Author Archives: Chris Hancock

Blessed are those who come (in)to church – Proper 2C 2019

Texts Luke 6:17-26 Jeremiah 17:5-10 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 It upsets me that people are frightened of going to church – but it seems to be the case. At a recent funeral the attendees were literally waiting at the gate of … Continue reading

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Cana revisited: Transforming Church – Transforming Lives

Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11   Sermon: I don’t know how often you get to Guildford Cathedral I was there last Sunday evening for the “Epiphany Procession” It is a special service which focuses through readings, music and … Continue reading

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On the trail of the ‘Unsearchable Riches of Christ’ (Epiphany Year C)

Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12   Today is the feast of Epiphany and Epiphany is all about light! The Greek root – epiphaino – literally means to bring to light We are used to the many metaphorical uses of light To … Continue reading

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The King of Love – sermon for Christ the King 2018

Readings: Rev 1.4-8 John 18:33-37 Sermon: “Are you the king of the Jews?” asks Pilate. In fact, this was to be Jesus’s death sentence. That’s what it said on the titulus – the notice that was written above Jesus’s head … Continue reading

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What and why should we remember?

Readings for Remembrance 2018 Micah 4:1-5 Philippians 4:6-9 Sermon Why do we remember? We have heard a lot in the last week about different ways in which people have remembered the First World War. They built monuments They recorded names … Continue reading

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Follow me, if you dare! Sermon on Proper 24B 2018

Readings Isaiah 53:4-12 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45   Sermon Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him… “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” Oh dear! The … Continue reading

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Taking up the Holy Cross (Sermon on Proper 19B, 16th September, 2018)

TEXTS: Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38   Who do you say that I am? Who do you say that Jesus is? Who is Jesus to you?   While you are thinking about that, what do the disciples say? John … Continue reading

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LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY OF BREAD

Readings for Proper 13B You remember the famous I am sayings of Jesus in John’s Gospel?  I am: The light of the world I am the way the truth and the life The true vine The good shepherd The sheep … Continue reading

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Building the house of the lord

Readings for Proper 11B Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The lectionary this summer takes us on a tour of the book of Ephesians over 7 weeks Six chapters which means you can read 1 chapter for each of the next … Continue reading

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It’s not just a game – it’s life and death

John, whom I beheaded, has been raised This is probably how Theresa May feels about Boris Johnson – he has come back from the dead in the form of Donald Trump Prophets are annoying – it’s their job.  This story … Continue reading

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