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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.


Wheat or Weed?

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Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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!


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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