Sermon – Lent III

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT March 7 , 2021 Exodus 20:1-17 I Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 I want to begin by asking a very ‘modern’ question. How clearly is the personality of Jesus portrayed in the Gospels? Are the Gospels biographies of Jesus, like the biographies of other famous people we can read from the ancient…

Sermon – Lent II

Lent II February 28, 2021 Genesis 17 :1-16 Romans 4 :13-25 Mark 8 :31-38 We are so used to hearing that the Gospel is Good News, that certain verses in the Bible can take us by surprise. Perhaps this is especially true of today’s gospel reading, “If any want to become my followers, let them…

Sermon – Lent I

Lent I February 21, 2021 Genesis 9:8-17 I Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 Many Christians live through Lent as a moment of restraint and purification with a view to receiving God’s grace more fully. Many traditions and spiritual observances of the Church encourage this. During this season we want to be able to restrict, limit or…

Sermon – Transfiguration

Last Sunday of Epiphany / Transfiguration February 14, 2021 II Kings 2:1-12 II Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 The curious thing about the commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor is that it is the only feast that is observed twice in the liturgical calendar. Since at least the 800’s, the feast of the…

Sermon – Epiphany V

Epiphany V February 7, 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 Just before I moved to the United States, I worked for a Bishop of London who was very kind, but noted for plain speaking. He came from the English county of Yorkshire – a part of the country where people have a reputation…

Sermon – La chandeleur

Candlemas January 31, 2021 Malachi 3:1-4 Hebrews 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 I have some poignant memories today. This time last year, we held the last parish reception before the pandemic, and as you probably saw in the opening video, we all had a wonderful time tossing the crêpes after our service. I’ve missed your beloved faces…

Sermon – Épiphanie III

Epiphany III January 24, 2021 Jonah 3:1-5, 10 I Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 What is the difference between a ceremony or a ritual (happy or sad), and the liturgy? We have a tendency to confuse the two, and it must be said that what we observe at times in churches or in the public square…

Epiphany II – sermon

Epiphany II January 17, 2021 I Samuel 3:1-20 I Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 It’s a fact that most of the world’s population – certainly the majority of those living in Europe, Africa and Asia – don’t know how many generations their families have lived in one particular area. In England and France – the two…

Sermon – Baptism of Our Lord

Epiphany I Baptism of Our Lord January 10, 2021 Genesis 1:1-5 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 As a parish priest, you rarely get to see what happens in other churches on a Sunday morning. I sometimes think that it would be interesting to see what happens in other parishes: to hear someone else preach or worship…

Epiphany Sermon

Epiphany January 3rd 2021 Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12. The Church is living through unprecedented times at the moment. More than two thousand years after Jesus’ birth and almost four hundred years after the founding of our own congregation, the pattern of our life has rarely been so tested as it is today. The…