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The Lord Calls Samuel

This sermon is based on John 1: 43-51 Click the audio files below to listen to or to download the Gospel reading or the sermon. Read More

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Politics, Leadership and the Gifts of the Magi

This sermon is based on Matthew 2: 1-12 Click the audio files below to listen to or to download the Gospel reading or the sermon. Read More

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The Ministry of the Shepherds

The Ministry of the Shepherds St. Philip’s Christmas Day 2017 P. Potter   I speak to you this morning in the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   Amen   I.     Introduction        Today we celebrate the incarnation of God in human form – the Word made flesh. The incarnation is a fulfillment of prophecy,... Read More

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Advent 4

Advent 4—24th December, 2017   Luke 1:26-38   The Lord be with you.   They say time goes faster as we grow older, but young or old, today we will all have to become time travellers if we are going to move from the Annunciation to Jesus birth in a few hours—collapsing the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy into nine... Read More

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Reign of Christ, 26th November, 2017

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24;  1 Thessalonians 5:15-23;  Matthew 25:31-46 Let them wear tiaras!  In a bid to end bullying, the Archbishop of Canterbury recently hit the headlines for saying that little boys should be able to wear tiaras too if they want.  Hoping to eradicate stereotypes or shame-games that so easily... Read More

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John 21 - Stewardship

I spent my childhood summers at a cabin on a lake. Most days, usually shortly after dinner as a late summer afternoon was drawing close to evening, someone would announce: “I’m going fishing”. The proper response was always, “I’ll go with you”. If we were really on the ball, someone else would add, “And also with... Read More

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Proper 23—10th September, 2017 

Exodus 12:1-14;  Psalm 149;  Romans 13:8-14;  Matthew 18:15-20 It started with raised voices that half the office could hear, then the shouting began, and finally a door slammed followed by the sound of something smashing—that last bit adding a dramatic touch to the lively exchange of views that often... Read More

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Human and Divine

Human and Divine St. Philip’s September 3, 2017 P. Potter   Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts, be always acceptable in your sight, O God our rock and our redeemer.  Amen   I.     Introduction “Setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Jesus’ rebuke of Peter has... Read More

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Proper19-13th August, 2017

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 On the count of three, OK? Whether it’s taking that first step out of bed after surgery, having to speak in public if you are are not used to it, taking the plunge to wade through an icy mountain stream or at least risking a wetting... Read More

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Proper 17—30th July, 2017

Genesis 29:15-28;  Psalm 105:1-11;  Romans 8:26-39;  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 It was meant to be a special meal—our treat, possibly the last time when the four of us would be able to go out together, relax, talk and enjoy some fantastic food in a beautifully converted 16th Century mill.  Sharing such a perfect... Read More