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Prayers for the week beginning 25th January

Thursday 28th January 2021

A prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day Loving God, we come to you with heavy hearts, remembering the six million Jewish souls murdered during the Holocaust. In the horrors of that history, when so many groups were targeted because of their identity, and in genocides which followed, we recognise destructive prejudices that drive people apart. Forgive us when we give space to fear, negativity and hatred of others, simply because they are different from us. In the light of God, we see everyone as equally precious manifestations of the Divine, and can know the courage to face the darkness. Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over…

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Talk for Epiphany 3 - Wedding at Cana

Monday 25th January 2021

You can read Ian's talk for Epiphany 3 here. You might like to consider these three questions as you read it: What do the seven miraculous signs (performed by Jesus and recorded in St John's Gospel) mean to you? What signs showed you the way to faith? What signs might you be able to show to a friend who does not know Jesus that might help them to come to faith in him?

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Monday 18th January 2021

There is an annual week from 18th to 25th January when there is an especial focus in our prayers on Christian Unity, often with events in local neighbourhoods to mark the importance of this. The Diocese of Exeter is twinned with the (catholic) Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux in Normandy, France. There are regular exchange visits, and every other year an exchange of preachers during this Unity Week. Fr David has visited France on several occasions for this purpose, with Fr Laurent Berthout making the reverse journey. The videos below in French and English mark this occasion, when because of Covid, we cannot make the visits in person. The text of Fr David's sermon is here. Let us also not forget the St Thomas…

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Talk for Epiphany 2

Monday 18th January 2021

Read here the talk given by Fr David on zoom on 17 January 2021.

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Talk for the Baptism of Christ

Monday 11th January 2021

Rev. Sarah raises issues from the baptism of Christ and how this affects our understanding of baptisms in church. Read her zoom talk .

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Feast of the Epiphany Zoom Talk & Prayers

Monday 4th January 2021
Phil Baker

Read Phil Baker's Epiphany zoom talk here and Fr Terry's Prayers.

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Talk for 27 December St Thomas Becket

Sunday 27th December 2020

Read Fr David's zoom talk for the Patronal Feast of Thomas Becket.

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Tidings of Great Joy!

Friday 25th December 2020

"To you is born this day a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord" Read Fr David's Christmas sermon here.

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Look for the Light

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Revd Tom Carson, the Chaplain at Exeter School, has written and performed a song for Christmas, from Joseph's perspective. Well done and thank you, Tom

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Talk for Advent 4 (20th December)

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Please click here to read Fr David's talk at the Zoom service on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

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