Mary and Martha v. The Good Samaritan

A week or so ago I asked about a dozen people the following question:

Imagine you're a poor farmer in Bethany,around 2000 years ago. You've heard of Jesus and you pass a house where he is speaking. There's a man at the door and he beckons to you - there's just space for one more he says.

You are about to go in but your glance catches sight of an old woman struggling to pick up some things she was carrying - someone has knocked her over. She's crying out for help but, though there are people about, nobody is helping her.

Sermon: Ashburton Portreeve Service 3rd December 2017

I typed Advent Calendar into Google yesterday.

For £120 I could have had a “24 day Beauty Advent Calendar” from Selfridges – “Make the countdown to Christmas even more special. It features 24 cult beauty must-haves to help make the festive period even more glamorous. “
Or £170 for 24 Drinks by the Dram.
Or more reasonably the HotWheels Advent Calendar for £12 featuring Father Christmas driving a Skidoo, each day you get a reindeer, a sledge, a hot-car or whatever.
Or chocolates for each day
Or a series of scenes, hidden behind numbered flaps, of camels and shepherds and angels, a star, a cow, a donkey, all the characters culminating in a baby in a manger.

"Do not judge..." - What did Jesus really mean ?

Luke 6 v37-45
I was recently part of a conversation in which the person to whom I was talking quoted Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged.". And yes, I own up, that person was talking about me !

Sermon: Holne 26th November - Christ the King

This is the fourth and last Sunday in what is known as the Kingdom Season. Not a separate season like Epiphanytide or Lent; but as the Church’s year draws to an end it has a distinctive feel - November on the edge of winter and our primal deep fears – nature’s death and decay, darkness and cold making an impact, the ancient gods and their whims in human history: the days between All Saints and Advent are taking our eyes, ears and hearts towards the end of our days and the end of all things.

Holne Church welcomes Vera and Peter !

There hasn’t been a baptism at Holne for quite a long time, something that became apparent when nobody could find the plug for the font ! Around 60 people including many children gathered in the church on Sunday 19th November for a family service. But this one had an exciting difference, it was the moment that Vera and Peter were claimed by Jesus as his own and they were welcomed into the fellowship of faith with those present at the service, everyone promising to support the two children by prayer, example and teaching.

Sermon: Holne 17 September, 2017

Genesis 50: 15 – 21
Matthew 18: 21 – 35

To forgive someone is to set that person free and enable them to start their lives again. It sounds simple, it’s certainly desirable, but how do we do it?

Sermon : Leusdon and Buckland 12th November 2017

Christianity is a remembrance religion. It goes back before time began. “I am that I am ” says God in Genesis. We remember Abraham who was told by God that he would be the father of many nations. We remember Moses and the other patriarchs. We remember Isaiah and Amos and the other prophets continually exhorting God’s chosen people to return to worship God and not mammon. And we remember Christ’s life, death and resurrection. The very essence of our Eucharist is a memorial meal. “Do this ” we say, “in remembrance that Christ died for you and be thankful ”. “Calling to mind his death upon the cross... ” says Prayer B in Common Worship. And what do we sing in the words of the Magnificat in the B C P. “He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel

Sermon Outline Buckland 19th November 2017

Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18.
1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Matthew 24.14-30

Three readings – one theme. Zephaniah writing in 700 BC of the terrifying account of the Day of Wrath of God when he will come to visit his people who have gone so far off the plan that he had for them. It is full of gloom and foreboding. God will come suddenly in overwhelming power and the rule of evil will be over.

Holne Remembrance - 12th November 2017

If you are like me, you may be one of those people who have significant numbers of unread books lining the shelves in your house. This past week, however, I’ve derived enormous interest from one slim volume written towards the end of World War II by a leading but comparatively little-known British General. But before I say anything about that, today I’d like to rephrase the words of another brave wartime personality, a nurse whom we remembered especially at this time two years ago, who said:"Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." The statuesque figure of Nurse Edith Cavell and her ability to hold to her beliefs and act upon them without resorting to hatred for others is a stunningly strong encouragement for us to do the same.

Sermon : Holne 5th November 2017: The Communion of Saints

November starts with the wonderful feast of All Saints Day, and the following day there is All Souls' Day. The days of Remembrance follow, and then at the end of the month we have the great concluding day of the Christian Year with Christ the King, before we go into Advent. It is as though we are given lots of example of the true Light, as the natural darkness of winter surrounds us.