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A Sermon for Maundy Thursday (09/04/20): When We Can’t Take and Eat and Drink

When We Can’t Take and Eat and Drink  Matthew 26:26-30 Jesus says to his gathered disciples as he offers them bread: “Take, eat, this is my body.” And as he hands them the cup of wine he says: “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured …

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A Sermon for Holy Week (2): The Fragrance of What Mary Did

The Fragrance of what Mary did  John 12:1-8  The final stage of Jesus’ journey starts here . Between the days of frantic activity Jesus rests in Bethany, the place called House of affliction. There are now just six days until the Passover. Which makes this Saturday night. The day of sanctified rest, the Sabbath, has come to an …

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A Sermon for Palm Sunday (05/04/20): A Political Drama – Part 2

The second of my Palm Sunday sermons picks up the theme of the second gospel reading for the day, Matthew 27:11-26. It also makes quite extensive reference to other parts of the Holy Week narrative. So you might also like to look at: Matthew 21:12-17, 26:47-68 A Political Drama – Part 2 Matthew 27:11-26 The …

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A Sermon for Palm Sunday (05/04/20): A Political Drama – Part 1

The lectionary offers two gospel readings for the 6th Sunday in Lent. The first is the obvious one, the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the second is the Passion Narrative. So for Palm Sunday I have two connected sermons. The first, here, on the Triumphal Entry and the second, later, on Jesus’ trial. …

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A Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent (29/03/20): If you had been here

If you had been here John 11:1-44 Both Martha and Mary say the same thing to Jesus when he arrives in Bethany a few days after their brother’s death: “Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died.” Their response is a natural human one in the face of tragedy and heartache. Perhaps …

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