COME AND SEE

SERMON FOR EVENSONG AT GORDON CHAPEL ON SUN 14 JANUARY 2018                             John 1:35-51     Come and See

Given by Jeff L at Evensong.

When it comes to putting together a dream team to work for him, Jesus picks some unlikely men – but they got there in the end. I wonder – do you think that he would choose you or me to be a member of his new dream team?   If someone said to you ‘Come and see’ what would you do – would you go? Have you asked someone to ‘Come and see’ – what happened?   Lets look at how it happened for others! Continue reading “COME AND SEE”

THE EPIPHANY & BAPTISM OF CHRIST 2018

Sermon given by Jeff at  Gordon Chapel  7 January 2018 Morning Service.   Matthew 2:1-12 & Mark 1.4-11

THE EPIPHANY &   THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

In the church calendar, today is The Baptism of Christ. But yesterday was The Epiphany and that takes priority, hence today’s readings!  One event as a baby and one as an adult. But, I shall touch on both.

So, The Epiphany first – that is, the revealing of Christ.   Matthew tells the story differently from Luke. Instead of shepherds he gives us Magi from the East, Herod’s Palace instead of a stable, gifts instead of a manger. Continue reading “THE EPIPHANY & BAPTISM OF CHRIST 2018”

SERMON FOR CHRISTMAS DAY 2017

Given by Jeff at Gordon Chapel 25 Dec 17

We’ve just heard part of John’s Gospel and this – this is John’s Christmas. There’s no incarnation, no manger, no shepherds, no angels, no Magi. John’s story is different from the others. Here, the Word of God became flesh and lived among us. God takes off all his glory, pitches his tent among us, gets down on the floor, puts his arms around us – and in that still small voice says – “It’s OK. I’m with you. I’m one of you now. Come, follow me, and I’ll take you home.”

Have you seen the new film Paddington Bear 2?    Continue reading “SERMON FOR CHRISTMAS DAY 2017”

SERMON FOR ADVENT 3

Given by Jeff Lowndes on 17 Dec 17

SERMON: John 1.6-8, 19-28 At Gordon Chapel Morning Service on Sun 17 Dec 17

Intro: Read the Gospel, then put alb hood up and stroll up and down the aisle announcing that I am Andrew (Patron Saint of Scotland), disciple of John the Baptist….describe what John did then that you will get Jeff to go to the pulpit to tell you more. 

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As most of you will know, I’m a Lay Reader, and part of my remit is to preach to you, and this I feel called to do and take seriously. I hope that I am also your friend – and because I am your friend and care for you, my preaching cannot always be what you would like to hear – sometimes it may be uncomfortable. It cost John the Baptist his life – I trust you will be more gentle and forgiving. Continue reading “SERMON FOR ADVENT 3”

SERMON FOR EVENSONG 12 NOVEMBER 2017

Given by Jeff at Gordon Chapel (John 15. 9-17 and Romans 8.31-39)

The limits of our language may mean the limits of our world!  So, words are important, especially in the church where we deal not only with daily life, but with eternal life.

Dying words are special.  If you could say just a few last words what would they be?   Perhaps they would include “I love you,” or “take care of mum” or  “don’t make the same mistakes as me – try to live a full life” – and we Christians may add ‘follow Jesus’.
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