Sermons, talks, articles

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? [...]

The Unjust Judge

Fr Paul’s sermon, 16th October “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” This is a challenging question indeed. To understand our Lord’s parable, we need to know a little bit about how Jewish courts worked in those days. There was no clear distinction, as there [...]

Dives and Lazarus

Fr Paul’s Sermon, 25th September Today’s readings carry on the theme from last week. You remember that our Lord told us to make use of our worldly wealth in order to win friends in heaven. In the story of the rich man and the poor man – Dives and Lazarus [...]