Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sermon – George Walker Commemoration 2012

100 years ago this year almost half a million people signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant to oppose the introduction of Home Rule in Dublin. Sir Edward Carson was the first person to sign the Covenant, and symbolically did … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 20.1-18 – Easter Vigil / Easter Day (8.4.12)

Darkness covered the face of the deep. The formless beginning, the chaos. The void. The wind and the word, God’s breath, God’s speech, summoning things never known before into being. Life and light. The first day. Creation….In the beginning was … Continue reading

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The Easter Vigil

After the emotion of the approach to the cross, the stillness and lack of activity on Easter Eve is a somewhat welcome reprieve. Time to be still, to reflect, to assimilate all that has happened. To enter the dimly lit … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 19:38-42 – Good Friday III (6.4.12)

Tom Wright, the bishop and theologian, tells a story about a camel called Michael. He was on a tour of the Holy Land, and their day had finished. Some of the group were keen to do something different, and so … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 19:31-37 – Good Friday II (6.4.12)

Perhaps you have had a moment when you experienced a strange compulsion to go to a place where, though you couldn’t have known it, someone you needed was waiting – or someone who needed you. It’s only when you look … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 19:25-30 – Good Friday I (6.4.12)

I heard a story of life in Lebanon during the awful civil war in the late 20th century. The man who told the story commented that rival militias were stalking the streets of Beirut. Men, armed to the teeth, were … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Good Friday

The journey through the church year brings a certain sense of rhythm to a parish, and to our devotional life. We make the long jounrey up the hill during Advent and Lent, and reach the summit on Christmas Day and … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 19.16-24 – Maundy Thursday (5.4.12)

There was a shocking photograph in the newspapers some time back. A cart was being driven through the streets of a city in the Far East. On the cart were standing 15 or 20 men. Round the neck of each, … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 18:33-40 – Wednesday in Holy Week (4.4.12)

The ancient world knew much more about kings and queens that we do today. Where they still exist today, they mostly live and work within a carefully constructed framework. They are not “absolute” monarchs, but “constitutional” monarchs. They can bring … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 18:15-27 – Tuesday in Holy Week (3.4.12.)

There is a part of the human brain which seems to be closed off most of the time, and which can only be accessed by smell. You can be walking down the street, thinking of something completely different, when a … Continue reading

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