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Crib Service St Mary’s Easton 2018

Over 300 of us found a place to stand or sit to engage in the Easton Crib service, for many those who have been attending something that they have enjoyed at Christmas all their lives. Christmas has really started in … Continue reading

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Mary’s Song of Praise Luke 1:39-55 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Suppose you were looking for a women to change the world – who would you choose? Theresa May maybe or Laverne Cox. Maybe Gina Miller or Rita Ora But an unknown relatively poor fiancé to a carpenter? Little Mary meek … Continue reading

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Peace at Christmas a Sermon for CAMEO Philippians 4:4-7

I hope that you are all ready for Christmas! Some of you will be thinking when I say that: ‘Doesn’t he understand my situation?’, I probably won’t see my family over Christmas’, or ‘Christmas always reminds me of the person … Continue reading

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How to move from ‘won’t’ to ‘want’ John 3:1-15 by Revd. Alex Pease

Well its been eight months since I was licensed as your Rector at that amazing service in April on what would have been our Valley Worship Sunday here in Easton. The warmth of your welcome and encouragement was palpable and … Continue reading

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Don’t use Advent just to escape, use it to notice what the world is like, in the light of Christ! Luke 3:1-6 Philippians 1:3-11 by Archdeacon Richard Brand

Come Holy Spirit: what we know not, teach us; what we have not, grant us; what we are not, make us; for your love’s sake. Amen. If you have a visitor coming, are you of the  ‘Tidy up the place, … Continue reading

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Advent Sunday 2018 Luke 21:25-33 Sermon for BCP by Revd Alex Pease

Its Advent Sunday and we are all looking forward to Christmas when we all celebrate the time when the creator of the universe came and lived on a rather unimportant planet orbiting a minor sun on the outskirts of the Roman empire in an unimportant village of the province … Continue reading

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New Generosity: St Mary’s Easton Patronal 2018

The church was packed.  Just under 100 people largely from Easton but also from the other villages as well.  The format was the same as our usual Valley Worship services – informal but this time without the band but still … Continue reading

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‘The Lost’ 2018 Remembrance Service in Itchen Valley Parish by Revd Alex Pease

It doesn’t matter who you are: you can be a ambassador from the Commonwealth; you can be a president or head of state of another country; you can be a bride on the day of your wedding to a Prince; … Continue reading

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All Souls Service in Itchen Valley Parish 2018

On Sunday 4th November we held a service of Commemoration of the Faithful Departed at St John’s Itchen Abbas.  We commemorated by name and lit candle around 100 people that we love so much who have died.  Around 50 people … Continue reading

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Mark 12:29-34 Love God and you will be able to love neighbour – a short sermon for BCP

This is such a famous passage.  What is the most important commandment? Jesus says: ‘love God; and love neighbour as yourself’.  We know it well. But if it is as simple as that, why then does Jesus say to the scribe … Continue reading

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How we can learn to be ‘Even More’ people from Blind Bartimaeus Mark 10:46-52 by Revd. Alex Pease

It was pouring with rain. I was just leaving Bank station.  People were rushing to get home and I was rushing to get to a reception in the City; and I almost stepped on her….. She was sitting curled up on the steps looking down but holding up an … Continue reading

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How can we have peace? Philippians 4:1-9 New Resources by Revd. Alex Pease

New Resources Philippians 4:1-9 How can we have peace? I don’t mean “PEACE man!” as the hippies used to say in the 70s, although, of course, not having conflict in the world would be wonderful…. But how can we have peace, in the every day situations in which we … Continue reading

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Tear Fund Talk at Itchen Valley Parish Harvest Festival 2018

We were very fortunate to have a speaker, Richard Pitt, from the Tear Fund at our principal Harvest Festival service at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Sunday 14th October 2018. He gave the following talk: Imagine if you started a … Continue reading

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The antidote to worries about Brexit – Matthew 6:25-37 – a talk for harvest by Revd Alex Pease

The last time I preached on this subject was at my daughter Marina’s graduation from St Andrews University.  I had been invited to preach by the Chaplain, delighted that someone would take some of the burden of preaching at all the … Continue reading

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Who is the greatest? Mark 9:33-37 by LLM Gerry Stacey

Unfortunately we missed the recording of the beginning of Gerry’s talk but you can here the rest above. Who is the greatest? Reminded of last night’s boxing match after which people are comparing Anthony Joshua to Mohammed Ali. Well Ali … Continue reading

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