Sermons

Sermon, 14 April 2024, Easter III – Ros Miskin

May I speak in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Despite all the horrors of our world, with its wars, malpractice, and onslaught on the climate, I believe that when we look at the manifestations of nature that surround us, such as the spring flowers ...

Sermon, Good Friday, 29 March 2024 – the Vicar

When I was growing up, Reverend Rankin’s sermons featured on high days and holy days, when he would tackle mysterious or difficult Bible passages by swerving disputatious detail in favour of the main message. “The main thing is the plain thing”,he was fond of saying, “It will also get us ...

Sermon, 3 March 2024, Lent III – Ros Miskin

Is this country in decline?  This was a question raised in a Question Time I watched recently on television.  The general view was expressed that it is, and for a variety of reasons.  There has been the effect of the pandemic, some adverse effects on the economy post-Brexit, the war ...

Sermon, Epiphany IV, 28 January 2024 – Rosamond Miskin

The theme of my sermon today is trust. How often have you heard the expression ‘trust me, I am a doctor’.  The doctor is asking you to have faith in her or his ability to heal you by advice and the recommendation of surgery if needed.  It is up to ...

Sermon, Epiphany, Saturday 6th January 2024 – Reverend Paul Nicholson

One great advantage still enjoyed (for now at least) by the Church of England, and which I believe it ignores at its peril, is that it is there for everyone – whether or not they happen to be ‘signed up’ members. We see that in the focus for national celebration ...

Sermon, Advent IV, 24 December 2023 – Rosamond Miskin

The theme of my last sermon was war.  So, I thought by way of contrast that as we are in the fourth Sunday in Advent, looking towards the imminent birth of Christ, I would preach on the theme of peace. I found it more challenging to reflect upon peace than ...

Sermon, Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 26 November 2023 – Joseph Steadman

Today is the Feast of Christ the King, or – as our Roman Catholic friends call it, with characteristic flair – the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It’s the final Sunday of the Church’s year, and the culmination of what has become known in the ...

Sermon, Second Sunday before Advent, 19 November 2023 – The Reverend Paul Nicholson

‘The day of the Lord is at hand’, asserted the Old Testament prophet Zephaniah, and if you glance through it, you’ll notice that in the New Testament Epistle offered for today, St. Paul, writing to Thessalonian Christians, holds pretty much the same view: ‘the day of the Lord so cometh ...

Sermon, Remembrance Sunday, 5th November 2023 – the Vicar

                In today’s first lesson, Micah hears the nations of the world saying: Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of ...

Sermon, 5 November 2023, Fourth Sunday before Advent – Rosamond Miskin

War is very much in the news at the moment.  The war in the Middle East and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  You could say that the whole history of mankind has been one of conflict between nations.  It has also been a history of civil war and tribal enmity. ...

Sermon, All Souls, 2 November 2023 – the Reverend Paul Nicholson

Take him, earth, for cherishing, to thy tender breast receive him. Body of a man I bring thee, noble even in its ruin. Once was this a spirit’s dwelling, by the breath of God created. High the heart that here was beating, Christ the prince of all its living. Those ...

Sunday 3 September 2023 Trinity XIV Proper 17 Year A – The Vicar

Today’s Gospel is the immediate continuation of last week’s. There Simon Peter in a moment of extraordinary insight understood, or so we thought, who and what Jesus was – in his words then declares “The Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Today, following Mark’s order of things, St Matthew ...

Sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving (Trinity XV) – 17 September 2023 – Tessa Lang

Welcome to Harvest Thanksgiving 2023 this Sunday, Trinity XV, where every portion of the order of service points to the power of giving thanks. For example, the liturgy for The Blessing of the Harvest Gifts rejoices that: ‘springtime and harvest shall not cease’and neither should our thanks, as ‘All things ...

Sermon, Trinity XII, 27 August 2023 – Rosamond Miskin

The theme of my sermon today is concealment.  Is concealment wise or unwise? Does it bear fruit or is it destructive? In today’s Gospel reading we learn from the words of Jesus to his disciples that he does not want them to tell anyone that he is the Messiah, the ...

Sermon, Trinity XI, 10 September 2023 – the Reverend Glen Ruffle

It is absolutely wonderful to be here on what I really do think is my last Sunday with you all! Never say never, but there really is no other date in the diary (in the foreseeable future)! Well, the gospel reading we had today is one that has caused some ...

Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration, Sunday 6 August 2023 – Tessa Lang

From St Luke, chapter 9: v 28 and 29 “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James and went up to a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment ...

Sermon, Trinity VII, 23 July 2023 – the Vicar

Following the Parable of the Sower last week images of seed-time and harvest continue: Jesus is clear “the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.” Before we look at the Gospel passage, and as we have not been reading much of Romans so far since ...

Sermon, Trinity V, 9 July 2023 – the Vicar

My father, whom I am sorry you did not know, because he died about a year before we came here, was full of funny sayings, which continue make me smile when I think of them. Dad would not eat pork, ham or sausages without English mustard, French would not do, ...

Sermon Sunday 16 July 2023 Trinity VI – the Vicar

Last weekend I spent some time with a farmer relative. He’s the son and grandson of generations of farmers who loves the land enjoys explaining what his life and work consists of. His favourite occupation is using his rather splendid tractor to plough, tend or drill his fields. It’s so ...

Sermon, The Visitation of Mary, 2 July 2023 – Rosamond Miskin, LLM

May I speak in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit At present, if we look at the state of the world today, you could say that joy is in short supply.  So many disasters; the terrible rail crash in India, the death of 800 people ...

Sermon, Trinity II, 15 June 2023 – the Vicar

Today’s readings present on the one hand in the Book of Exodus the calling of the Children of Israel to be Kingdom and Nation of Priests, and on the other the naming of the 12. The first is in some measure the precursor of the second of course. Just as ...

Sermon, Trinity III, 25th June 2023 – Lessons from the last 15 months – the Reverend Glen Ruffle

“And now, the end is near, the time has come, the final sermon”  If someone had said to me in 2018 that I would have to sing in public (I admit, badly!), then I don’t think I would have even continued talking to William about priestly ministry. I don’t sing. ...

Sermon, Ascension, Sunday 18 May 2023 – Ros Miskin

May I speak in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit It gives me much pleasure to have this opportunity to preach to you this evening here at St Mary’s. An evening that is of great significance in our Christian calendar as it is the evening ...

Sermon, Sunday 14 May 2023,Acts 17: 22-31 and John 14: 15-21, Double Baptism – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

“To the unknown god” – perhaps it should be ‘to the unknown song’ given Britain’s latest Eurovision disaster! But it was “to the unknown god” that the words inscribed on an altar in Athens 2000 years ago appealed, and they are the words St Paul leapt upon. The unknown God: ...

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