We have a team here at Christ Church who lead in delivering God’s word. We are blessed with two Licensed Lay Ministers, Sandra and Elizabeth, along with two Authorised Lay Preachers, Les and Emma. There is also, of course, Simon our Vicar.
The reading used for Sunday 5th July was from Romans 7:15-25
The reading for Sunday 28th June is from Romans 6:12-end. Other reading cited were from Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:14-17 and Acts 17:22-23
The readings for Sunday 21 June were from Matthew 10:24-39 and Romans 6:1-11, The talk is based on the reading from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.
The readings for 14/06 (Trinity 1) are Romans 5:1-8 & Matthew 19:9:35-10:8 (9-23), the talk is from the Romans reading and is on ‘Justification’. Other reading cited are Ps 43:1; 135:14: Luke 18:7. Luke 18:14; Acts 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 3:16. Romans 3:21-4:25; 9:30-10:13. Philippians 3:7-10. Romans 3:24-26; 4:24-25; 3:21-26; 2:1-16. Galatians 3:15-22
Since I recorded this talk it has been pointed out to me that the Good News Translation does not refer in Romans 5:1 to justification but rather expresses it as ‘put right’. (I used the NIV) Paul was using the example of a law court, as I explain, and I personally think that to ‘be put right’ does not work in that context. Justification, vindication and righteousness are intermixed in the bible, and, for that to work best, justification as an expression of our status is more appropriate.
The readings for the talk for Trinity Sunday are from 2 Corinthians 13:11-end & Matthew 28:16-20
The readings for Pentecost Sunday are Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39. The talk centred on the Acts reading. Other readings quoted were from Exodus 34:22 (first fruits), Deuteronomy 16:9-12 (Festival of Weeks/Pentecost), 1 Kings 19:11-13 (Elijah), Ezekiel 37:9 (Dry bones), Exodus 3:1-6 (Burning bush), Deuteronomy 1:33 (Pillar of fire and cloud), Judges 6:34 (the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon), John 20:22 (Jesus said to the disciples “Receive the Holy Spirit”); Joel 2:23, Isaiah 32:15, 44:3, 55:1 and Ezekiel 36:27 (future promise of the Holy Spirit).
Readings referenced for 24th May are from – Ezekiel 36:24-28; Acts 1:6-14 & John 17:1-11 (1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11)
Ezekiel 36:26 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
The talk for Sunday 17th May is from John 14:15-21
The talk for Sunday 10th May is from John 14:1-14, but with reference to the preceding chapter.
3rd May 2020 – the reading used is from John 10:1-10 (but reference made to 11-18). Cited Ezekiel 34 as God rebuking the spiritual leaders of the time. Also reference to the seven ‘I am” sayings in John’s gospel, these being Bread (6:35), Light (8:12), Gate (10:9), Good Shepherd (10:11), Resurrection and the life (11:25), the Way, the truth and the life (14:6) and the True Vine (15:1).
Main reading is from Luke 24:13-24. I am happy to send a list of other readings cited on request. Please email admin, details on the ‘contact us’ page.
Sunday 19 April – Main reading is John 20:24-29
Readings referred to during the talk. Resurrection narratives – Matthew 28:1-10, 16-17, Mark 16:9-11, Luke 24:1-11, 36-18, John 20:1-18. Zacchaeus: Luke 19:1-10. Man possessed, (Gadarene): Matthew 8:26-34, Mark 5:1-20 & Luke 8:26-39. Nicodemus: John 3:1-21, 7:50, 19:28-39. Woman at the well: John 4:1-42. Woman caught in adultery: John 8:1-11. Conversion of Saul: Acts 9:1-31. “Do not be conformed to this world”: Romans 12:2
The talk for Easter Sunday. The readings are from Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18
The talk for Palm Sunday from Matthew 21:1-11. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey. Other readings cited, 2 Kings 2:8, Elijah using his cloak to part the waters, 2 Kings 9:13 robes being put at the feet of the new king Jehu, and 2 Timothy 4:13, Paul asks Timothy to bring his cloak back from Troas.
Last Sunday 29th March – Readings from Ezekiel 37:10-14 (Dry bones in the desert) and John 11:1-45 (Raising of Lazarus from the dead)
The talk for Sunday (22/03)