Faith

Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 Proper 14 / 8th Sunday after Trinity Introduction As some of you may know I have a flock of hens in my back garden. I find it fascinating to watch them going about their daily lives – they’re a lot more interesting and complicated than many people think. However, although hens have … Continue reading Faith

Yoked Together

A talk at Morning Prayer on 17th July 2019 Matthew 11.28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading Yoked Together

My Brother’s Keeper?

Deuteronomy 30.9-14 / Colossians 1.1-14 / Luke 10.25-37 Who are we? Who are they? If I asked you to describe yourself in just one word, which one would you choose? It’s a hard thing to do because we’re complicated people and we probably want to use many words to describe ourselves at different times. But … Continue reading My Brother’s Keeper?

Gathering the Scattered Ones

GENESIS 11.1-9 / Acts 2.1-21 / John 14.8-17 The Day of Pentecost When we say, “Come, Holy Spirit” what do we think will happen? What are we expecting? What are we hoping for? Perhaps a warm fuzzy feeling, maybe some divine inspiration, a little more confidence in our faith? When the Holy Spirit came to … Continue reading Gathering the Scattered Ones

Holiness

A talk at Morning Prayer on the 22nd May 2019 Do you have comments or questions about this post? Please comment below! Deuteronomy 18.9-22 / 1 Peter 2.1-10 Set Apart The common theme running through our two readings this morning is holiness. To be holy is to be set apart, to be different, to be … Continue reading Holiness

Picture showing a menorah with burning candles to celebrate Hanukkah

The Importance of Temples

John 10.22-30 This is not going to be a sermon about sheep. We hear a lot about sheep in the Bible, and they make for a good metaphor, but I want to talk about temples. HANUKKAH You see, I think it’s important that our gospel reading begins by mentioning the feast of the dedication, which … Continue reading The Importance of Temples

Embroidered cross with the words of Song of Solomon chapter 3 verse 4

A Love Song

Song of Solomon 3 / Matthew 28.16-end A talk for Morning Prayer on Wednesday of Easter Week Human Love We don’t hear much about the Song of Solomon in church. It’s a bit too romantic and passionate; even, if I dare use the word here, sexy. We hear it read at weddings a lot, and … Continue reading A Love Song

Jesus tempted in the wilderness

Opportunity Beckons

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