The journey of the Magi

Sermon given Sun 6th Jan, 2019 at St. Andrew’s URC Ealing by the Revd Sue McCoan Isaiah 60: 1-6    Matthew 2:1-12 We thought earlier about the kind of provision the Magi might have needed to make for their journey. But there was more going on than just a physical journey for them. The poet TS […]

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Epiphany

The Revd John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, reflects on how a train journey during the cold winter months inspired an epiphany. I had an epiphany, on a train of all places. At this time of year, most of my commute takes place before dawn or after dark. The countryside beside the […]

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Sharing the gift of Christmas

The Revd Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, reflects on how Christmas is experienced by different people across the world. Christmas Day isn’t the same for everyone. Some will be in the northern hemisphere’s winter, dreaming of a white Christmas. But others will be on an Australian beach dreaming of cooling […]

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Dear Friends – Advent

Dear Friends, Pride, they say, goes before a fall. At the end of October, I took my Grade 1 Drum exam and passed with Merit. I went to my next lesson flushed with success, sat down confidently at the drumkit – and failed to notice that as I put my foot on the bass pedal, […]

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‘See it, say it, sorted’

Sermon given at St. Andrew’s Ealing 2nd December 2018 by Revd Sue McCoan  Psalm 25;1-10; Luke 21:25-36 If you’ve been on any train or tube journey recently, you will have heard the security announcements: ‘If you see anything that doesn’t look right, please inform a member of staff or British Transport police, and we will sort […]

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Greenbelt festival 2018

‘Come, all you vagabonds, come all you ‘don’t belongs’ Winners and losers, come, people like me.’ (Stuart Townend) We came – not too many vagabonds, though after 3 days under canvas some of us looked the part – to a field near Kettering, for a packed Bank Holiday weekend of arts, music, play and praise. […]

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Newman Circle talks 2018/19

‘CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP TODAY’ Last year’s programme of talks on the Reformation attracted a consistently positive response from a wide range of faith backgrounds and resulted in numerous requests for an ecumenical follow-on series. In response, we have put together a number of talks which aim to examine some of the practical ways in which Christians […]

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Living wisely

Sermon given at St. Andrew’s Ealing 19th Aug 2018 Revd. Sue McCoan  1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 The wisdom of Solomon is legendary. It was legendary even in his own lifetime – the Queen of Sheba paid him a visit to see it with her own eyes. There is a book in the Apocrypha […]

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The Bread of Life

Sermon given at St. Andrews Ealing, 5th August 2018 by the Revd Sue McCoan ​Psalm 78:23-29 John 6:24-35 Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life’. Words we use often – I use them at the beginning of communion – and it’s so familiar, we can say it without really giving it much thought. Today […]

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God’s healing

Sermon 1st July at St. Andrew’s Ealing, Revd Sue McCoan  Mark 5: 21 – 43 There are few things more likely to grab our attention, to engage our sympathies, than the cry of a child in pain. If you’re a parent, it’s horrible to see your child ill. Even if it’s a common childhood complaint […]

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