Our faith is based on the word of God that we find in the Bible – but we grow so much more through shared understanding.

Here you can find out more about how St Mark’s unpack Christian teachings, through the sermons and special services that are a key part of our worship.

Signs and Portents: a sermon from 17th November 2019
Are we willing to let go of our ideas of what 'looking good' looks like? Are we willing to shed
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Patience in healing: a sermon from 3rd November 2019
Mary and Martha, Lazarus' two sisters had let Jesus know that their brother, Jesus friend, was ill. It was days
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Remembrance Sunday: a service by the memorial from 10th November 2019
As 11am approaches, a short service by the war memorial takes place at St Mark's. We honour the dead, of
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Striving for peace: a sermon from 10th November 2019
Faced with all the evil in the world, and all that is going wrong, do we just feel powerless? What
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Short in Stature: a sermon from 3rd November 2019
Described as a chief, rich, tax collector, he was as a result an outcast to his own people - seen
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Light of the World – All Souls: a sermon from 27th October 2019
"I am the light of the world" said Jesus - referring to our lives here on earth, and our lives
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Ten lepers: a sermon from 13th October 2019
The story of the ten lepers who were healed: but only one came back to say thanks. Do we desire
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Making Movies – Bible Sunday: a sermon from 27th October 2019
Have you ever read a book and really loved it? Have you then dreaded the news that a film is
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Blind to a spiritual truth: a sermon from 6th October 2019
Blind from birth; never to see a sunrise, a smile. He was a life waiting to be born: today, he
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The Advantage of the Spirit: a sermon from 20th October 2019
It’s a strange, even bizarre idea that Jesus shares: that by his leaving his followers will actually be to their
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Thinking Differently About God
Rachel’s story – Discovery, Discrimination, Discernment
Rachel Noel, affectionately known by the local press as the Pink Vicar. Rachel had a particularly formational journey through curacy,
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Neurodiversity: a sermon from 20th October 2019
World mental health day occurred on October 10th and is an opportunity for us to recognise the importance of our
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Breaking barriers for equality: a sermon from 29th September 2019
Some 795 million people - one in nine of all people on the planet - do not have enough food
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The Fairtrade difference: a talk from 6th October 2019
For our Harvest Festival service, Maureen Harris, a member of neighbouring St Thomas' Church in Lymingon and active in Traidcraft,
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Damaging our world: a sermon from 29th September 2019
God's gifts to us and the flourishing of God's creation are clear. The world is God's perfect gift to us;
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Ability Sunday – Uniquely abled, precious to God: a sermon from 22nd September 2019
God knows us, loves us and cares for us. Indeed, Jesus primary commandment; love one another - for we are
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Hungry people for living bread: a sermon from 15th September 2019
Everyone is hungry - we're all looking for bread; however, the problem isn't that we're hungry - the problem is
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The worthy lost sheep: a sermon from 15th September 2019
The lost sheep; we're all familiar with the story - but do you believe it? Do you doubt with a
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Small print before plunging in: a sermon from 8th September 2019
Have you said "yes" before reading the small print first? There's a cost, to discipleship - and Jesus warns us
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Accepting God’s Healing: a sermon from 1st September 2019
What are we doing when we pray for healing? Rachel shares something of her own experience of an encounter with
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Eating Together: a sermon from 1st September 2019
The kingdom of God, the perfect society, is often pictured as a banquet. It is a meal for everyone, not
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‘I Bow Down’: performed before intercessions on 25th August 2019
'I Bow Down': performed before intercessions on 25th August 2019 - words and Music Cindy Rethmeier, performed by Jane and
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Healing the Land: a sermon from 25th August 2019
The miracles of this planet are simply mind boggling. So much life, so much diversity: created by a loving God
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Giving in Grace: a sermon from 18th August 2019
God asks us to give; but how often do we think of excuses or reasons why perhaps we cannot? If
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‘Sing of the Lord’s goodness’ performed during Communion on 18th August 2019
'Sing of the Lord’s goodness' performed during Communion on 18th August 2019 - words and Music (c) 1981 Ernest Sands,
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Limited by our expectations: a sermon from 18th August 2019
Red Sky at Night, shepherds delight; red sky at morning, sailors a warning. How good are you at predicting things?
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Treasures of heaven: a sermon from 11th August 2019
Predictions for the end of the world are running at roughly one a year: the next is on track for
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‘God Bless the Child’ performed during Communion on 11th August 2019
'God Bless the Child' performed during Communion on 11th August 2019 - words and Music Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog
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Tristesse (Etude Op. 10 No. 3) performed to close Evensong on 4th August 2019
Chopin, performed by Peter Greenhalgh
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‘Song Of India’ performed during Evensong on 4th August 2019
Rimsky-Korsakov, performed by Peter Greenhalgh
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Clear communication: a sermon from 4th August 2019
There's a need for clear communication when we need help - be that in sickness or adversity. We and those
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Considering prayer: a sermon from 21st July 2019
Considering prayer: make it a personal conversation, seeing God as father. After all, a father figure is someone to trust;
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Extraordinarily ordinary: a sermon from 21st July 2019
So, we’re half way through Ordinary time, the half a year that follows the excitement of Easter and Pentecost. There
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Distracted Martha: a sermon from 21st July 2019
Three times Martha mentions herself in her complaint to Jesus; she was concerned about what was happening to her -
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“Do Not Be Afraid” performed during Communion on 14th July 2019
Words and music, Gerald Markland
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Our Good Samaritan: a sermon from 14th July 2019
When we approach Jesus, are we looking for the loophole, for the trick, for an excuse: or are we really
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Children’s Society: a sermon from 23rd June 2019
What are your first memories of your childhood? Did you feel safe; have fun; feel loved? For many children today,
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Bach – Arioso performed during Evensong from 16th June 2019
With Peter Greenhalgh on piano and Frances Attwood on violin, performed to close our Evensong service on Trinity Sunday.
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Night vs Day: reshaped by God a sermon from 16th June 2019
Why should we settle for recreating ourselves with one more possession, hope, ambition? All the time, Jesus is dying to
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Trinity Sunday: Filled with the Spirit a sermon from 16th June 2019
Did you ever have an expanding suitcase? Where the clothes could go higher and higher, the lid come over and
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Pentecost: alight with the Spirit a sermon from 9th June 2019
The man they had been following had been crucified. This must have felt like the end - but then Jesus
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#SayOneForMe: prayer in the community from 5th June 2019
On a Wednesday evening between Ascension and Pentecost, members of St Mark's and St Thomas' churches came together in Pennington,
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#SayOneForMe: Talking about prayer from 5th June 2019
On Wednesday evening, members of St Mark's and St Thomas' churches came together in Pennington, to ask those going about
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Graceful in flight: a sermon from 2nd June 2019
What do we see at the end of the day as we look in the mirror? What does our life
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Delivery from Lions: a sermon from 19th May 2019
what would you do if the government declared that prayer was illegal? Daniel didn’t compromise: his routine didn’t alter: the
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Love one another: a sermon from 19th May 2019
Jesus knew all too well he had little time on this earth; as with any last words, he shared with
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Being sheep: a sermon from 12th May 2019
What happens for you when you read the bible? There may be some parts you enjoy more than others but
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Jesus wept: waiting on Jesus
Jesus shares all our fears, concerns, grief, and longings for physical healing, he feels these more deeply than we can
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Baptism and Confirmation: A service from 28th April 2019
David, the Bishop of Basingstoke lead a confirmation service at St Mark’s Church, Pennington on Sunday 28th April at 3pm.
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Easter Day: a sermon from 21st April 2019
From our Evensong service on Easter Sunday and it's great news! Christ is risen and we have the promise of
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Reflection of cross on tree
Jesus: love in the face of fear
It's Good Friday. Today, we remember Jesus, and his journey to the cross. Pádraig Ó Tuama writes: “For me, Good
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Sunset through the clouds
Emotions of the Easter story – letting go to gain more?
Jesus talks to his followers frankly about his death. About how his time is not forever with them, but soon
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A power of prayer in the face of adversity
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayers strengthened him to accept God’s will the cup He wanted to be taken
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Jesusmania: a sermon from 14th April 2019
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Pie Jesu: music performed during communion from 7th April 2019
Leigh Jerwood and Rebecca Rickaby perform Pie Jesu by Fauré, whilst members of the congregation come forward for communion.
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Cleaning and Conservation of paintings in the the Chancel
In late 2016 through to early 2017, St Mark's engaged the services of local conservator, Peter Martindale - to help
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