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How we can be light in a dark world, whatever we can do Matthew 4:12-23 by Revd Alex Pease

The people living in darkness have seen a great light Darkness Darkness Its not often that we experience absolute darkness.  The night sky on a clear night is wonderful with the moon, the constellations of stars that make us wonder … Continue reading

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Romans 1 and the wrath of God…a difficult talk by Revd Alex Pease

Romans 1 In the closing years of the fourth Century AD, a man who had had a life of sexual and intellectual adventures, while weeping about his past under a fig tree, heard a child chanting in Latin ‘Tolle Lege’ … Continue reading

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Is it the baptism of water or the Holy Spirit that we want? by Revd Alex Pease John 1:29-42

John 1:29-42  John’s disciples follow Jesus What is the most important: the wedding or the marriage? I get a lot of brides who give me the impression that it is the wedding which is most important.  They are prepared to … Continue reading

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The Baptism of Christ….and James Robertson Matthew 3:13-end by Gerry Stacey

We had the great pleasure of baptising James Robertson today, Will and Penelope Robertson’s No 1 at our Parish Communion at St John’s Itchen Abbas. LLM Gerry Stacey preached as follows: Matthew 3:13-end The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came … Continue reading

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The Darker Side to Christmas Matthew 2:13-23 by Revd. Christopher Blissard-Barnes

Matthew 2: 13-23. A well -known historian who did not believe in the Christian faith once said to a Bishop that people like Christmas because a baby threatens no one. ” The whole thing is a happy event which means … Continue reading

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Christmas Morning 2019 in Itchen Valley Parish

We were packed out at St John’s Itchen Abbas and did run out of seats (at 160 plus we were bound to do so) – so sorry for those of you who had to stand!  But we had a lot … Continue reading

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All of history as preparation for Christmas Day by LLM Gerry Stacey

What links about a third of the pictures in the National gallery with Shakespeares Macbeth and King Lear?  What is the relationship between works by Handel and Haydn and Bach and songs by Bob Dylan Katy Perry and even the Spice … Continue reading

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Robin Hood, the Return of the King and the Messianic Secret Matthew 11:2-11 and Isaiah 35:1-10 by Revd. Alex Pease

I went to the Easton Panto on Thursday night. For those who have not been, it is Robin Hood this year, and, of course, the concept of Robin Hood fighting injustice and taking from the rich, to give to the … Continue reading

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Are you significant in a world which has Christmas? By Revd Alex Pease

Significance and Christmas Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 How significant is Christmas for you? How significant is Christmas for you? I don’t know if you have been into Alton recently but you may have seen, instead of a Christmas Tree a … Continue reading

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The King is coming. Are we ready? Advent 2019 Matthew 24:36-44 by Revd Alex Pease

We held a special Advent Sung Parish Communion this morning at St Mary’s Easton.  The wonderful Itchen Valley Parish Choir led by Major-General Tim Tyler sang the choir parts of the communion brilliantly – all very moving.  Thank you to … Continue reading

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Christ the King – but is he really in charge? Luke 23:33-43 by Revd Christopher Blizzard-Barnes

As we look at our world today, with all its’ difficulties and uncertainties, for example over Brexit, international conflicts and tensions, oppression, poverty and hunger, religious persecution and climate change, together with personal issues we may face in our own … Continue reading

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Valley Worship Baptism and Confirmation November 2019

We had a wonderful service today at St Mary’s Easton.  The church was packed with over 80 worshippers and that was really good because it was an important service for two reasons:  Firstly, because it was the baptism and confirmation … Continue reading

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Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:31-39 by Revd Alex Pease

Romans 8:31-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! But what does ‘separate’ mean? It must mean that we no longer know or experience the love of Christ. But … Continue reading

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All Souls Service at St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy 2019 – Bereavement and the emptiness that God does not fill by Revd Alex Pease

Just under 60 of us attended our annual All Souls Service this evening at St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy.  As a body, we stood with those who have lost people that they loved and shared in some small way in their … Continue reading

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The Rotter and the Religious – a sermon for BCP – Luke 19:1-10, Isaiah 1:10-18

Luke 19:1-10 and Isaiah 1:10-18, Two rich men: One religious, One a rotter, but which one, when encountering Jesus, goes away sad? The religious or the rotter? Well, its the religious one.  Because, I think we all know the story … Continue reading

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