Sermon – Last Sunday after Trinity

Today’s Gospel reading is a bit of a minefield – you have to be careful where you put your feet. It’s very easy to end up saying something as self congratulatory as ‘Heavenly Father, I thank you that I’m not like that Pharisee, thinking I’m better than everyone else’ thereby becoming exactly like the Pharisee…

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Sermon – St Matthew the Apostle

St Matthew, also known as Levi, was one of the 12, and by tradition, the author of Matthew’s Gospel. He isn’t mentioned much in the Gospels: he’s listed as one of the 12. In Acts he is listed as a witness of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, and in Luke’s Gospel there’s an oblique reference to…

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Sermon for the Feast of St Bartholomew the Apostle

Bartholomew is a difficult saint to celebrate because we know  hardly anything about him. The gospel for the fast of Bartholomew doesn’t even mention his name. He may or may not be the same person as Nathaniel –scholars argue the one way and the other. In Matthew, Mark and Luke Bartholomew is listed as one…

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Sermon – Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday 2019 It is widely thought that it is impossible to preach about the Trinity without falling into Heresy. For anyone who is interested there’s a list of the most common ones on the noticeboard at the back. It appears to me that Christians have debated the Trinity for almost 2000 years and no-one…

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Sermon – Pentecost

I suppose the Holy Spirit is the least understood person of  the Trinity, and the most misused. Long ago I attended the World Council of Churches 7th Assembly in Canberra, Australia. Christians of almost all denominations and from almost everywhere in the world gathered for 2 weeks to talk about the Holy Spirit. I can…

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Sermon – Easter 3

We have just heard another, very familiar resurrection account from John’s Gospel. John tells us this was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples. It was actually the fourth time: John omits Jesus’ very first encounter with Mary Magdalene on that first Easter morning. It would be good to think that we’ve made…

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Sermon – Easter 2

The lectionary Gospels for Easter and the second and third Sundays thereafter all tell resurrection stories as befits the Easter Season. But this reading is the only one to be used every year; the Sunday after Easter, each year, this is the story we hear. This seems odd because I’m sure it’s not our favourite…

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Palm Sunday Sermon

We British are really good at pomp. And we tend to enjoy, on occasions such as royal weddings, the sight of the beautifully groomed horses bedecked in leather, with gold trimmings, the military in their best uniforms – silver helmets, plumes of horsehair, red jackets. All beautifully choreographed so not a foot, animal or human,…

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Sermon – Lent 1.

Christians have observed Lent – forty days, mirroring Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness since at least the fourth century. In the Orthodox church the forty days doesn’t include Holy Week making for a Lent longer than ours. Lent is a paradox: in order to live life fully in the here and now, we embrace…

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Ash Wednesday Sermon

Ash Wednesday 2019 We had a bit of a pancake feast at the Vicarage yesterday; lots of lemons and maple syrup. And I was delighted to hear that our messy sermon group had similarly good time last Sunday – not just lemons and maple syrup chocolate and raspberry sauces and other sweet treats. That was…

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