Wedding Presence

Sermon given at St. Andrew’s URC Ealing 20th Jan 2019 by Revd Sue McCoan Isaiah 62:1-5 John 2:1-11 One of the delights of being a minister is that you sometimes get asked to conduct weddings. I love it. I love being part of the preparations, and I love seeing all the clothes on the day, […]

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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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‘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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Shadows Falling

Sermon given at St. Andrew’s Ealing, 18th November by Revd Sue McCoan 1 Samuel  1:4-20; Mark 13:1-8 The other week, some friends invited us to spend the day with them on their canal boat. We had a lovely time – pootled up the canal, had a bit of lunch, turned round. We were just admiring the […]

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Conflict and agreement: loving your neighbour

Sermon given by Revd Sue McCoan Sunday 4th Nov, St. Andrew’s Ealing  Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Mark 12:28-34 A few weeks ago, I was walking through Wembley on my way to visit someone. On the stretch of road between the church and where they live there’s a sheltered housing complex for elderly people. I’d passed it before, […]

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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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Love one another

Sermon given at St. Andrew’s Ealing 6th May 2018  by Revd. Sue McCoan  1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 We talk about supporting one another in faith. But Jesus goes further than that. Jesus says, ‘Love one another’. And, further even than that, he goes on, ‘as I have loved you’. ‘Love one another’, says Jesus, […]

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Pentecost

part 1 – The power of the wind From heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind. You know, I’m sure, that the word for Spirit in both Greek and Hebrew is the same as the word for wind, or breath. Moving air, invisible to the eye, but capable of bringing […]

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