Happy Easter to you all!
SARAH BESSEY This week I read some words on the subject of Holy Week that I’d like to share with you now because I think they’re both beautiful and meaningful. They come from a woman called Sarah Bessey, a Canadian Christian writer, blogger and speaker. She says this: If you ever wonder if Jesus knows … Continue reading Good Friday – God Cares
Sorry about the long posting silence - I was ill and then life happened - but here is a sermon I preached a few years ago for Palm Sunday [Sermon began with holding up examples of famous brands' slogans] INTRODUCTION These slogans are just a few examples of some of the extravagant claims advertisers make … Continue reading Pride and Parades
While thinking about today's horrible news from New Zealand I found some words from a hymn coming to me and giving me some comfort. So I am sharing them here in the hope that they might be of help to others as well. God is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him Verse 2: God is Love: … Continue reading Sorrow and the Heart of God
Luke 4.1-13 Introduction So, we have reached the season of Lent. We might see this time as a kind of spiritual detox, where we give up chocolate and pray a lot instead. Or we might see it as a drudge, or a duty, or just as irrelevant. Or we might think it’s all a bit … Continue reading Opportunity Beckons
Sermon preached at Morning Prayer We don’t know a lot about Valentine, but he seems to have been a priest or a bishop of Terni, in central Italy. He was martyred in Rome under the Emperor Claudius in around the year 269, and probably on the 14th February. It’s actually possible that there were in … Continue reading Love and St Valentine
Isaiah 6.1-8(9-13) / 1 Corinthians 15.1-11 / Luke 5.1-11 Introduction On Wednesday I was driving into Cambridge early in the morning when, as I waited in the inevitable rush hour traffic jam on Madingley Road, I suddenly noticed that my fuel gauge was well into the red zone. Immediately I was anxiously watching the miles … Continue reading Encounters with Glory
John 2.1-11 This is a sermon preached 6 years ago when I was first starting out as a Licensed Lay Minister/Reader. There’s an old Jewish saying that goes, “Without wine there is no joy”, and I’m sure many people would say ”hear, hear” to that! In today’s Gospel reading we heard the familiar story of … Continue reading Wedding at Cana
Isaiah 43.1-7 / Luke 3.15-17, 21-2 When looking at today’s gospel reading the question that stuck in my mind was: “Why does it matter that Jesus was baptised?” It’s a very short story here but Luke obviously thought it was important enough to include, so there must be some purpose to it other than … Continue reading Baptism of Christ
“God Knows” And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and … Continue reading Happy New Year!