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Sermon for Sunday 5th July 2015.


Sermon for Sunday 5th July 2015. Readings: Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13. We are in a time of new beginnings, traditionally that time of year when deacons and priests are ordained and embark upon a new stage in … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 10th May 2015


The sermon below was based on the OT reading: Isaiah 55:1-11; NT reading: Acts 10:44-48 and Gospel reading: John 15:9-17.  Click on the date above if necessary then the link below to read this sermon by Tim Dawe. Navigator to heaven May15 ***

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Sermon for Sunday 1st February 2015.


Who Knows? Amongst the bustle, the crowds, the noises, few people notice just one more young  poor couple with a new born baby. Quietly unannounced, the Messiah long foretold by the prophets and long hoped for by a nation slips … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 7th December 2014.


Isaiah 64:1-9 – God’s mighty acts, yet the people are silent because God has withdrawn – and sin has tainted the relationship. “There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 26th October 2014.


The Great Commandment. 26-10-2014 Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18;  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46. May I be helped to speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.              ‘You shall love the Lord your God with … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 12th October 2014.


Sermon for Sunday 12th October 2014. Who are the People of God? Matthew 22: 1-14 St. Chad’s is entering what is often called in business-speak a ‘challenging time’. I occasionally hear senior clergy refer to an interregnum as a time … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 5th October 2014.


Sunday 5th October 2014. Sermon.  Are We Good Tenants? Matthew 21: 33-end There is a programme on channel 5 or 5 Star, or something similar, called “World’s Most Dangerous Jobs”. Some of the things people do are truly terrifying, all … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 31st August 2014.


‘When the Going gets Tough’.  Sunday 31st August 2014.  Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Matthew 16:21-28. It is one of those sayings that for some reason get stuck in the subconscious and rears its head at odd moments.  I can’t remember … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 17th August 2014


Being different and Attitude.    Matthew 15v 21-28.  Sunday 17th August 2014. Quote. A businessman was horrified to see a fisherman lying beside his boat, smoking a pipe. ‘Why aren’t you fishing’ he said. ‘Because I have caught enough fish for … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 27th July 2014.


Choose Wisely, Choose To Put God and His Kingdom First. 27 July 2014     I Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52      Bit stingy of God just to give Solomon one wish!  Doesn’t God know it’s traditional to grant people … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 8th June 2014. Pentecost.


Pentecost & The Holy Spirit. Sunday 8th June 2014.   Numbers 11:24-30  Acts 2: 1-21 John 20 19-23   Language is fascinating. If we say ‘hello’ to each other in a foreign language we may not have knowledge of what … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 25th May 2014.


The Holy Spirit. Genesis 8:20 – 9:17 Acts 17:22-31 John 14:15-21 I wonder what would happen if an alien landed in this country; If they had a concept of God. Who would they think we worshipped? If they were like … Continue reading

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Sermon For Sunday 23rd March 2014.


SERMON: 23rd March 2014 The (Samaritan) woman at the well.  John 4:5-42.  May I be helped to speak in the name of the Living God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.  In today’s gospel reading, Jesus encounters a woman from Samaria.  … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 16th March 2014.


Sermon for Sunday 16th March. Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a. Psalm 121.  John 3:1-17.  Nicodemus.  Who is saved? Who goes to Heaven?   The gospel reading today contains one of the most famous verses in the bible and probably its most controversial, ‘ … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 9th March 2014. First Sunday of Lent.


9 March 2014 1st Sunday of Lent.   Temptations of Jesus.  What sort of person do we want to be? Genesis 2:15-17 & 3:1-7. Romans 5:12-19. Matthew 4:1-11.    At the Junior Youth Club we run on a Friday night there … Continue reading

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Sermon for Ash Wednesday Service on 5th March 2014.


Ash Wednesday Service.   5-3-2014. The Woman Caught in Adultery.  May I be helped to speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen. Yet again, the Pharisees try to draw Jesus into a trap.  This … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 20th February 2014.


BE THE LIGHT AND THE SALT. Matthew 5: 13-20 A friend of mine at college had a hoodie with the words ‘salt and light’ written on the back. Of course this is a reference to Jesus’ words from the Sermon … Continue reading

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Sermon For Sunday 26th January 2014.


Sermon for Sunday 26 January 2014. Matthew 4: 12-23 How do people become Christians? It sounds like a simple question, one that should have a simple answer. While I was at college I heard many different theories about what makes … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 5th January 2014.


Epiphany 2014. Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12. Each Christmas when my children were small we would bring out the stable and set it up minus the baby; of course, and minus the kings. The three statues representing the wise … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 8th December 2013. Second Sunday of Advent.


Isaiah 11:1-10.  Romans 15:4-13. Matthew 3:1-12. As many of you know, I live in a flat and we have communal gardens.  During this last year, “things” have been done to some of the trees and it’s been interesting to watch … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 1st December. First Sunday of Advent.


Nobody knows the day or the hour.     Matthew 24 v 36-44. ‘The Father alone knows’-There is something very real and assuring that God alone only knows when the end of time or our time will be!  In a day and … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 24th November 2013. Sunday next before Advent “Christ the King.”


Sermon:  The King.  24 November 2013. Jeremiah 23:1-6. Colossians 1:11-20. Luke 23:33-43. May I be helped to speak in the name of the Living God …  Amen. The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 3rd November 2013. All Saints’ Day.


St. Chad’s All Saints Service 3rd November  2013. Whatever inspired the designer of the altar in the church to choose archangels as the focal point is probably lost in the mists of the 1920′s. It is unusual because the seven … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 27th October 2013 on Humility. Last Sunday of Trinity.


Humility. Luke 18: 9-14 A little while ago I preached on Jesus’ parable of the guests at the banquet, which Jesus told after seeing how guests at a dinner gave themselves the places of honour, and warned His disciples not … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 22nd September 2013. The 17th Sunday after Trinity.


The sermon below is a comprehensive interpretation of complex and ambiguous readings and is skilfully related to our current national economic situation.  It is a really good read. Sermon for Sunday 22nd September 2013. Readings. Collect. Gracious God, You call … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 8th September 2013.


Here is yesterday’s sermon about the cost of following Christ. Luke 14:25-33 Give Up All Of Your Possessions To Follow Christ?  There has been a lot of talk of war this week. Our Government was defeated in the Commons when … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 25 August 2013.


Sorry that this sermon is a bit late being posted, but it has been worth the wait.  Read it.  The message is very powerful. Love Not Tradition! Luke 13:10-17 A few years ago, I remember sometimes seeing a man in … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 1st September 2013


Sermon for Sunday 1st September 2013 How to please God.   Luke 14 v 5-14  Hebrews 13 v 1-8 ‘The leading Pharisees and people were watching closely’ !!!!! ‘Remember your former leaders who spoke God’s message to you, think back on … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 11th August 2013.


Sermon for Sunday 11 August 2013. A child is a precious gift from God and baptism is God’s gift wrapping. Luke 12 v32-40  I suppose one of the longest waiting times many of us have to endure is the birth … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 18th August 2013. 12th Sunday after Trinity.


Be Inspired on the Journey to Heaven. August 18 2013. Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Mo Farah became Britain’s greatest ever track athlete with a fifth global gold medal and became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and World … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 4th August 2013.


The Rich Fool.  Luke 12 13-21. I had hoped to be standing here today giving thanks that our stewardship campaign had been a success. But as it stands, next week the church’s  Finance Team will be looking at the returned pledges … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 28th July 2013.


Attitudes to the Wealthy and the Poor.  Luke 11: 1-13  Some of you may have noticed that the Archbishop of Canterbury has made the headlines because of his desire to tackle pay-day loan companies, particularly a company called Wonga.com. It’s … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 7th July 2013.


The Sending Of The Seventy Two.   Luke Chapter 10. We all comment how times have changed- but the only people that this is relevant to are those with whom we may share this comment with  and are of a similar … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 30th June 2013.


The Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head. St Chad’s  June 30 2013.    Luke: 9-51-end. When we moved to our house in Donisthorpe nearly 30 years ago it  ticked all the boxes as they say these days.  The … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 2nd June 2013. The Trinity.


Trinity Sunday.  2nd June 2013 Luke 7:1-10. Today I want to talk a little bit about relationship: what does it mean to be in relationship with other people? And for us, as Christians, is there something special to think about … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 9th June 2013. Widows and Sons.


Second Sunday of  Trinity . June 9 2013  Widows and Sons.  1 Kings 17:17-24; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17. Some of the sadder funerals I have taken have been those where a parent is left bereft following the death of their … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 5th May 2013. “Promises, Promises, Promises”.


Below is Brian Scotcher’s sermon.  ’Promises, Promise, Promises’.                      John 14 v 23-29 Some people have a beautiful fantastic gift of story-telling, something I enjoy tremendously. A few weeks back I finished reading a novel entitled ‘The Good Father’ by an … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 28th April. ‘Love one another’.


Sunday 28th April 2013. The Collect Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 14th April.


14th  April  2013 Third week of Easter .  John 21:1-19. Have you ever wondered why the exact number of fish is mentioned in this passage from John?  Can you remember how many large fish there were? (153) The exact number … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 17th March 2013.


St Patrick’s Day 17 March  2013 Joseph of Arimathea Gertrude of Nivelles How many of you can tell me which three saints we celebrate today? What about the patron saint of Gravediggers. It’s his day today too. Who is it? … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 10th February 2013. The Transfiguration.


Sunday before Lent (Transfiguration) 2013.  Recognising our family likeness.  Luke 9:28-36. It’s very good to be with you.  I come with greetings from Birmingham Cathedral and the assurance of our prayers.  We pray for you and your ministry every day. … Continue reading

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Sermon for Sunday 27th January 2013. Jesus Returns to Nazareth To Proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour.


Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-8, 5-6, 8-10. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a.  Luke 4:14-21. May I be helped to speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.  We’ve just heard what is arguably my favourite passage of the … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God. Sermon for 25th November 2012.


The Kingdom of God.  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14.  Revelation 1:4b-8. John 18:33-37. It’s been a difficult week in the Church of England so I hope you will excuse me if I begin with a joke. What did the inflatable teacher at … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day. The Sermon for Sunday 4th November 2012


Sunday 4th November 2012. All Saints’ Day. Isaiah 25:6-9. Revelation 21:1-6a. Gospel: John 11:32-44. Oh, you can’t get to heaven in a limousine, cos heaven aint got no gasoline. Oh, you can’t get to heaven in dirty jeans cos heaven … Continue reading

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The Power of Words. The Sermon for Sunday 16th September 2012.


The Power of Words.  16th September 2012.  15th Sunday after Trinity. Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38.  ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me.’  I wonder how many of us grew up with … Continue reading

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Living by the Letter or the Spirit of God’s Law.


Readings:  Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-end; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Two weeks ago my parents came to visit, and as there wasn’t much on television we thought we’d try and play a board game that I’d been given for Christmas. … Continue reading

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Healing Division.


  Healing Division. Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great … Continue reading

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The Lord and Giver of Life.


Sunday 1st July 2012.  Mark 5 v 21.  It is somewhat odd having this passage of scripture to teach and preach from when both Janet and myself over the past weeks have had our difficulties health-wise.  Janet has suffered a … Continue reading

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All in a Gesture. Things That Will Identify God to Us


Everyone has gestures special to them.  Distinctive little things that they alone do: the raising of an eyebrow when sceptical; holding a coffee cup in a particular way; beginning a question with a certain tilt of the head. These things … Continue reading

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We Have Entered The Season Of Lent As Jesus Once Did


Genesis 17:1-7;15-16. Romans 4:13-25. Mark 8:31-38. The three of them stood there looking out over the sand. Well it wasn’t all sand. There were rocks and boulders, hard packed yellow stuff and occasional dust clouds as the lighter soils billowed … Continue reading

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