Sermons, talks, articles

The Assumption of Our Lady

Fr Paul’s sermon, August 14th. We are keeping tomorrow today- that is, we are celebrating today tomorrow’s feast of the Assumption of our blessed Lady into heaven. In a way, Christians are always celebrating tomorrow today, because we believe that the eternal life which God has promised us hereafter has [...]

Martha and Mary

Fr Paul’s sermon, 17th July 2016 (Col 1.15-28; Lk 10.38-42) What a contrast there seems to be, between the Christ of the Epistle, “The image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation…”, and the Jesus of the Gospel, the humble rabbi sitting in the house of Martha and [...]

St Thomas

Fr Paul’s sermon, 3rd July 2016 The Gospel story is familiar to us. It is Easter Day, and the disciples have been visited by the risen Lord. But for some reason- no point in speculating what it may have been- Thomas was absent. He did not have that experience. The [...]

The cost of discipleship and the fruit of the Spirit here and now

Sermon preached on Trinity 5, 26th June 2016, by Jessica Smith By heaven, what a week it’s been … Well, actually, what a fortnight, since we were unable to worship here last Sunday morning because of an act of violence in the early hours outside the Jolly Roger pub over [...]

Trinity Sunday

Fr Paul’s sermon. How are we to think of God? Atheists like Dr Richard Dawkins seem to think that Christians believe God to be an old man with a beard, sitting on a cloud. Because this idea is ridiculous, they say they find the whole idea of God ridiculous. Well, [...]

The Language of Love

Sermon preached on the Feast of Pentecost 15th May 2016 by Jessica Smith I don’t know about you, but nearly everyone I’ve spoken to since our Confirmation Mass last week has been full of praise and thanksgiving, including Bishop Jonathan and his wife Sarah. It was a great occasion on [...]

Fifth Sunday of Eastertide; St George

Fr Paul’s Sermon this morning: There was a delightful picture published yesterday- little Prince George on his rocking-horse, in his pyjamas and dressing-gown because he had been allowed to stay up late to say “Thank you” to Mr and Mrs Obama, who had given it to him when he was [...]

The Prayer of Humble Access

Fr Paul’s sermon for Passion Sunday This week the prayer we are looking at is the “Prayer of Humble Access”, the one which begins “We do not presume,” and which we say just before Communion. But before I talk about that, I would like to step back and look at [...]

The Transfiguration

Fr Paul’s sermon this morning. On this Sunday before Lent, the modern lectionary directs our thoughts to the Transfiguration of Jesus. This comes at the mid-point of the first three Gospels, first half leading up to the recognition by the disciples, Peter being their spokesman: You are the Messiah, the [...]

The wedding at Cana

Fr Paul’s sermon, 17th January 2016 The Prayer Book Marriage Service reminds us that marriage was instituted by God in mankind’s original state of innocence, and that Christ adorned and beautified it with his presence and first miracle at Cana of Galilee. Together with the coming of the Magi and [...]