Christ the King: What Sort of Kingdom?

The Reverend Margaret Legg

Stir up Sunday

Stir up Sunday was how the last Sunday before Advent was known when I was a child and it really was when Mum stirred up her Christmas Pudding. This was in the days of the Book of Common Prayer and the Collect begins ‘Stir up we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people that they may plenteously bring forth the fruit of good works…

All Saints': Holding fast to belief

The Reverend Margaret Legg

All Saints’ Day follows Hallowe’en – the Eve of All Hallows Day.

Some of the decorations are still around – it’s big nowadays. Sign of the lighted pumpkin and 55 treats in half an hour. Pumpkin was taken in!!

Ancient Celtic festival of the dead: SAMHAIN. We’re increasingly fascinated by the dark, sinistra, the left. The treats are a way of trying to make light of what is frightening and to appease the ghosts and ghoulies. This fascination is linked to that kind of perverse pleasure that enjoys the misfortune of others (photos of traffic accidents), that almost hopes good people will go wrong.

Trinity 8: Free Spirit?

The Reverend Dan Warnke

Mark 6.30-34, 53-end

As many of you know I’m Dan, the new Assistant Curate here at St John’s, and it is simply wonderful to be here with you this morning.  Some of you I’ve met, others I’m yet to have the pleasure, but I’m so grateful for the kindness you’ve all shown me, particularly for your enduring patience in continually reminding me of your names! As former Archbishop, Michael Ramsey, once said to a group of deacons gathered in anticipation of their imminent ordination, we are called “to be with God with the people on our heart”.  And this is my hope: to be with God with you on my heart.

Trinity: Two Daughters

The Revd Margaret Legg

Fear is something, it seems to me, that we all experience at one time or another. Perhaps that’s why it crops up so often in the Gospels. Last week it was the disciples who were afraid, tossed about in the tempest in their little boat while Jesus slept). This week both Jairus, the synagogue leader and the woman suffering from haemorrhages experience fear, for quite different reasons.

Trinity: "Following" Jesus

The Reverend Margaret Legg

I love my new Smart phone. I know Steve you’re wondering about upgrading your Nokia 6210. Go for it: you can enjoy What’s App groups, photos, apps (bus times, free prints)
Just imagine if Jesus had used a Smartphone! Thousands of followers -  the system may well have crashed from overwhelming numbers of users. BUT... would he have used one? I ask because they can lead to a somewhat restricted way of life. And readings are about a full life. Life in all its fullness. Life lived as Jesus models it, based on love for all and service to all.

Before Lent: God of Surprises

The Reverend Margaret Legg

May I pay for this Culture Vulture Venture in bitcoins? I was asked last week! Only at St John’s…. so for a congregation absolutely in tune with cutting edge technology, to tell Alexa: ‘put eggs on the shopping list’ is probably par for the course. But I was completely caught out when I heard one of my children saying this the other day. ‘Oh mum, we don’t write a shopping list anymore. We just tell Alexa!’

Advent: "A Change of Key"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

From the sunny uplands of Galilee to Jerusalem; from teaching and parables to the Apocalyptic language we have just heard, the long Sundays of Trinity are over, we’re looking towards Advent. Apocalypse, from the Greek word meaning revelation or disclosure, describes the wild and turbulent state that will presage the coming of God’s Messiah.

Trinity: "10 Years at St John's"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

The new £1 coins; have you got used to them yet? My son’s not too keen. When I asked him why he replied, ‘I don’t like change!’ Well, 10 years ago I had to get used to change, when I stepped out of the front door for the first time wearing a dog collar and clerical garb, to walk through the park to St James Sussex Gardens for my Deaconing. I felt the eyes of each person I passed were boring into me. Now I’m glad to say that self-consciousness has gone.

Horseman's Sunday, the 50th Anniversary

The Reverend Peter Murphy

Firstly I must say a big thank you for inviting me to preach this morning on the 50th Anniversary of The Horseman’s Sunday Service. It’s a great privilege and I think I am about as nervous as I was 50 years ago when I preached my first sermon here.

I was here as a deacon being trained for full time pastoral ministry by The Revd Cuthbert LeMesurer Scott.

Trinity: "A little tourism is a great thing"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

‘What would you say Italy is like?’ I've just spent three packed days in Sorrento: Pompeii, roman villa San Marco of the fabulously wealthy and the Versailles of Italy, the Royal Palace of Caserta outside Naples, once a private home of the Bourbon Kings and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was great albeit brief holiday. But if you were to ask me ‘What would you say Italy is like?’ I would struggle to reply.

Trinity: "Go on you've earned it!"

The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams

I remember as a young graduate, first working as an Engineer, sitting in meetings, desperately trying to follow all the acronyms and unfamiliar catch phrases. At one point, discussing who was going to do certain jobs, somebody said they were going to do the job because they were part of the Federation. I felt like I was in an episode of Star Trek.

Trinity: "Calvin Klein and Travis Fimmel"

The Reverend Antonio García Fuerte

I am not sure if the name “Travis Fimmel” would ring any bells to you. He is an Australian actor, who lives in LA. You might recognise him from TV Series The Beast, or The Vikings in the History Channel, or the movie Warcraft or, out in the cinemas now, Finding Steve McQueen. What most people have forgotten is how he was discovered and came to be famous.