Sermons

  • ‘Love is the True Miracle’ – 13th August, 9th Sunday after Trinity

    ‘Love is the True Miracle’ – 13th August, 9th Sunday after Trinity

    Based around Matthew 14: 22-33. For the last few years it has seemed that anywhere you may have looked at merchandising aimed at children you have been found items featuring characters from “Frozen”.  Last Sunday this film, “Frozen”, was shown on TV and so I decided that I ought to know what it was about.  […]Read More »
  • ‘Crisertunity’ – 25th June, 2nd Sunday after Trinity

    ‘Crisertunity’ – 25th June, 2nd Sunday after Trinity

    Based around Jeremiah 20:7-13. In one episode of the TV show ‘The Simpsons’, Lisa says to Homer ‘Dad, do you know that in China they use the same word for crisis as they do for opportunity?’  Homer, not renowned for his language skills, replies “Yes! Crisertunity!” I’ve been reminded of this exchange most days for […]Read More »
  • ‘Fatherhood’ 18th June, 1st Sunday after Trinity

    ‘Fatherhood’ 18th June, 1st Sunday after Trinity

    Based around Romans 5:1-8 and Matthew 9:35-10:23   “Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.” These are the opening words to the prayer with which we and many millions of others are so familiar. We call God our Father and as today is Father’s Day it seemed to me entirely appropriate that […]Read More »
  • ‘St Patrick’ – 11th June, Trinity Sunday

    ‘St Patrick’ – 11th June, Trinity Sunday

    Today is Trinity Sunday – when we celebrate the Holy Trinity.  Tonight, I don’t intend to preach on the readings, but want to think a while about this enduring mystery. There is a rather nice cartoon on Youtube in which St Patrick attempts to explain the Trinity to a couple of local farmers he meets.  […]Read More »
  • ‘The Ascension’ – 28th May, 7th Sunday of Easter

    ‘The Ascension’ – 28th May, 7th Sunday of Easter

    How important is Ascension Day?  My secondary school in Coventry felt that it was important enough to hold an evening service in one of the city’s bigger churches, which all staff and students (plus parents) were supposed to attend.  I hadn’t a clue why, and I resented going (although one year I had to read […]Read More »
  • ‘In-between Times’ – 28th May, 7th Sunday of Easter

    ‘In-between Times’ – 28th May, 7th Sunday of Easter

    This Sunday feels like the time “in-between” – after the glory of the Ascension and before the drama of Pentecost with the coming of Holy Spirit.  Just before our reading from Acts today we are told that Jesus ordered his disciples and followers “not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the […]Read More »
  • ‘Training Manuals’ – 21st May, 6th Sunday of Easter

    ‘Training Manuals’ – 21st May, 6th Sunday of Easter

    Many years ago I used to write training manuals and teach courses about various technical subjects.  One of my mentors had previously served in the Royal Air Force, and told me that the basic technique I should adopt in writing technical manuals was “Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em, tell ‘em, and tell […]Read More »
  • ‘The Heart of Prayer’ – 21st May, 6th Sunday of Easter

    ‘The Heart of Prayer’ – 21st May, 6th Sunday of Easter

    We are all aware of the differences to be found in the many traditions of worship in the Church, such great variety of expression. There is, however, one practice that all Christian traditions follow. All pray, and although I am not familiar with all of the many styles of prayer I am certain that the […]Read More »
  • ‘When Christ calls’ – 7th May, 4th Sunday of Easter

    ‘When Christ calls’ – 7th May, 4th Sunday of Easter

    In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.   “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” These words were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran Pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi activist who was executed alongside conspirators against Hitler on 9th April, 1945, in Flossenburg concentration camp. As with […]Read More »
  • ‘How will we respond?’ – 9th April, Palm Sunday

    ‘How will we respond?’ – 9th April, Palm Sunday

    Many centuries ago the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt.  God heard their cries of anguish and called Moses to lead them out of Egypt and into the land of Canaan.  Pharaoh would not let them go.  But then Egypt was struck by plagues, one after another.  The tenth was the most terrible of […]Read More »

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