Author Archives: Chris Hancock

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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The Human Touch – Sermon on Mark 5:21-43

Readings The Gospels have not been written randomly, the ordering of the stories is deliberate and careful It is normal to look either side of a reading to see how it fits with what surrounds it – the surrounding stories … Continue reading

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Our Fathers’ Day

3rd Sunday after Trinity, Proper 6 Year B Readings 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17 Mark 4:26-34 Sermon To all the Fathers, Happy Fathers’ day! We will be looking at what it means to be a father and to call … Continue reading

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Exploring the Holy Trinity – by way of the cross

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17   Sermon It is not uncommon on Trinity Sunday to duck this most difficult area of Christian doctrine – but I will do my best to explore this mystery – of how three … Continue reading

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Come on Baby light my fire – Sermon for Pentecost

  God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore … Continue reading

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Prayer station 5. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

Why would God lead us into temptation?  If you find yourself wondering this then you are in good company as Henry VIII was so offended by the idea that he believed it must have been a mistake in the text … Continue reading

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4. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

It you look up the Lord’s prayer in the Bible you will see that words we know as trespasses are not in either account.  Matthew 6:12 has ‘debts’ (literally things which are owed, obligations) while the word trespasses (transgressions, overstepping … Continue reading

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3. Give us this day our daily bread

The Greek word translated as ‘daily’ (epiousion) occurs nowhere else in the ancient world so its meaning is hard to determine. It seems that it literally means ‘for being’.  Bread ‘for being’ is the minimum which we need to survive … Continue reading

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2. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

  The second prayer is for the coming of God’s kingdom. One of the central questions for us during these days of the Novena, (the nine days between Ascension Day (10th May) and Pentecost (20th May) is what it means … Continue reading

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1 Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name

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