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This Sunday’s Gospel Story – Fr David Ingledew

This Sunday’s gospel story sees movement into Judea, the territory immediately surrounding Jerusalem and Samaria.  Here we begin to have some contact with the history of the early church, as distinct from myths and legends about it. In the persecution of the church in Jerusalem there lies the reminiscence of a real division in the church, and the persecution of one part of it and not another. For all its …Read More

What’s the most important question in life and work? What really, really, really matters?

I’ve recently returned from a three week meditation retreat in Hawaii, the last ten days of which were in silence. This was a time to be quiet, take stock (I turned 50 during the retreat) and see what remained, that was essential, when the muddy, turbulent waters of my mind settled. And the most important question in life? Do you want to wake up? Do you really want to wake …Read More

Thought for the week from Fr David

We are now living in post-resurrection times and we are asked to reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, a follower of him in 2016. Just think back it is hard to imagine a more horrible death, nor one in which a dying person was more degraded. Yet early Christianity insisted upon seeing this appalling torture as a triumph by a victorious Christ. Consider Paul who, …Read More

John: 12:1-8 Reflection for the Week

We have walked and studied and reflected in this year’s season of Lent, and we are now moving to the climax of our journey Passion Sunday / Holy Week / Good Friday & Easter morning, where our faith once again is made real, and expresses who and what we are as Christian pilgrims, both in the shadow of the cross, and the continual resurrection experience of our everyday lives. Lent is …Read More

18.01.2016 -25.01.2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

With all the trouble spots in the world, of violence, death, destruction, killing, and most recently the murderous killing  by IS in Indonesia and Turkey, affecting innocent people, of all faith or none. I wanted to offer some thoughts on my Pilgrimage Journey & Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain as a Prayer & Meditation for the end to senseless killing and death, which I …Read More

Sermon for Easter

I was talking to my spiritual director this week about the events of Holy Week and Easter and I said: I feel a resistance to being defined by this story  and she said it’s not a story it’s a relationship.  And then I paused because I wasn’t sure if that was just a statement or a kind of rebuke. In today’s Gospel we read the story of Jesus appearing to …Read More

Sermon for 3rd Advent, December 14th 2014

Mid Advent, and John the Baptist in particular, throws us into the midst of a dramatic turn from judgement to joy.  And, in fact John the Baptist in some ways epitomises both.  He both warns us of the coming judgment but also bears witness to the light. But it is easy in our present culture to be bad at both, constantly judging others and ourselves in ways which are destructive …Read More

Sermon for Vision Sunday 2014 – 27th

Sermon for Vision Sunday One of the key signs of a growing church is a community which is willing to self-reflect and to learn accordingly and a community which is willing to change and adapt according to context. So what is our Mission here at All Saints?  I would put it like this:  To be a welcoming church for all people, which aims to share a vision of the love …Read More

Sermon for Lent 2

‘O Lord open our lips, and our mouth shall proclaim your praise’.  The opening words from Morning Prayer, the first five words of the day – in theory anyway, the reality is that the first words were more likely to have been a groan, a moan and shouting at the kids, but in theory: ‘O Lord open our lips’. The words are a kind of invitation to wake up, to …Read More