Streetly All Saints Church

Mandy

Sermon - Sunday 26 April 2015 - 9.30am Service

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John 10.11-18

‘I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.’

Two Eskimos who had lived all of their lives in the arctic cold regions travelled to Miami. It was a new world for them. On the bus to the hotel they saw people water skiing. Having seen only their kayaks and the other hand propelled boats one of them asked:

‘How is it that that boat can travel so fast?’

The other man watched for a few minutes and then replied

‘Man on string push it’.

He’d got it the wrong way around hadn’t he?

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Prayer as foundation

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I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.  John 15, The Message

During Eastertide, the great fifty days between Easter and Pentecost when we meet to worship we are exploring together who the risen Jesus is. Jesus helps us by telling us about himself. Jesus says “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” 

Prayer is the key to being joined with the True Vine, Jesus. It’s made me wonder how committed to and enthusiastic we are about our prayer life? Do we love the fact that we can communicate with God and see God at work in our lives?

Prayer is the foundation on which we as a church, God’s ecclesia, God’s called out people, sit. Prayer forms the cornerstone of our mission and ministry in Streetly and throughout the world.

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Christmas Unwrapped

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The ritual of giving of gifts at Christmas come from a multitude of sources some mythological, some religious, mostly commercial commercial. The Bible tells us that wise men from the East brought gifts for Jesus, and we celebrate Christmas with much exchanging of presents. But how many of us take time to see beyond this ritualistic giving and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas; to ‘unwrap' Christmas so we can see what it's really about.

Small children and adults are always very keen to rip the wrapping off our gifts quickly and not just admire the packaging, but are we prepared to do the same to the heart of Christmas, to see beyond the ribbons and bows to the truth of the underlying message?

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Food Banks

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“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’”

Luke 10:25-26 

Jesus calls his followers to “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’” But who is our neighbour in and around Streetly? Could it be that our neighbours are some of the 13 million women, men and children who live below the poverty line in the UK? And how might we love them?

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Here is just one story which I read in the news this week.

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Sermon Trinity 12 Matthew 18.15-20 - 01.09.2014

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“How often should I forgive” said Peter?

Some numbers have become part of our language. They speak to us. 999 means an emergency. 20/20 means that someone has perfect vision. 24/7 means that someone is available all the time – or perhaps working too hard!

This week is the thirteenth anniversary of another number which has entered the language of the world. The number 9/11 has become as unforgettable as the harrowing picture of the twin rowers collapsing in death and destruction.

Strangely enough nine eleven is the emergency telephone number in the United States. Even after thirteen years the pain remains raw, especially as the world grapples with how to respond to the killings in the Middle East. 9/11 was a world changing event. But it was also about loss, loss of mothers and fathers, brothers and sister’s, sons and daughters, fire-fighters, office workers, chief executive’s, office cleaners, priests, people of all faiths and of none. And since 9/11 countless more lives have been lost; in London, in Madrid, in Afghanistan, in Israel/Palestine, in Syria and now in Iraq. Personal tragedy and pain mingles with the pain and tragedy of the world. Individual lives and the life of the world changed forever. Pain inflicted by human being to human being. A few cause death and heartache to the many. And the Gospel for today speaks of forgiveness. And to show juts how far our forgiveness of others should extend, Jesus uses another number, seventy times seven.

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Address: All Saints Parish Church Streetly, Foley Road East, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3JL

Regular Services


Sunday
7.00am Morning Prayer 
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Family Eucharist
6.00pm Evening Service 
 
Monday-Saturday 8.30am Morning Prayer 
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion

 

Special Events- Dates for your Diary

Saturday 21st April Time 7.00pm- Quiz Night 

Saturday 28th April 7.30pm- Jean Martyn in Concert

Saturday 12th May 10.30am- Coffee Concert with Simon Lumby and Angela Sones (Organ) 


 

 

 

 




 


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