Sun was shining, the church was full and the Holy Spirit was tangible by His presence.  – that was this mornings Valley Worship informal service and patronal at St Mary’s Easton.  This was an excuse for St Mary’s to … Continue reading

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David and Goliath at Family Worship at St Mary’s Easton by Tim Clapp

The story of the Sword and the wool Today Tim led us in a spectacular retelling of the David and Goliath story from the Bible. We learned what a nine foot man looked like after measuring Maximilian standing on the … Continue reading

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Avoiding jockeying for position when we speak to our neighbours Luke 14:1,7-14 by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 14:1,7-14 I feel really challenged by this reading.  Perhaps others do too. I think, in this parable, Jesus is critiquing all jockeying for position; all attempts to rank ourselves ahead of others, in how we perceive ourselves and how … Continue reading

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Why the Sabbath is really about freeing slaves and how we can do our bit Luke 13:10-17 by Revd Alex Pease

‘Have you always been religious?’  I get this quite a lot.  People look at my dog collar or have politely asked me what I do….and, reeling from the answer ‘I am vicar, will say something like: ‘Have you always been … Continue reading

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CAMEO 100 lunch by Revd Alex Pease

What fun we had!  With tri-colour bunting across the church and our tables bedecked like a Parisian cafe, both guests and helpers turned up dressed like the cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo for our 100th CAMEO lunch.  Nora had prepared and … Continue reading

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Elsie Lark Binney-Martin 2018-2019

St Mary’s Easton was bedecked with soft toys and filled with lit candles and many, many photos as we gathered as a community to say goodbye to Elsie Lark and stand with her parents Phil and Helena in their grief. … Continue reading

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Real Peacemakers Matthew 5:9 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Anyone know the connection between Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Obama?  How about I add in Nelson Mandela and mother Theresa and it will be obvious to all. They all won a Nobel peace prize! Now, I mention this because in … Continue reading

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There will be division, but not, please, because of us Luke 12:49-56 by Revd Alex Pease

‘Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!’ This sounds such strange language from Jesus.  Isn’t Jesus about giving us freedom from our sins; about giving us peace; … Continue reading

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‘Read to me about the rich farmer, Daddy’ Luke 12:13-21 by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 12:13-21 I have always found this parable of Jesus, the parable of the Rich Farmer, profoundly challenging When we were living in Tokyo, where our youngest Marina was born and I was working for the law firm, I used, … Continue reading

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Pray with persistence Luke 11: 1-13 by Revd. Alex Pease

Luke 11: 1-13 I met up with a couple that I don’t know the other day, while walking through one of the villages. Seeing that I was a vicar, they were telling me about a huge challenge that one of … Continue reading

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Valley Worship July 2019: Every Day Lives, the whirlpool of sin and the pure in heart, Matthew 5:8 by Revd. Alex Pease

Every Day Lives – Dan Day-Robinson Every Valley Worship Sunday at the beginning of the service we have an ‘Every Day Lives’ section to the service in which someone from the congregation speaks about their faith journey.  This Sunday, Dan … Continue reading

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Baking can be worship as well Luke 10:38-42 Martha and Mary by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 10:38-42 Martha and Mary – a homily for 8am BCP Communion Its not about the cake… Poor Martha.  She has done all the cooking and not unreasonably asks Jesus to prompt her sister Mary to help but she is … Continue reading

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A baby at the whim of a stranger – Moses in the basket Exodus 2:1-5 a sermon for CAMEO by Revd. Alex Pease

Everything turned upon what she would do when she opened the basket…. This story of Moses being put in a basket and floated down the Nile and rescued by Pharoah’s daughter, this story is so familiar to us from Sunday … Continue reading

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