Sermon – Trinity 6 (proper 9)

Proper 9 2018 Does Theresa May have what it takes to be the Brexit Prime Minister? Does Gareth Southgate have what it takes to manage a team that will win the world cup? Does Venus WIlliams have what it takes to win the women’s title at Wimbledon this year? And you: do you have what…

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Sermon – Birth of John the Baptist

John the Baptist is an extraordinary figure. He is regarded by Christians as the last of the Old Testament prophets – he didn’t herald the Messiah in an abstract way – ‘one day the Messiah will come’ but was able to say ‘the Messiah is here with us now’. In Luke’s wonderful account he does…

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Beryl’s Funeral

The funeral of our friend, Beryl will be on Monday 25th June at 10.15 at St Oswald’s Church, followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium at around 11.15. Beryl was an important part of the community at St Oswald’s. She is a former Churchwarden and had been our Verger for many years. She is  the sort…

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Beryl

As you may have heard, our dear friend Beryl died yesterday afternoon shortly after 2 pm. Please remember her in your prayers. Beryl has been a dedicated member of St Oswald’s for many years and has been our Verger for the last ten. She did a huge amount of work for St Oswald’s behind the…

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Church lunch

We’ll be celebrating St. Oswald’s Day (5th August) with another church lunch at Oakenhurst Farm, Darwen after the morning service. There’ll be a sign up sheet at church on Sunday. We had a really good time last time we went – please sign up, come along and join in. ENJOY!…

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Community Clear Out

We need to have a big clear out at church, especially of the balcony which is full of accumulated stuff much of which needs throwing away. All our friends from church and community are welcome to help out at our big clean up on Saturday 21st July between 10 and 2. Please come for some…

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Sermon – Trinity 2 (Proper 5)

Today’s gospel reading is full of division, conflict and animosity. In order to unpick what is there we need to understand an important way of thinking in Jesus’ time and place. It went like this: people were labeled according to their place of origin, their social status and so on. We hear this reflected on…

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EMBRACE calls for action on Gaza.

EMBRACE, a Christian charity working in the Middle East, asks us to pray for Gaza and, if possible to write to our MPs and ask them to take action. Here is what EMBRACE is saying: ‘It is not possible to witness the horror of innocent protesters, including children, being shot, killed or maimed by trained…

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