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Depend upon the Flesh: John 6:35-59 Part 2 by Revd Alex Pease

What do you depend upon? Jesus gives us two images in the passage we have just read: The Bread  and the Flesh This morning, I described how Jesus speaks of being the Bread of Life.  He is the one thing that we need to … Continue reading

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Depend upon the Bread John 6:35-51 Part 1 by Revd Alex Pease

John 6: 35-59 I am the Bread of Life What do you depend upon?  Jesus give us two images in our passage this morning: The Bread  and the Flesh. This morning I am speaking about the Bread.  This evening at … Continue reading

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Sheep flying or plummeting from the cliffs, we need a shepherd Mark 6:30-56 by Revd Alex Pease

Mark 6: 30-56 Last week (at the BCP) we discovered, from Mark’s breathless narrative, that the disciples had been sent out two by two to the surrounding villages with nothing, but trust in Jesus to support them.  And that trust … Continue reading

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Jesus: Compassion, Flexibility and Story by Revd David Chattell

Today we welcomed our new Rural Dean David Chattell the Rector of Fairleigh, Candover and Wield to preach at our Parish Communion at St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy.  Please listen again to his talk by pressing the start button here.  The … Continue reading

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Rural Dean Preaching This Sunday

Our new Rural Dean the Revd. David Chattell – Rector of Farleigh, Candover and Wield will be preaching at Parish Communion this Sunday, 10am at St Swithun’s, Martyr Worthy – do try to come along to hear him.

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New Friendships Philippians 2:19-30

Friendship  How many friends do you have? By friends I mean:  People other than your husband or wife or children or parents with whom you can share your joys and sadnesses, hopes and fears. I don’t necessarily mean neighbours (although our neighbours could of course also be our … Continue reading

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Mark 6:6-13 The essential element for our journey – sermon for BCP Communion

What was the essential item that the disciples must carry with them when Jesus sent them out? One of the striking aspects of last year was, of course, the Who Cares survey.  But a lot of us felt reluctant to knock on the doors of … Continue reading

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How to cope with suffering – a sermon for CAMEO – Luke 21:5-21 by Revd Alex Pease

Luke 21:5-19 I don’t know how many of you have been to Jerusalem, but one of the great sites is temple mount, where the Jewish temple used to stand.  The temple was one of the wonders of the Ancient World.  It dominated the city and … Continue reading

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Martyr Worthy Patronal Service and Reception

St Swinthun’s Patronal Martyr Worthy 8th July 2018 As our guest preacher, the Vicar of Sunnyside and Bourne End, known to us simply as ‘Rebecca’, said in her sermon to us, St Swithun is normally associated with rain. But there … Continue reading

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Mark 6:1-13 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Jesus sends us ordinary people out into the world with the simple message of love, a staff and a companion to shake the world out of its affluent complacency.  Not with an aeroplane….

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The Rich Young Ruler and ‘Hold in the Heart’ Mark 10/17-31

Mark 10:17-31 The Rich Young Ruler For All Age Worship Jesus is approached by a really wonderful young man. He asks Jesus ‘what must I do to  to have eternal life?’ Jesus says: you know the commandments: don’t murder; don’t commit adultery; don’t steal; don’t lie; don’t … Continue reading

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Faith, it’s a risky business, but we have to take the risk to get the faith Mark 5:21-35 by Revd Alex Pease

Mark 5:21-35  Faith, its a risky business Faith.  What is it?  How do we get it? It’s a great question. When I speak to people in the Valley, I get the impression sometimes that they see faith as a suspension … Continue reading

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How we can respond to a crisis: ‘here we go again’ Mark 4:35-41 by Revd Alex Pease

Mark 4:35-41 The three trusts How frightened have you been in your life? Taxiing along the runway of an airfield in California 30 years ago, for the first time, with six other people all togged up with parachutes, it dawned on me that I was not coming … Continue reading

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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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