Sermon : Leusdon and Buckland 12th November 2017

Christianity is a remembrance religion. It goes back before time began. “I am that I am ” says God in Genesis. We remember Abraham who was told by God that he would be the father of many nations. We remember Moses and the other patriarchs. We remember Isaiah and Amos and the other prophets continually exhorting God’s chosen people to return to worship God and not mammon. And we remember Christ’s life, death and resurrection. The very essence of our Eucharist is a memorial meal. “Do this ” we say, “in remembrance that Christ died for you and be thankful ”. “Calling to mind his death upon the cross... ” says Prayer B in Common Worship. And what do we sing in the words of the Magnificat in the B C P. “He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel

Sermon Outline Buckland 19th November 2017

Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18.
1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Matthew 24.14-30

Three readings – one theme. Zephaniah writing in 700 BC of the terrifying account of the Day of Wrath of God when he will come to visit his people who have gone so far off the plan that he had for them. It is full of gloom and foreboding. God will come suddenly in overwhelming power and the rule of evil will be over.

Holne Remembrance - 12th November 2017

If you are like me, you may be one of those people who have significant numbers of unread books lining the shelves in your house. This past week, however, I’ve derived enormous interest from one slim volume written towards the end of World War II by a leading but comparatively little-known British General. But before I say anything about that, today I’d like to rephrase the words of another brave wartime personality, a nurse whom we remembered especially at this time two years ago, who said:"Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." The statuesque figure of Nurse Edith Cavell and her ability to hold to her beliefs and act upon them without resorting to hatred for others is a stunningly strong encouragement for us to do the same.

Sermon : Holne 5th November 2017: The Communion of Saints

November starts with the wonderful feast of All Saints Day, and the following day there is All Souls' Day. The days of Remembrance follow, and then at the end of the month we have the great concluding day of the Christian Year with Christ the King, before we go into Advent. It is as though we are given lots of example of the true Light, as the natural darkness of winter surrounds us.

Sermon: Postbridge 29th October 2017 - Bible Sunday

The bible is the best-selling book of all time – more copies sold than any other book. I can be pretty confident there is a bible in your home. Picture it there – beside your bed? In the book case? On a desk? Picture when you last opened it – earlier this morning, yesterday, a while ago? And why did you open it – to prepare for reading in church? To check a reference? As part of a regular bible reading habit? Have you written in it? Underlined verses that you really like? Highlighted passages? There’s a whole variety of experiences here with our own bibles.

Benefice Service - 29th October 2017 - Bible Sunday

Around 60 people from all the churches in the benefice took part in a modern language communion service on 'Bible Sunday' which, despite forecasts to the contrary, turned out to be a bright, dry and mild morning. The service was led by Simon Croft and Geoffrey Fenton preached. It was good to see a wide range of ages.