Talks

Each week we hope to bring you recordings of the teaching from our 10:30 and Café Church services. Due to the format of some of our services we are not always able to record the talks.  We hope you enjoy these talks and find that the Holy Spirit can talk to you through them.

Brian Bull at 10:30 Communion Service on the 17th December 2017

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Podcast

Brian Bull chose to focus on the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 as his text for his sermon this morning. The Gospel reading was John 1:6-8, 19-28.

He opened with an illustration – unfortunately the visual display failed to work! The picture was of some unusual Christmas tree decorations made in Bethlehem from items found in the streets. Used tear gas cylinders polished up and bedecked with ribons! Symbols of destruction re-cycled into symbols of peace.

He then developed the theme of re-cycled lives being changed so as to bring hope to places where there seems to be no hope. A new slant on the Christmas message.

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Alan Bing – Advent Sunday – 3rd December 2017

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Podcast

“What do we need to to to be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus?”

On this Advent Sunday, with readings from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37, Alan Bing gave some helpful advice based on St. Paul’s wise words from the epistle reading.  It might be of help to have your bible open at 1 Corinthians chapter 1 as you listen to this podcast.

He divided his talk into three sections:

Who swe are in Christ;

What God has given us and

What God promises us.

 

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Steve Parkinson on Sunday 26th November 2017

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Podcast

“Jesus is coming! We don’t know when. Are you ready to meet him face-to-face?”

That was the question posed by Steve Parkinson as he rounded off his sermon based on the lectionary reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (the Gospel reading of Matthew 25:14-30 was not referred to in this sermon).

In the words of St. Paul, we are to “encourage one another and build each other up in the faith” so as to meet the challenge.

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Eric Barker on Sunday 19th November, 2017

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Podcast

Ephesians 1:5-23 and Matthew 25:31-40 were the readings used at this service of Holy Communion.  Eric Barker concentrated on the Gospel reading, Jesus’ account of the ‘Sheep and the goats’ as an illustration of the judgement all are to face at the ‘end of days’.

Eric admitted that he found this to be a very difficult passage to contend with, especially as there are so many differing theologies dealing with the ‘Last Judgement’. He then proceeded to spell out  just who might be classed as the ‘sheep’, ‘goats’, and ‘the least of these’ to whom Jesus was referring.

He presented a challenge to all who heard his words!

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Alan Bing at the Town’s Remembrance Sunday Service at 14:30 on the 12th November 2017

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Podcast

Micah 4:1-5 and Romans 8:31-39, read by representatives of uniformed organisations, were the lead in to Alan’s sermon to a very large congregation on this Remembrance Sunday.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b) was his starting point, moving on to cover the remainder of the passage read.

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Tom Cox at the All-Age service on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Podcast

Psalm 27:1-6 formed the biblical basis for Tom’s All-Age talk on Remembrance Sunday.

The suffering and persecuted Church in today’s world, and the ‘Open Doors’ mission agency which serves them.

 

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Alan Bing on Sunday 5th November, 2017, Celebrating All Saints and All Souls

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Podcast

Following the readings from Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 5:1-12, Alan Bing referred to the three great ‘Questions of Life’ – namely “Where did we come from?” “What are we doing here?” and “Where are we going?”

All three of those questions are relevant at this time when celebrating the Feasts of “All Saints” and “All Souls”.

Alan pointed out that the answer to the first question my be found in the Book of Genesis, mainly Genesis 1:27. This sermon is thus devoted answering the last two questions, taking the third one first – “Where are we going?”

“What are we doing here?” rounded of the sermon with practical issues of living the Christian life in the here and now.

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Peter Taylor on Sunday 29th October 2017

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Podcast

Peter Taylor used the readings from Acts 17:16-34 and Matthew 24:30-35  when he called on his hearers to “Scratch where people are itching”.

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Tom Cox on Sunday 22nd October 2017

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Podcast

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” was the text for Tom’s sermon, taken from the lectionary readings of 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and Matthew 22:15-22.

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Archdeacon Vernon Ross on Sunday 15th October 2017

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Podcast

Vernon Ross, the new Archdeacon, preached on the lectionary readings from Isaiah 25:1-9 and Matthew 22:1-14 – the parable of the wedding banquet.

As this was Vernon’s first appearance in the parish since becoming Archdeacon, he was briefly interviewed by the Rector, Alan Bing, before proceeding with his sermon.

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