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What are we doing on earth? A question for Palm Sunday 2020 Luke 19:28-40 by Revd Alex Pease

Palm Sunday 2020 Everyone was asking, ‘who is this Jesus?’ On Palm Sunday Jesus gave his answer.  He said who he is and who he is not.  But he did not give the answer directly, but in a way to … Continue reading

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Hope for when it isn’t ‘over before Christmas…or Easter’ Ezekiel 37:1-14 by Revd. Alex Pease

Ezekiel 37:1-14 ‘It will all be over before Christmas’ That is the cheerful (and probably imagined) response of the British to moments of great challenge, like the first world war ‘we will give this enemy a good thwacking and send … Continue reading

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Jesus can do more for us that we can possibly do for him The Woman at the Well John 4:5-42 by Revd Alex Pease

John 4:5-42 The Woman at the Well We have the APCM round the corner and I am obviously thinking a lot about the many people who contribute so much to our four churches over the course of the year. Apart … Continue reading

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Its only if there is justice that we can know that our sin is no more Romans 3:20-31 by Revd. Alex Pease

Romans 3:20-4:25  Its only if there’s justice that we can know that our sin is no more ‘There’s no justice’ its a common refrain from people standing in front of the cameras outside the Royal Courts in the Strand, from victims of … Continue reading

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Decisions and the Holy Spirit John 3:1-17 by Revd. Alex Pease

John 3:1-17 Jesus says:  ‘What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of the Spirit is spirit’ How do you make decisions? It seems to me that there are three ways of doing so: Firstly, the … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritan – a talk for Family Worship by Tim Clapp

Well did you enjoy that bible parable?  So does anybody know what the meaning is of a parable? It is a little story that Jesus used to teach with. What is Jesus trying to teach us with todays parable?  Does … Continue reading

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How to drive off the tempter Matthew 4:1-11 by Revd. Alex Pease

Matthew 4:1-11 You will have seen in IVN for this month that I asked our neighbours how they were getting on with their New Year’s Resolutions? It is a truism that gyms get out all sorts of new equipment for January … Continue reading

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Temptation and Lent – a sermon for Ash Wednesday by Revd. Alex Pease

Ash Wednesday Sermon 2020 – Temptation Temptation and Lent Do you go or have you ever been to a gym? The idea of a gym is to build our physical fitness and is a good thing to do even when … Continue reading

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Peter says: its tough now, but look at the evidence – He is King and He is coming back! 2 Peter 1:16 by Revd Katherine Miller

A couple of summers ago I had a letter through the post which said ‘Jury Summons’. I am sure if you have experienced being on a Jury you will agree, it is a fascinating experience. Put together with 11 others, … Continue reading

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The Transfiguration Matthew 17:1-9 by Revd Alex Pease

The Transfiguration of Jesus Matthew 17 Have you; have we ever glimpsed the transcendent or are we preoccupied with the immanent? Ok, so you may not know what these two words mean: transcendent and immanent. I will try to explain them, … Continue reading

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Wrath and Judgment for everyone, but then from behind the clouds…the Sun Romans 2-3:20 by Nicky Barber

Wrath, Judgment, anguish, distress, evil, injustice, condemnation.  All words from our passage today. That sounds very grim doesn’t it? Despite the fact that it is quite difficult to read, we can’t just skip it.  The Bible isn’t some sort of … Continue reading

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Worry, need, striving and strife, the birds and the lilies Matthew 5:25-end by Revd Alex Pease

What do you worry about? When my youngest daughter went to Africa for her gap year to support a hospital there, there was a great scandal going on.  Some money which had come from painstaking fund raising in the West … Continue reading

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You are the salt of the earth..you are the light of the world Isaiah 58:1-9 and Matthew 5:13-20 by Revd Andrew Ashdown

 “You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world.”  I expect that everyone of us has asked at some point in our lives: What is the point of my life?  Of course, our purpose and … Continue reading

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Walking in Itchen Valley guided by the Holy Spirit Luke 2:22-40 by Revd. Alex Pease

Luke 2:22-40 Have you ever missed something? Have you ever been absent when some event has happened which changes everything, but for some reason you did not know was happening? Of course, I can remember my mother’s ashen face when (aged … Continue reading

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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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