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Baptism of Christ

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Acts 1: 1-7 & 9 Mark 1:4-11
SMAS 9.00am & 10.30am Service
(22/01/12)

I want you to stop and think for a moment about anything you might have done wrong this week? Don’t worry I’m not going to ask you to own up to it now. It is of course possible that you think you haven’t but you would be deluding your self. All of us will have done some something, not robbed banks or mugged old ladies. But all of us will have done something where we put our thoughts and feelings first or something that harms someone else in some way – like gossiping about them.

And it has always been like that. That Bible reading speaks of people queuing up to be baptised by John the Baptist. And John’s Baptism was for people to confess their sins and be washed clean.

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Hearing God’s Call

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Samuel 3:1-10
2nd Sunday of Epiphany
SMAS (15.1.2012)

Today hardly anyone ever says anything about God, and most certainly no one ever tells you what God has said to them. Does God speak today? Probably most of us would say that God uses many ways to communicate with us, - the Bible, prayer, nature, Christian friends, sometimes an inner conviction that’s very insistent.

In the Bible there are lots of examples of God speaking to people. Remember Elijah who God spoke to in a still small voice. Moses where the voice came out of a burning bush. Isaiah where there was an incredible glory in the temple complete with a voice saying “Who shall I send?” Saul saw a bright light and heard a voice on the road to Damascus. God’s voice in John’s gospel is described as being like that of a shepherd, in Revelation it is like a trumpet and also rushing water, and in Job it’s like thunder. So God in the past has revealed Himself in different ways to different people.

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All-Age Talk for Epiphany

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Matthew 2:1-12
Willingham All-Age 10.30am Service
Epiphany (8.1.2012)

I expect that most of you have taken down your Christmas decorations but I haven’t! Anyone else not yet? (For those who think it is ‘unlucky’ to leave your decorations up past 12th night you have a problem. If you really believe in the superstition that the gods of the greenery really do escape out of the decorations and take residence in your house after 12th night do come and see me about it afterwards!)

On Friday it was the Feast of the Epiphany and that’s still Christmas and that’s what we are celebrating today. After telling you that I’m not too keen on Christmas and then how much I dislike New Year celebrations you might be pleased to know that I’m a real fan of Epiphany. It’s good! You may have decided that Christmas is well and truly over and that it is rather strange today to come to church and hear a reading about the three wisemen! Isn’t it a bit strange – surely we’ve done all of this once already?

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New Year's Resolutions

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Luke 2:15-21 & Galatians 4:4-7
January 1st 2012 – New Year’s Resolutions

Why are people so happy and optimistic on New Year’s Eve? Being a ‘glass half full’ person I tend to think of bad things that could happen. For example in the last 10 years we have lost Johnny Cash, Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and now Jimmy Saville. So, now we have No Cash, No Jobs, No Hope and no-one to Fix It!

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Christmas Morning 2011

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SMAS 10.00am Christmas Morning 2011

Tell me about your Christmas presents?

I've brought a couple of presents along today for Jesus. Let’s open 1st one and see what's inside. Hay/straw! I wonder why I might want to give that to Jesus? Well of course it’s because He was laid in a manger but it’s also because it’s the sort of thing we don't usually keep in the house isn't it? We keep it in the garage or shed – it’s for the rabbits or guinea pig. We keep it at a bit of distance, arm's length.

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