Sermon – the Feast of the Epiphany

Personal space – it’s something that we preserve for ourselves and observe in our dealings with other people. And how uncomfortable we feel when someone invades our personal space – I can see myself retreating backwards to a place of safety.  In fact, our sense of personal space is very complex – our invisible boundary…

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Sermon for Christmas Day

Refugee Nativity A church in America, has, for the last 40 years had a nativity scene with real live animals. Last year, Stormy the cow escaped twice in one day and caused a considerable amount of chaos – and, some of the church members felt, was not treated very well! So this year the church…

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All Saints’ Sunday – Sermon

Years ago – and some of you will have heard me talking about this before – I went to a performance of John’s Gospel at St Luke’s Church in Blackburn – just next to St Wilfrid’s School. I say ‘performance’ because it featured a solitary actor who proclaimed the whole of John’s Gospel from memory…

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Sermon – Trinity 17

The modern addiction to success, or being better, (or even the best) is dangerous and is leading us slowly but surely into disaster. It was this philosophy of racial superiority which lead to the tragedy summed up by the word ‘Auschwitz’ – although the extermination of European Jews was much, much wider than Auschwitz alone…

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Sermon Trinity 9 Proper 12

The stories of the feeding of the 5000 and of the calming of the storm are both terribly familiar to us. They are also problematic: how many seafarers have, in the last 200o years, drowned at sea despite their prayers? How many parents, have, over the past 2000 years, and even today, watched their children…

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Sermon – Trinity 6 (proper 9)

Proper 9 2018 Does Theresa May have what it takes to be the Brexit Prime Minister? Does Gareth Southgate have what it takes to manage a team that will win the world cup? Does Venus WIlliams have what it takes to win the women’s title at Wimbledon this year? And you: do you have what…

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Sermon – Birth of John the Baptist

John the Baptist is an extraordinary figure. He is regarded by Christians as the last of the Old Testament prophets – he didn’t herald the Messiah in an abstract way – ‘one day the Messiah will come’ but was able to say ‘the Messiah is here with us now’. In Luke’s wonderful account he does…

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Sermon – Trinity 2 (Proper 5)

Today’s gospel reading is full of division, conflict and animosity. In order to unpick what is there we need to understand an important way of thinking in Jesus’ time and place. It went like this: people were labeled according to their place of origin, their social status and so on. We hear this reflected on…

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