Category Archives: Mini-Message

The minister’s weekly “mini-message” or short written sermon.

Sunday 2 August Mini-Message

Our Bread As a rule, Christians think it is a good thing to be a Christian. It follows that they want others – especially friends and family – to be Christians as well. So far so good. The challenge is … Continue reading

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Sunday 26 July 2020 Mini-Message

It’s like… Think of a few questions that we have never been asked… “What’s it like to win Wimbledon?’” “What’s it like to have walked on the moon?’” (Add your own questions here!) We do know, however, how the answers might begin: … Continue reading

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Sunday 19 July 2020 Mini-Message

Elite wheat or woeful weeds? The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So … Continue reading

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Sunday 12 July 2020 Mini-Message

“May God bless you with careless handfuls of love.” I love this blessing. It is easy to remember and covers a wide range of situations, and there is a link with today’s gospel reading from Matthew 13:1-9. The parable of … Continue reading

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Sunday 5 July 2020 Mini-Message

Come, take, learn. What makes us weary? Lockdown is now easing but it has been a long time, longer than we thought it would be back in March. Weary of not seeing friends and family, weary of not seeing live … Continue reading

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Sunday 28 June 2020 Mini-Message

In 1994, when I was Chaplain of Eltham College, the school Chapel received a splendid gift, a stained-glass window designed by Hazel Parry. There it is as you walk down the aisle. The window tells a story of figures from … Continue reading

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Father’s Day, Sunday 21 2020 June Mini-Message

Happy birthday to Mark and Andrew our twin sons. One admirable quality they both share is that of being good fathers to four of our grandchildren. Double congratulations to them. This day is not straightforward for various reasons. Not everybody … Continue reading

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Sunday 14 June 2020 Mini-Message

Crowds, Compassion, Curing. Crowds: at present we avoid them ‘like the plague’. Crowds can threaten, can get out of control, but there are times when it is great to be part of a crowd. Moving slowly, queuing to get in, … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday 7 June 2020 Mini-Message

Black lives matter. What to write about Trinity Sunday in the light of protests, civil unrest, threats instead of appeals, blackout Tuesday as I write? I have been following the lectionary readings, more precisely one of them. Today I refer … Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020 Mini-Message

Now for something different. This is a special Sunday for Christians and the story of the tongues like flame and the mighty rushing wind is well known, today we look at  the gospel of John’s account Ch.20 verses 19-23. Come, … Continue reading

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