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

The Unfairness of Grace

Matthew 20.1-16   A short sermon given at this week's Wednesday service of Holy Communion   The parable of the workers in the vineyard is completely unfair.   It tells us that God gives the same rewards to people who work all their lives for him, to lifelong followers and faithful believers who take on … Continue reading The Unfairness of Grace