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1 Corinthians 15:1-8: Breaking the Cycle

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:00 -- James Oakley

A sermon given on Remembrance Sunday 2018


We’ve come together today to remember those who gave their lives during the two great wars of the last century. Every community in England lost huge numbers of people, and we resolved never to forget. We will remember them.

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Isaiah 60: The Light Shines

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 19:00 -- James Oakley

A talk from 9 Lessons and Carols in 2017.


The world can be a dark place.

It’s been quite a year. I searched the internet for newspaper headlines from 2017. I got many screens full, from all over the world.

Here are some:
Suspected cop killer shot dead.
British meat in horse hormone scandal.
Carnage at pop concert.
NHS cuts 15000 beds in 6 years.
UK relations with Russia at all-time low.
Trump ready to strike Kim’s nuclear sites.
Some victims of tower blaze may never be identified.

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Daniel 6:25-28 - Age of Empires

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 09:50 -- James Oakley

A sermon given on Remembrance Sunday 2017.


2017 has had us worried at times. We’ve watched the tensions between the United States and North Korea ratchet up. The fear that any actual war could turn nuclear is very sobering.

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Luke 24 - Risen and Alive

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 19:00 -- James Oakley

Many people have two struggles with Easter.

They struggle to believe it happened. As a Christian story, part of the legend, it’s fine. But dead people don’t come back to life. It just doesn’t happen. Which means that the idea that this is more than a legend, that it actually happened – that’s just too hard to believe. Struggle to believe it happened.

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Romans 8:18-30 Groaning into Glory

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 10:00 -- James Oakley

I take it that we all know that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Today, I’m not going to try and convince you that the resurrection is a true story. I’m assuming you’re already convinced. You believe that Jesus really did rise from the dead. He’s alive today.

If I’m wrong to assume that, I’d love to give you a copy of {Val Grieve, Your Verdict}

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2 Corinthians 8:9 - More Presents Please! (Carol Service)

Sun, 18/12/2016 - 19:00 -- James Oakley

Apparently Christmas has been hijacked.

It’s supposed to be about the birth of Jesus. It’s become all about giving presents.

I’m the vicar. I’m supposed to tell people to focus less on the presents, and more on the real meaning of Christmas.

I’m not going to do that! Because the real meaning of Christmas is all about giving presents. In fact, the more you grasp what Christmas is really about, the more you’ll want to give things to other people.

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Psalm 45: Royal Privileges

Sun, 12/06/2016 - 18:30 -- James Oakley

A sermon given at a special celebration service for the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II


One of my favourite moments is standing at the church door just before a wedding begins. Waiting for the bride. And then she comes. What a privilege to share that moment! Such emotion. Deep excitement. Thrill. The joy of seeing all her friends waiting. But also nerves. The day is finally here. It’s a big step. Tears. Smiles. Wanting to get on with it. Feeling flustered. All at once.

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John 16:12-15 Can God be Truly Known?

Sun, 22/05/2016 - 09:15 -- James Oakley

Can we be certain what God is like?

I know we can’t know everything about him. God is infinite, and we have tiny minds by comparison. We couldn’t hold it all in our heads, even if it was possible to discover everything about him.

But that’s not what I’m asking. Can we know anything about God with absolute certainty?

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John 20:24-31 Doubting Thomas; Believing Us

Sun, 27/03/2016 - 19:00 -- James Oakley

They call him doubting Thomas.

All because of this story. Jesus had appeared alive to the other disciples. Only Thomas wasn’t in the room at the time. And he found it just too hard to believe.

Personally, I’m rather glad he struggled. It makes the story real.

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