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Exodus 16:2–4; 9-15; John 6:24-35
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- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, [Jn 1:1]
And God cleaned the dust, dirt, and excrement from his friends’ feet.
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [Ge 1:1]
And God knelt down and served as the lowliest menial.
The Vicar preached this sermon on a segment of the Sermon on the Mount from St Matthew's Gospel at the 10am Parish Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday before Lent
Unity Sunday fell on 23rd January 2011 and we were pleased to welcome a good friend, Donald Norwood, a well known United Reformed Church minister in Oxford who is a lively and committed ecumenist. We have posted his sermon here with his permission. After Donald preached for us I went with him a short distance along the road to preach at the Marston United Reformed Church at the service Dr Norwood conducted for them. It was a wonderful ecumenical Sunday and our ecumenical relationships between our two congregations strengthened with goodwill on both sides.
The sermon attached below for 16th January was delivered at our main Eucharist by Jo, who is in her final year preparing for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford. We thank her for her permission to post it here on our website.
The sermon attached below is the text used by Avril Ravenscroft, a final year ordinand at St Stephen's House, Oxford, who preached at our 10am Eucharist when we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, thus bringing our observance of Christmas to a conclusion for this year. We are grateful to Avril for permission to post this on our website.
"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel"
There are six sleeps to go 'til Christmas. This is the last Sunday before the big day; the last Sunday before a very intense week of shopping, cooking, baking, meeting people and stressing. I am sure we all still have some preparation of some sort to do. I know I have a very long check-list to tick for a dinner party tomorrow.
Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.