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June 21, 2020 - Morning Prayer Service
April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday Sermon Text Morning Prayer Service Hymn Lyrics News this Week
Sunday Takeway: Almighty and everliving God, in tender love for all our human race you sent your son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility, and share in the glory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, Now and for ever.
March 29, 2020 - Fifth Sunday in Lent Sermon Text Readings Morning Prayer Service Hymn Lyrics News this Week
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
March 22, 2020 - Sermon Text Readings
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, through the waters of baptism your Son has made us children of light. May we ever walk in his light and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
March 15, 2020 - Sermon Text Readings
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life, may we always thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
March 8, 2020 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, one God, now and for ever.
March 1, 2020 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your spirit, that as you know your weakness, so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, Now and for ever.
February 23, 2020 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, on the holy mount you revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured: mercifully deliver us from the darkness of this world, and change us into his likeness from glory to glory.
January 26, 2020 - Sermon Text - Reverend Canon Deacon Ken Brooks
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.
January 19, 2020 Sermon - Bishop Nigel
Sunday Takeaway: Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known and worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
January 12, 2020 Sermon - Bishop Nigel
Sunday Takeaway: Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit, keep your children, born of water and the Spirit, faithful to your calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
January 5, 2020 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Eternal God, who by a star led wise men to the worship of your Son, guide by your light the nations of the earth, that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
December 29, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word. May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
December 22, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: May God fill us with grace so that like Mary and Joseph we may embrace God's will for us in our everyday lives. As we encounter the unexpected (and sometimes unwelcomed) that bursts into our lives, may we meet what comes with faith and hope, confident in God's faithfulness in leading us.
December 15, 20019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: In the midst of everything that is swirling around us during this busy season, let us find some moments to reflect on what it really means for us to come home to God, as we anticipate Christ coming to find a home with us.
December 8, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: Now into this second week of Advent, John the Baptist reminds us that part of preparing for the coming of the Christ child involves the regular practice of examing our lives and our hearts before God, correcting our course as we go, ever open to God working in and through our lives. How's that going?
December 1, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: As we enter this New Year, let’s spend some time this week reflecting back and with expectation imagining forward. As we anticipate God’s giving of God’s very self in the coming of Christ, what is our response as Jesus’ disciples?
November 24, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Take Away: Heading into this week, we take advantage of the time and the special seasons that call out to us to reflect and to make us wise and faithful stewards of all we have received, and reaching out beyond ourselves, we offer ourselves to God’s service, with all that we are and all that we have, for on this day we remember our King, the one whom we follow this day, and always.
November 17, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Our passages in Isaiah today are all about hope, a hope based on God’s faithfulness to us during all of life’s ups and downs; a hope that encourages us to stay open to imagining something new as we go… the wolf and the lamb feeding together, the lion eating straw with the ox. As we begin to fully grasp all that this can mean to us, we are promised a new day of joy and rejoicing, as we dare to lean more fully each day into all that God is and can do in our lives.
November 10, 2019 - Sermon Text - Remembrance Day
Sunday Takeaway: During our worship service this morning we have remembered and spoken of the tragedy of war, as we go out this week, let us also remember to work and pray for peace wherever God has placed us. Let us choose at every opportunity, to live into the light of Christ and the love of God.
November 3, 2019 - Sermon Text - All Saints Day
Sunday Takeaway: As we go out this week, can we revel in the fact that we know our need of God? Can we see this need as the starting place for those things that can open us to what God may be saying to us on our journey?
October 20, 2019 - Sermon Text - Reverend Canon Deacon Ken Brooks
Sunday Takeaway: As we live day to day, are we guided by what Jesus has to say? What if what we do or believe is not what Jesus actually taught? Let's try to live our lives living out the two commandments, loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves.
October 13, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: As we go out into this week to be people of faith in our everyday lives, can we remember Paul's encouragement to us to in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let our requests be known to God in the midst of all our choices? Can we ask for the grace, and for the space to choose well?
October 6, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: Can we spend a week of first prayerfully noticing and then giving thanks for the daily blessings in our lives and as our personal challenges appear, we bring our ‘little’ faith and ask for God’s blessing on it?
September 29, 2019 - Sermon Text
Sunday Takeaway: If part of what angels are commissioned to do is to help us find the courage to allow something new into our lives, what does that mean for you in your life today?
September 22, 2019 - Sermon Text
A series of sermons from May - June 2019 exploring the Five Marks of Mission.
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Sunday, July 5, 2020
The Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in His tomb
John 19: 38-42 - After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.) Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away. Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes. The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial. There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death, and in it there was a new tomb where no one had ever been buried. Since it was the day before the Sabbath and because the tomb was close by, they placed Jesus’ body there.
And so, because He died, sin has no power over Him; and now He lives His life in fellowship with God. In the same way you are to think of yourselves as dead, so far as sin is concerned, but living in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.
People have returned to their homes for the Sabbath. The streets of Jerusalem are dark and quiet after a day of noise and chaos. John, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, and Mary go from The Place of the Skull to Jesus’ burial tomb. Joseph and John carry Jesus into the tomb. They lay him on a rock bench in the burial chamber. The men move a big boulder in front of the entrance to block it. They will have to come back after the Sabbath to finish preparing His body. They bow their heads, and sadly walk home to their own Sabbath celebrations. They all know that none of them will ever be the same again. They have been changed forever.
Lord Jesus, sometimes I really hate myself for the unkind things I say or do. Help me to let those old bad habits and ways die, so that I can experience life with You in a new and content way. The darkness that comes to be in our lives can either be seen as the darkness of a cold tomb or it can been as the darkness of a womb about to give birth to something wonderful. Lord, in my walk with You, help me to give birth to something wonderful in my life and in the lives of those around me. This I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
Ending the walk
You have now completed the 14 Stations of the Cross. The people of St. Anne’s hope this has been a meaningful experience for you.
As you finish the walk, please do so in a contemplative manner, holding to your heart the love that Jesus offers.
If you like, pray the prayer of St. Francis (or pray your own prayer):
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be
understood as to understand, to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.
Go in peace and may God bless you.