Sermons, talks, articles

Sunday after Ascension

Fr Paul’s Sermon. How are we to celebrate the Kingship of Christ (which is what the Ascension is all about) in the face of the Manchester bombing? If God is both good and all-powerful, why did he not stop it? Do we, as Christians, have any answers to give, any [...]

The Good Shepherd

(Fr Paul’s sermon notes for the Children’s Address) What’s this?  (CAT) What’s this? (DOG) What’s this? (RABBIT) Do any of you have a cat as a pet? A dog? A rabbit? Any other kind of pet? Do you look after your pets/ What sort of things do you have to [...]

Maundy Thursday

Fr Paul’s Sermon. This night which we are commemorating was especially important to Jesus. He knew that his appointed end was very near, the moment when his enemies would prevail, and have him killed. He knew that this is what the Father required of him, if the salvation of the [...]

Bishop Jonathan’s Chrism Sermon

I   Normally at this celebration we read from St Luke’s account of Jesus appearing in the synagogue in Nazareth and reading the prophecy we have just heard from Isaiah:  ‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me’.  But this morning we’re scrolling back a little: back [...]

The Mass as Sacrifice

Fr Paul’s sermon for Sexagesima Sunday  I’m sure I don’t expect anybody to remember what I said on this Sunday, three years ago! Until I looked it up, I didn’t remember myself! But I preached on the first reading, the story of creation, and one of the things I said [...]

Epiphany

Fr Paul’s sermon notes. Take leaf out of Toby & Linda’s Quiz- how many kings does St Matthew mention in his gospel? One, King Herod. He mentions Wise Men, without mentioning a number. He mentions   gifts. Christian tradition supplies the kings, the camels, even names for the Kings (What?) and [...]

Christmas Midnight

Fr Paul’s sermon Sermon preached at All Hallows, Easton Here in this darkened church, at this midnight hour, we do not need many words, we simply need silence to keep watch and to wonder. Christ is being born. God is entering the world he made, as one of its inhabitants. [...]

Advent Sunday

Fr Paul’s sermon Well, here we are again, beginning the Church’s year with Advent Sunday! My favourite season, I think, full of hope and anticipation of Christmas- with, of course, lots of preparation-work t do for that great Festival. In a way, though, Advent marks both a beginning and an [...]

Remembrance Sunday

Fr Paul’s sermon: When this annual Act of Remembrance, which we shall take part in at the end of Mass, was started nearly a hundred years ago, people were actually remembering those that they really remembered and grieved for – sons, fathers, uncles, brothers, husbands, fiancés. People they had known [...]

A sermon for All Souls

2 Thess 2.1-5, 13-17; Luke 20.27-38 (This sermon was preached  especially to the children.) What is this? A pumpkin Anything special about it? It has a face carved into it. When do we see this sort of Pumpkin? At Hallowe’en. When was that? Last Monday Anybody go trick or treating? [...]