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God's Amazing Grace

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Matthew 20:1-16
11am SMAS Holy Communion
(18.9.2011)

Jesus' story makes little economic sense but that's not the point. He is giving a parable about grace, God's undeserved favour. We can’t calculate the grace of God like we can a day's wages. We receive it as a gift from God, it is not something we work hard to earn. The person who comes to God at the end of life, maybe like the thief on the cross, enjoys the same ultimate benefits as someone who follows God from early childhood. Jealousy of someone else's "unfair" rewards should not take the joy from our own. When we see someone come to faith we must share in their joy, not to be jealous. God has enough love and grace for everyone.

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Who do you say I am?

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Matthew 16:13-20
9th Sunday after Trinity,11am SMAS Holy Communion (21.8.2011)

A frog went up to a bank cashier. He can see from her name plate that her name is Patricia Whack. "Mrs Whack” he says, “I'd like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long vacation." Patti looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow. The frog says "£50,000." The cashier asks his name and the frog says it is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it is OK, he knows the bank manager.

Patti explains that £50,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall.

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Riots in England and the Phoenician Woman

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Matthew 15:21-28
All-Age Service (14.8.2011)

I had been looking forward to speaking on this Gospel passage today. It would though, be difficult to stand up and speak today as if this week had been just the same as any other. We will all have found the news in this country to be hard to take. For Alan and myself our home in Enfield. Our family is in Enfield. It was unbelievable to see the scenes on TV. It was even harder because we used to go to church with the policeman who involved in the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham in the 80’s. By involved I mean he was inline next to PC Blakelock when he was hacked to death in that riot, so close in line that the machete also went into his head and he has never been able to work again.

Our fears last Sunday evening were great, our sadness as the week developed was incredulous at the sickening news. What may have started out as a legitimate protest against the police and authorities very soon developed into out and out criminal behaviour.

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Wheat or Weed?

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Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
(17.7.2011)

A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. She has a near death experience and asks God if this is it. ‘No’ He says - she has another 30 years to live. Upon recovery she decides to just stay in the hospital and have a face lift, tummy tuck, changes her hair colour, the works. She reckons if she’s got another 30 years she might as well make the most of it. Walking out of the hospital after the last operation she’s killed by a speeding ambulance. Arriving in front of God she complains, “I thought you said I had another 30 years?” God replies, “I didn’t recognize you.” The joke is of course that God DOES recognise us!

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Childish or Child-like?

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Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
2nd Sunday after Trinity (3.7.2011)

If ever there was a passage that’s about you and me, right now here in this church this is it so - listen up! First I need to set it in its context.

A lady searching for the perfect birthday card for her husband found a promising one: "Sweetheart, you're the answer to my prayers." Then she turned to the inside, "You're not what I prayed for exactly, but apparently you are the answer." 

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