Talks by Jan Smith

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Wedding at Cana

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In the first part Jan Smith takes a narrative approach to the gospel reading for today: John 2:1-11 , telling the story as a “friend of Mary” and, in the second, considers how we often approach God in prayer with an “action list” for him.  

Confidence in a Complex World 4.

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Confidence in Relationships 1 Peter 3:1-12 In this talk Jan sets out a the cultural context of Peter’s writing, showing how his address to women and slaves subverts the cultural norm alongside his instruction to women. Jan acknowledges the hard questions that come from unanswered prayers, and encourages us to share our faith when the […]

Confidence in a Complex World 3.

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Confident in the World 1 Peter 2:11-25 There is a break in internet connectivity near the beginning of this recording.  Please continuing listening.  Jan Smith recognises the current Corona virus pandemic is giving the church a unique opportunity to ‘pause’ and probably to ‘reset’ before continuing to ‘play’.  She looks at how as Christian believers […]

Frontline Sundays 3

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In this third in the series of ‘Frontline Sundays’ Jan Smith looks at ‘Whatever we do’ using a reading from Colossians 3:15-24 in which Paul describes the kind of community God is calling us to be.  Paul offers to us a new way of seeing our daily work as mattering to God.  The phrase ‘whatever […]

Knowing God thro’ OT Prayer 7

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Learning more about the God of heaven and earth, the God of the space and time, through the prayers of his faithful people and receiving the love and grace that is now ours in Christ Jesus. The prayer of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:19-40 is explored by Jan to teach us how we might pray. […]

Palm Sunday

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This partial recording of our second Zoom Church gives a flavour of virtual church with snippets of the worship songs, the reading of Scripture (Zechariah 9:9-16), the prayers, participation by others and a narrative ‘sermon’ of Palm Sunday given by Jan Smith -ordinand for St James’ Church and Deaf Church.

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:15-22

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In this encounter of Jesus, with the Pharisees in Matthew 22, he is questioned about taxes.  In response Jesus points out that there is the Kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God.  As Christians we have a dual citizenship characterised by duty to the one a devotion to the other. Jan points out […]