This category includes all of our sermons. Every Sermon is posted in English, followed by its French translation.

Sermon – Pentecost XV

PENTECOST XV September 13th, 2020     Exodus 14:19-30    Romans 14:1-12   Matthew 18:21-35 It was a Friday afternoon in late October when I made my first official visit to a Mosque as the Bishop of London’s Consultant on interfaith dialogue. Even though a friend had invited me to join the study group at the little mosque in…

Sermon Pentecost XIV

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 6, 2020 Exodus 12:1-14 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 When people who are unfamiliar with Christian communities hear the word “Church”, they respond in many different ways. I’ve heard some people saying “The church – they may start out nicely, but don’t worry, they’ll get to you in the end –…

Sermon – Pentecost XIII

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 30, 2020 Exodus 3:1-15 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Many botanists have identified the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses as a plant called Rubus sanctus, a small thorny bush that grows near desert wadis and survives on very little water. It grows to about sixty centimeters (two feet).…

Sermon – Pentecost XII

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost August 23, 2020 Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Modern Western society seems to have an obsession with the concept of time. Our personal computers have to be precisely calibrated in order to function properly. Modern watches keep accurate time down to the millisecond. Almost every gadget in our…

Sermon – Pentecost XI

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 16, 20220 Genesis 45:1-15 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:(10-20),21-28 In our Gospel reading, we hear of the only occasion in which Jesus fails to respond to someone who calls to him for help. He simply remains silent when a foreign woman appeals to him to heal her sick daughter. The…

Sermon – Pentecost X

Pentecost X August 9, 2020 Genesis 37:1-28 Romans 10:5-15  Matthew 14:22-33 Before the tunnel from England to France was built, the quickest route by car or train was to take the boat or the hovercraft from Dover to Calais. This gave rise to many jokes in England, such as “Fog in Channel. Continent cut off.”…

Sermon – Pentecost IX

Pentecost IX August 2, 2020 Genesis 32 :22-31   Romans 9 :1-5   Matthew 14 :13-21 NEW FLAVORS I suppose like many of you, I often eat alone. This custom began when I left my parents’ house, when I first had my own accommodation. Even if I was house sharing and living in a sort of community as I was…

Pentecost VII July 19, 2020 Genesis 28:10-19   Romans 8:12-25   Matthew 13:24-43 Though Edwin Muir was born on the island of Orkney in Scotland, he must be one of the most well-travelled poets in history. He spent time in London, Prague, Germany, Italy and Austria. He was Norton Professor of English at Harvard University. He had…

Sermon Pentecost VI – Bastille Day

Pentecost 6 / Bastille 12 July 2020 It is said that Jean-Baptiste Belley, the first black deputy for the French colony of Santo Domingo in 1793, introduced the third term of the motto, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. Still today, the motto that one associates so often with France is also one of the mottoes of the…