A fisherman casting a net towards a crowd of people

Encounters with Glory

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

Wedding at Cana

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

Baptism of Christ

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

Being Rich & The Kingdom of God

Bit late but here is my sermon from yesterday on the grounds of "better late than never"!   Mark 10.17-31 When I think about the man in today’s gospel reading I imagine a rather earnest, conscientious person who worries about doing what’s right. He’s a good Jew who not only knows what he’s supposed to … Continue reading Being Rich & The Kingdom of God

Harvest, Wealth and Generosity

Joel 2.21-27 / 1 Timothy 6.6-10 / Matthew 6.25-33   Harvest is an important time of year, even though many of us don’t have much to do with farming these days and live mostly unaware of its rhythms and seasons. Harvest is important because it encourages us to be thankful for the basic necessities of … Continue reading Harvest, Wealth and Generosity

Holy Spirit

Ezekiel 36.8-12, 24-28 / Romans 8.1-17   The 1970s were a time of great liturgical change in the Church of England, with many different forms of service being tried out. During this time, the then Bishop of Kensington is said to have turned up to lead a confirmation service which he began with the words: ‘The … Continue reading Holy Spirit

Living Faith

15th Sunday after Trinity / Proper 18 / Year B James 2.1-17 / Mark 7.24-37   Once upon a time a man called Nasrettin was invited to a banquet and set out wearing his old patchwork coat. Along the way he stopped to help capture a runaway goat. When Nasrettin arrived at his friend’s house, the … Continue reading Living Faith