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'The Outsider' from the Vicarage

RayKhanMark 7:24-end


The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Read more: 'The Outsider' from the Vicarage

Sermon from the Vicarage

RayKhanEph 1.3-14 Spiritual Blessings in Christ

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. Read more: Sermon from the Vicarage

Sermon from the Vicarage

Mark 4. 26-34   The Parable of the Growing Seed

 He also said, The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come. Read more: Sermon from the Vicarage

The Assistant Curate writes ......

As we begin our interregnum, we will invariably start talking about growth, and will think of getting a new priest who will help us grow. Interregnums can be long and tricky, and it’s tempting to put all of our hopes about growth onto the new leader (whoever she or he may be). The good news is that we don’t have to wait at all, and can begin that process of growth now. We often think of growth as numerical, eg more people in the pews. The real growth however, is in us growing as disciples of Christ. The Church of England, in its obsession with money and statistics, can be quite bad at looking at this type of growth, as it can’t be measured. However, it really is the only growth that counts in the long run. Read more: The Assistant Curate writes......

From the Rectory

My dear friends

“It’s time……”

As a Ward Sister, Dame Cicley Saunders (founder of the Hospice movement) was accompanying a Consultant on his morning rounds after his previous days surgery. His lackadaisical, dismissive tone was evident throughout the rounds. As she introduced the last patient he declared he hadn’t got ‘time’ to see her, and was about to move off. Dame Cicley blocked his exit route and declared “Time should be measured in depth, never in length”. Read more: From the Rectory