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Month: December 2017

No room at the inn?- Sermon for Christmas Eve 2017

Scripture Reading: Luke 2.1-7

No room at the inn?

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

‘…there was no room for them to stay in the inn’.

Those last words of our Bible reading tonight are terrible words. There is no room for a woman, who has travelled a long way, and who is about to give birth. No room for her faithful husband, who has come all from Nazareth with her, because the Emperor Augustus demanded it. No room for the child who is born, not even a place to lay him- just an animal feeding trough.

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The Word is not a Book- reflection for Service of Lessons and Carols, 24 December 2017

The Prologue to John’s Gospel is one of my favourite Bible passages. Normally, it’s the stories I enjoy most. But this most mysterious of passages is the one which puts the stories into context. For this is how we make sense of the Christmas story, how we make sense of all the stories of the Bible, how we make sense of Christ:

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’.

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Praising with Mary: Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent 17 December 2017

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-55

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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She has been called Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church, Madonna. Her image has appeared on some of the most sublime art ever created- but she has also been the inspiration of some terrible kitsch. She has been regarded by some as a model of womanhood and the perfection of motherhood. But she’s also been seen as been seen as a damaging role model for women. There are Christians who have made her the object of devotion: she has inspired popular prayers and beautiful music. And then there are Christians who just seem to ignore her. She is the Mary, and today we can’t ignore her. Because it’s soon going to be Christmas.

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Orders of Service for 17 December 2017 Advent 3

The Orders of Service for this coming Sunday are now available.
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Christmas and New Year Services

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Do join us for our Christmas services!

Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, so we will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High. Christmas Eve sees evening services at St Stephen’s, and there are our usual services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s Church.

Download our Christmas flyer here.

Sunday 17 December 2017: The Third Sunday of Advent

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SERVICES

Sunday 24 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

11.15am Service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High Church

(Congregational Service: no services at St Stephen’s on Sunday Morning)

Sunday 24 December: Christmas Eve

6.30pm Christmas Eve All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

11.15am Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s

Monday 25 December: Christmas Day

10am Christmas Day All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

Tuesday 26 December: St Stephen’s Day

10am: St Stephen’s Day service with Communion at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 December 2017: The First Sunday of Christmas

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

Sunday 7 January 2018: Baptism of the Lord

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

The Baptist’s Cry: Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, 10 December 2017

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-11

Mark 1:1-8

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1.1)

And so begins the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel with which we will largely be living with in the coming Christian year. Mark is thought by the scholars to be the earliest Gospel written. It is certainly the shortest. And Mark is always direct and to the point. His style is vigorous, almost breathless, as he tells the story of Christ without very much in the way of elaboration.

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Orders of Service for 10 December 2017 Advent 2

Here are this Sunday’s Orders of Service
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The Second Sunday of Advent at St Stephen’s 10am and Old High at 11.15am

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