Sermons

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet, Ros Miskin, Reader – 11 October 2020

  In the opening sentence of today’s Gospel reading, we learn that Jesus was once more going to speak to the chief priests and elders in parables.  The purpose of the parables was to teach of the kingdom of heaven by way of comparison or illustration for those who could ...

Sermon by the Vicar to mark the 80th anniversary of the bombing of St Mark’s, 20 September 2020,

Today’s lectionary readings picture moments of destruction. Jeremiah, in his Lamentations sees the devastated wastes of Jerusalem after the Babylonians had invaded and destroyed it before the exile. The picture he paints is one of despair. Over 500 years later, Our Lord is in the Temple precincts, all newly rebuilt ...

Sermon by Fr Hugh Stuckey 7 July 1940 – given by the Vicar on 6 September 2020

On Sunday I read a sermon that was preached in St Mark’s on Sunday 7 July 1940 and published in the August 1940 parish magazine, just one month before the church was all but destroyed (as given below with the title ‘Overheard in church’). The campaign of enemy bombing was ...

Trinity X healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter, 16 August, Ros Miskin, Reader

In Psalm 34, a Psalm of David, which gives praise to God for deliverance from troubles, we read the sentence: ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good’. This tasting does not have the literal meaning of eating but the symbolic meaning of taking refuge in God.  Those who ...

Trinity VIII, Sunday 2 August, The feeding Miracle – Ros Miskin, Reader

What I have observed during my preparation of sermons to preach here at St. Mark’s is that the Bible narratives are full of threads that are woven to form various patterns that make up the great tapestry of the Bible story. In reading the text of today’s Gospel, with Matthew’s ...

Trinity VI, 19 July 2020, William Gulliford

Trinity VI 19 July 2020 Year A Proper 11 Jesus’s remarkable style as a teacher was to use pictures to capture his audience’s attention. Last week’s Gospel was the Parable of the Sower, which anyone in an agricultural society would have grasped immediately. And I thought in that vein I ...

Sunday 19 July 2020 – Trinity VI Proper 11 – William Gulliford

Jesus’s remarkable style as a teacher was to use pictures to capture his audience’s attention. Last week’s Gospel was the Parable of the Sower, which anyone in an agricultural society would have grasped immediately. And I thought in that vein I might use some pictures too, which while not of ...

Sunday 27 June 2020 Trinity III Proper 8 Zoom Sermon – William Gulliford

Next week we shall return to church, but before we do, here we are gathered in this virtual way, safely distanced, but together. We are worshipping as perhaps three months ago we might never have imagined. And we are poised on the threshold of our beloved St Mark’s. We are ...

Trinity I, 14 June 2020, Ros Miskin, Reader

One of the charities that I support is the Children’s Society.  When reading their most recent magazine I was struck by the depiction in it of colourful postcards sent by supporters of the Society sharing messages of hope for young refugees.  One such read: ‘Welcome to England.  We hope that ...

Sunday after Ascension, Ros Miskin

The theme of my sermon today is ‘glory’.  I have chosen this theme to reflect today’s reading from the Gospel of John.  The focus of John’s Gospel is on the ‘hour’ of Jesus’ glorification which was to return to the Father at the Crucifixion. ‘Glory’ is not a word that ...

Mothering Sunday, 22 March 2020, Ros Miskin

Today is Mothering Sunday.  In spite of the face to face contact that has been curtailed by the Corona Virus I am sure that many people today will be on the phone to their mothers in gratitude for their love for them and all they have done for them. This ...

Transfiguration

We are fortunate in this church that there is so much to look at, which tells a story. The stained glass window in the All Saints’ Chapel next to the altar is very fine piece of work. It is by Brian Thomas, born in 1912, he died in 1989. He ...

Septuagesima, 9 February – William Gulliford

The Sunday School at this moment is in the crypt learning how to pronounce the word Septuagesima so they are word perfect by the time they come back again. Let us wish them all very good luck with that. Before getting the weekly email that gets sent to the families ...

Candlemas

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Candlemas

  As we come together today to celebrate Candlemas, I have chosen for my sermon the theme of light and darkness. Looking at today’s Gospel, let me begin with the words of Simeon, who has been guided by the Holy Spirit to come to the Temple to see Jesus. The ...

Rejection of the cornerstone, 22 December, Ros Miskin, Reader

‘Be careful what you throw away’ my grandmother used to say, ‘you never know when you might need it’.  This accords well with the saying: ‘don’t buy new when old will do’.  It is fun and refreshing to buy new things but to my mind there is a gentle warning ...

The Prophets: Truth Tellers – December 8th 2019

by the Reverend Matt Harbage Readings: Isaiah 11.1-10; Matthew 3.1-12 On this Second Sunday of Advent, we celebrate the prophets of God. These are the holy men and women who, yes, predict the future, but more importantly and more powerfully, the prophets are those who speak the truth. Truth to ...

The Persecuted Church: 17th November 2019

by the Reverend Matt Harbage Readings: Malachi 4: 1-2a; Luke 21: 5-19. Last week, on Remembrance Sunday, I spoke of the Christian calling to witness to the Cross of Jesus Christ: In the face of violence and war, we see in Christ a better way. No longer “an eye for ...

Remembrance Sunday Sermon 2019

by the Reverend Matt Harbage May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. In the UK today, we live in a political culture of division and blame. It will not have escaped any of us that the language used in parliament over the last ...

Nature in the Bible and the Saving of the Lost Sheep 3 November 2019 Ros Miskin

Nature in the Bible and the Saving of the Lost Sheep 3 November 2019 Readings: 2 Thessalonians ch.1, Luke 19 1-10 Ros Miskin, Reader Recently I watched a television programme about children who were evacuated from town to countryside during the second War.  Some of them were found places at ...

God and wealth

22 September 2019 Readings: Amos 8.4-7, 1 Timothy 2.1-7 by Ros Miskin, Reader In the final sentence of today’s Gospel reading we are told clearly and simply:‘You cannot serve God and wealth’.  This sentence appears to conflict somewhat with the earlier narrative.  Here, the master commends his dishonest manager for ...

Jesus’ radical calling to be Peacemakers (Christian Ethics sermon part 1), 7th July 2019

by the Reverend Matt Harbage Readings: Galatians 6.7-16; Luke 10.1-11, 16-20. “Behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves…. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.” May I speak in the name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Today I want to ...

The Good Samaritan (Christian Ethics sermon part 2), 14th July 2019

by the Reverend Matt Harbage Readings: Deuteronomy 30.9-14; Luke 10. 25-37 (The Good Samaritan) Our Gospel reading today contains a powerful parable and it’s one of my favourite.  When I was a teenager I once knew a Methodist minister. One day I asked him, “Some of these old Bible stories, ...

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