The impermanence of life - the permanence of God (Luke 21:5-19)

Bishop Colin Fletcher, OBEBishop Colin Fletcher, OBE, 17 November 2013
Part of the Confirmation Service series, preached at a Confirmation Service service

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Luke 21:5–19 (Listen)

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.


About Bishop Colin Fletcher, OBE: He has been Bishop of Dorchester since 2000 which involves him working in support of some 200 churches in Oxfordshire. In he has strong links with a number of community groups (eg Creation Theatre Company; Oxford Inspires; Common Purpose Oxfordshire). He is a governor of the North Oxfordshire Academy and chairs the South Oxfordshire Local Strategic Partnership and the County-Wide Stronger Communities Alliance. Nationally he has a remit for the Church of England in connection with Chaplaincy in Detention/Removal Centres and also in connection with the Police. Prior to becoming Bishop he was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1993 and before that from 1984 Vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate. From September 1979 to 1984 he was Tutor at Wycliffe Hall (Ethics & Church History) and Curate of St Andrew’s, North Oxford. For three years from September 1975 he was Curate at St Peter’s Shipley in the Bradford Diocese.

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