Isaiah 11.1-10 / Matthew 3.1-12 2nd Sunday of Advent / Year A Elections I’ve heard a rumour that there’s some kind of election coming up. I don’t want to speculate on what the result will be, but in this country, when there’s a change of government the changeover is instant. On polling day itself there … Continue reading John the Baptist
Isaiah 6.1-8 / 1 Peter 2.1-10, 25 A talk given at Morning Prayer, 27th November 2019 Being a priest - not just for those in funny collars I know that we all have things that we find difficult to understand, and I’m sure that there are things I think I understand but have completely wrong. … Continue reading A Royal Priesthood
Isaiah 65.17-25 / James 3.13-18 / Luke 6.27-38 A Tale of Two Mothers Two mothers tell their stories. “I’m an Iraqi mother. I was full of joy each time I had a child. But I’ve wept so many tears for them. I lost my first son when he was sent to fight against Iran. He … Continue reading Remember War, Make Peace
A talk given at Morning Prayer on 23rd October 2019 Ecclesiasticus 18.1-14 / Mark 15.33-41 The Apocrypha Our first reading today came from the book of Ecclesiasticus, also known as the Wisdom of Sirach or just Sirach, which is one of the books of the Old Testament Apocrypha. Nowadays when we refer to something as … Continue reading Compassion of God
Luke 17.11-19 Introduction That great figure of the Reformation, Martin Luther, was once asked to describe the nature of true worship. He answered: the tenth leper turning back. Often when people talk about today’s gospel reading they focus on the importance of gratitude – I’ve done this myself before. But today I want to focus … Continue reading Seeing and Believing
Deuteronomy 30.15-20 / Luke 14.25-33 Good news and context When I was training to be an LLM I was given lots of good advice about preaching but two things in particular have stayed in my mind. One is, always look for the good news as that’s what the gospel is all about. The other is, … Continue reading What are your priorities?
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
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
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?
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