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Step out of that Slavery Philippians 2:12-18 by Revd Alex Pease

Philippians 2:12-18 I have been reading Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples over the last few months.  It’s been fascinating filling in a lot of gaps in my historical knowledge both about Britain but also about USA. Most recently, I have been … Continue reading

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How on earth do people go from ‘won’t’ to ‘want’? I dunno, but we shouldn’t need to know Mark 4:26-29 by Revd Alex Pease

It’s called: germination: the process by which seeds grow into standing shoots of corn. Science has given us a good understanding of how the process of germination and growth happens but, of course, from the point of view of a farmer in the first century, it … Continue reading

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Baptism by water, OK but by the Holy Spirit? What’s that about? John 3:1-15 by Revd Alex Pease

Nicodemus John 3:1-15 ‘He is an Englishman! For he himself has said it, And it’s greatly to his credit, That he is an Englishman! For he might have been a Roosian, A French, or Turk, or Proosian, Or perhaps Itali-an! … Continue reading

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A New Attitude Philippians 2:1-11 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Introduction by Revd Alex Pease: What we are about in Itchen Valley Parish is encouraging people to become followers of Jesus Christ; to become his disciples; to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for God’s purposes in our lives.  A … Continue reading

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When will the suffering end? We don’t know but we have something to do in the meantime Acts 1:1-11

Someone is coming….. Why doesn’t God step in and do something? It’s what we hear often when people are suffering. Or expressed in the other way, the way which drains us of all hope ‘if God really existed he would not have allowed this to happen’. … Continue reading

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Obedience, Freedom and Joy – all are possible….

Please do listen to God Pod episode 125.  A link to the God Pod follows.  This is a recording of a series of short talks at St Mellitus College in London a few weeks ago.  The talks were remarkable because … Continue reading

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Remain in the Vine John 15:1-8 by Revd Alex Pease

Remain in the Vine John 15:1-8 The Who Cares survey last year taught us about the many challenges that so many of us face in the Valley with over 40% of our population with problems with relationships and 16% with negative emotions. So many of our … Continue reading

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Other Sheep, one flock, one shepherd John 10:11-18 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Gerry’s sermon at Parish Communion on 23rd April 2018

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Easter, Entropy and the third banana

Easter, Entropy and the third banana Notes for a talk given at the Family Communion at St Mary’s Easton on Easter Sunday 2018 – the slides shown follow: Easter Assembly What is this – a green banana What is this … Continue reading

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Welcoming Christ in our hearts and making room for him by Gerry Stacey LLM

When I turned on the news this morning the first two items were about a church service in France to mourn the victims of the terrorist shooting and marches across America to protest against the gun laws there. Both incidents … Continue reading

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A new purpose Philippians 1:12-30

“I am in prison, but its good because…..” or “I am on death row, but its good because…..” Could we ever imagine saying that? It’s effectively what Paul was saying in this passage from Philippians verses 18-26. Last month, we … Continue reading

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Temptation for All Age Worship Matthew 4:1-12

Temptation for All Age Worship Matthew 4: 1-12 Before the service everyone who came in was given a toffee – in a red or blue wrapper and told ‘this is not for you, hold on to it and you will … Continue reading

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A new start, a new heart Philippians 1:1-11

There was nothing at the beginning. No church, probably not even a synagogue. It was a pagan military town in Macedonia, worshipping the gods of Rome and it all started (as revealed in Acts 16) with a handful of women … Continue reading

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It’s Lent, let’s do something really radical #praiseapolitician

The recording of the talk from the Ash Wednesday service follows or if you prefer please read the transcript below Do you ever feel that God ignores you, that he does not hear your prayers? Do you feel that they … Continue reading

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How to live well and find meaning in life

Please feel free to listen or read the transcript below It generally happens at parties. I get invited, I go along, I don’t wear my dog collar, and someone asks me, just to be polite….“what do you do?” Of course, … Continue reading

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