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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Zeal for the Lord

Episode date: January 04, 2013
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Religious zeal makes some people, perhaps most of us profoundly uncomfortable.  It smacks of fanaticism and we know where that can lead … violence, intolerance and the violation of human rights.  The readings from the Apostle and the Gospel deal with two very different kinds of zeal.  In the gospel we have the zeal of Herod … which was a zeal not for God but for Herod himself … his own political survival as he saw it.  He unleashed the terror of the Slaughter of the Innocents, killing all the baby boys under two in Bethlehem because he saw the advent of the Messiah as a threat to his own privileged position under Roman…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Song of Salvation

Episode date: January 15, 2013
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Shams here has been baptised today and has taken the name Photios the Patriarch of Constantinople in the 9th century. Photios comes from the Greek word for light so it means to be enlightened and is interesting that the early Church Fathers referred to baptism as a ‘bath of enlightenment’.

There are three stages in our conversion: we are purified, we are illumined and then we are united to God. We are purified as we hear the gospel and as we repent of our sins.  We are illumined as we gain understanding of the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church and of the Teaching of God through millennia. We thereby advance in our…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Equipping the Saints

Episode date: January 22, 2013
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The epistle from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians which has just been read is deeply encouraging, because St Paul reminds us that “to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We each have different callings; and it is wrong for any of us to compare what Christ has given to us to what Christ has given to some other member of our congregation. The callings are diverse and challenging—to be prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers—within our local church community, in doing whatever needs to be done—serving, singing, teas, flower arrangements, cleaning—and also within…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 10, 2013: Matthew 25:14-30, Read for Older Children

Episode date: February 03, 2013
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The Lord spoke this parable: “A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 10, 2013: Matthew 25:14-30, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: February 03, 2013
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Once a man wanted to go on a journey. He had a lot of money and didn’t want to just leave it alone. He called three of his servants before him. To the first servant he gave five talents, or pieces of money. To the second he gave two talents. To the third he gave one talent. After the master left, the servant with the five talents used them well, and made five more for his master. The servant with two talents also made two more. The one with the one talent did not use the money well. He dug a hole and put it in the ground.
When the master returned, he called each servant before him. The first said, “Master, with the money you gave…

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