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Sermons from July 2020

Struggle against slavery – 30th July 2020 Alan Amos

If you look in the Church of England calendar for 30th July,   you find three names grouped together for commemoration;   one is well-known William Wilberforce the others I had to find out about. What links these names,  is their struggle against slavery.     There is no time to go into detail about our three abolitionist heroes of today’s commemoration,but I will note that…

Trinity 6 2020 Chris Welsh

How do you read your Bible? Rich and beautiful as our scriptures are, it isn’t an easy text. We all know what it says but don’t always agree on what it means. Any preacher will tell of the regular struggle to make sense of what is before us. In part, this is because we all read scripture through the lens of our…

Homily for celebration of St. Mary Magdalen, 23rd July 2020- Alan Amos

Pope Gregory the Great has a great deal to answer for.   He did some great things,  like sending Augustine to Kent on the mission to the Anglo-Saxons;   the problem with that turned out to be that there were Christians in the British Isles already,  who were Celts,  and whom Augustine mortally offended.  The Anglo-Saxon mission risked dividing further a Church which was…

SAINT OSMUND 16th JULY – Alan Amos

This week in the Church of England calendar we have commemorations of two saints from adjacent dioceses in southern England.  Yesterday was the celebration of Saint Swithun, an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester,  chiefly famed for dubious weather forecasts ascribed to his influence.  In this fuller webpage version of my homily,  I will include something in commemoration of him at the end. But…

Sermon The parable of the sower – 12th July Chris Welsh

Trinity 5  Pentecost 6 In the early 1960s, my online entertainment included a silly programme on the wireless called ‘Beyond our Ken’. There was a character, a very British farmer with a robust Dorset accent, Arthur Fallowfield, who would respond to every question with a confident “Well, I think the answer lies in the soil”.  We would never recall the question but…

The Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia – Alan Amos 9th July

Saint Benedict of Nursia was born c. 480 and died c 547 at Monte Cassino, where he was the founder of the monastery.   He is regarded as the father of  Western monasticism. In the cover picture for our service,  you will see Saint Benedict with the raven.  Many stories are told about how he used to feed this raven by hand,  and…

St Thomas 5 July 2020 Chris Welsh

   Habakkuk 2.1-4                                                                                                                       Psalm 31.1-6                                                                                                                           Ephesians 2.19-22                                                                                                                  John 20.24-29 Do you have doubts?  And how do you manage them? The apostle Thomas is eternally linked to doubt.  Doubting Thomas; Thomas the doubter. He is stuck with it.  And my childhood memory of what I was taught about him certainly confines him to the naughty corner, not quite…

Feast of the Apostle Saint Thomas – 2 July 2020 Canon Alan Amos

For the icon displayed on the cover sheet of the order of service,   see : https://apostlethomas.org/ You may also like to look  at the icon given in the following link :  1.  Various dates have been assigned to the feast of the Apostle St. Thomas;    both the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches have in their modern calendars moved the feast from 21st…