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Who is in the driving seat?

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Mark 13:1-8
2nd Sunday before Advent
(18-11-12)

I don’t know what sort of a week you’ve had but mine has been full of meetings. Even worse most have centred on matters of finance. Groan, yawn!

The Diocese has produced a Finance Paper that is now being discussed by the Deanery and we have to decide how to implement it. In short it is crunch-time as the Deanery Treasurers meet next Thursday evening to allocate the Parish Share. (Please pray for that meeting). Parish share is the money we have to pay to the diocese and helps to run not just us but the Church of England in general. If we don’t collect in approx £600 per week we’re sunk basically. This explains why most clergy appointed recently, including me are only paid half a stipend (living).

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Remembrance 2012

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John 15:9-17
SMAS 10.45
(11-11-12)

I wonder what you think of when we hear people talk about heroes? Maybe you think of the chocolates? (sorry – I haven’t got any!) Maybe you think of characters like Batman, Superman, James Bond or Dr Who? Maybe for you – you have a person you picture: Mahatma Gandhi, Dietrich Bonheoffer, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King. Today we remember those who we call heroes. Those who gave and continue to give their lives for each one of us – so that we could be free. Today we wear our poppies. But why do we use the symbol of the poppy today?

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Humility

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Mark 12:38-44
SMAS 9am
(11-11-12)

A turtle wanted to spend the winter in Florida, but he knew he could never walk that far. He convinced a couple of geese to help him, each taking one end of a piece of rope, while he clamped his vice-like jaws in the centre. The flight went fine until someone on the ground
looked up in admiration and asked, "Who in the world thought of that?" Unable to resist the chance to take credit, the turtle opened his mouth to shout, "I did -- "

'Pride comes before a fall'. Humility is the sign of a great Christian. It’s difficult to achieve. It comes when we realize that others can achieve more than us, that others have more to offer than us, and ultimately when we realize how unworthy we are of all God has given us.

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Love Rules

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Mark 12:28-34
Fourth Sunday before Advent
(4-11-12)

This time last week the east-coast of the US was being warned about the impending disaster of Hurricane Sandy. I expect many people were faced with the difficult decision as to what they should try to save from their homes. That’s a question we quite often think about as a way of finding out what is improtant to people. Lots of people say photos which highlights what is really important in our life doesn’t it? And its a bit like the question in our gospel reading today.

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Saints Alive!

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Memorial Service
(28-10-12)

I remember hearing someone talking about caving, saying how you can sometimes suddenly find yourself in a huge lofty underground cavern with the most beautiful rock formations and colours that take your breath away. He went on to talk about how he had suddenly realised that the only way to see these wonders was by struggling through the tight and terrifying passages he’d just squeezed through to get there. The dark parts were part of the amazing experience. It seems to me that our experiences in life are similar?

The 1st of November is All Saints Day. Most people think 'saint' is a special person: wonderful, holy, or a brave martyr. But in the Bible the word 'saint' is a name for anyone who trusts in God. In the New Testament saints are those who either HAVE believed and those who DO believe. And it says the church is made up of two kinds of saints - those who have died in the Christian faith and they’re known as the Church Triumphant.

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