Sermons

Sermon, Luke 22:24-30: servanthood and coronations, 7 May 2023 – Reverend Glen Ruffle

Well, I received a phone call at 8.30pm yesterday asking me if I was free to help out, so apologies if this is a little ill-thought out! There is a bumper sticker somewhere along the lines of “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” The aim of the game ...

Sermon, 30 April 2023 With Notes: Take Heed – Living in the Light of Christ’s Return – Tessa Lang

St Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, “Take heed lest any man deceive you:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations :13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the ...

Sermon, Easter III, (Coronation Series II) Sunday 24 April 2023 – the Vicar

We are continuing a study of the Coronation rite. Last week we covered the early part of the service. This week we shall explore three things: The reality that this rite takes place within a Eucharist, which connects nicely with today’s Gospel passage about the Road to Emmaus. Secondly we ...

Sermon, Easter II, (Coronation Series I) Low Sunday 16 April 2023 – the Vicar

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” ...

Sermon, Maundy Thursday, 6th April 2023 – Ros Miskin

May I speak in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit In our Order of Service here at St Mark’s we are invited to ‘draw near with faith’.  In faith to put aside our worldly concerns and focus on our relationship with God. On this Maundy ...

Sermon, 19th February 2023 Quinquagesima & Transfiguration – Tessa Lang

From today’s reading of the Gospel of St Matthew, 17: v5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And 2 Peter 1: v19 ...

Sermon, 26 February 2023, Lent I – Ros Miskin

Today is the first Sunday in Lent.  In my sermon today I am going to explore the meaning of Lent. The first thought that comes into my head is that Lent is a time when we feel we should give something up that we like and in that period to ...

Sermon, Septuagesima, 5 February 2023 – Reverend Glen Ruffle

Our gospel reading today comes from the Sermon on the Mount, a foundational text of teaching for what it means to live life as a Christian. The verses we heard today break into three sections: First, the importance of Salt and Light; Second, the Law and the Prophets; and Third, ...

Sermon, Candlemas, Thursday 2 February – Luke 2:22-40 – Reverend Glen Ruffle

I’m sure you are all just itching to be a vicar. I can see it in your eyes well, when you finally get round to taking that step, I have some good news. Presuming you get selected, you then get offered a plethora of theological training institutions across the land ...

Sermon, Sunday 29 July 2023, the Wedding in Cana – Always the bride. Tessa Lang

1 Kings 17: v15. “And she went according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.” John 2: v5. “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” Welcome to the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany, when both our ...

Sermon, Sunday 22 January 2023, Epiphany III, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – the Reverend Glen Ruffle

It’s a game of two halves – and our gospel reading today definitely had two parts! The Kingdom of God, and the calling of the first disciples. In the latter, we have four names given to us: Simon Peter and Andrew, and then James and John, sons of Zebedee (not ...

Sermon, the Baptism of Christ, Sunday 8 January 2023 – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

Happy new year and if you are Orthodox, Merry Christmas to you! It is of course the Orthodox Christmas, though William was most disappointed to learn I have never seen the Orthodox practice that we are going to do today actually put into practice, even though I lived in an ...

Sermon, the Baptism of Christ, 8 January 2023 – the Reverend Glen Ruffle

Happy new year and if you are Orthodox, Merry Christmas to you! It is of course the Orthodox Christmas, though William was most disappointed to learn I have never seen the Orthodox practice that we are going to do today actually put into practice, even though I lived in an ...

Sermon, Christmas Day 2022 – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

An old man was sitting in his chair in Bethlehem when a young man walked up to him, with a notebook and pencil in hand. “What are you selling?” cried out the old man. “I’m not selling anything sir”, replied the young man. “I’m taking the census”. “The what?” said ...

Sermon, Midnight Mass, 24 December 2022 – the Vicar

It is midnight in Bethlehem. Tonight’s Gospel evokes Bethlehem’s hillsides. The angel of the Lord proclaimed to shepherds that their Saviour had been born. “This will be the sign. Ye will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel ...

Sermon, Advent IV, 18 December 2022 – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

I like to be organised, and wrote today’s sermon two weeks ago. I focused on Joseph. And then William and Joanna sent me the orders of service, mentioning that we celebrate Mary today. Thus this past week left me rewriting everything from scratch! But that’s great news, because I can ...

Sermon, 4 December 2022, Advent II – Ros Miskin

In today’s Gospel reading we learn of John the Baptist appearing in the wilderness of Judea, calling upon people to repent and be baptized by him, confessing their sins.  Yet when the Jewish leaders, known as the Pharisees, appear, John dismisses them in their attempt to be baptized by him.  ...

Sermon, Advent Sunday, 27 November 2022 – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

Well here we are on the first day of advent, yet we start at the beginning by talking about the end! I am standing here today largely because of “THE END TIMES”! I grew up in a home where there was great interest in the ‘signs of the times’, and ...

Sermon, Remembrance Sunday, 13 November 2022 – The Reverend Glen Ruffle

There is certainly a lot to remember this year, especially with the passing of HM the Queen, herself a war veteran, and the ascendency to the throne of King Charles III, who has experience in all three services. And it will be to the war in which the Queen served ...

Sermon, 20 November 2022 – Christ the King – Ros Miskin

The name we give to this particular Sunday is ‘Christ the King’.  This to affirm that, in spite of the mockery of Jesus by the religious leaders and soldiers that we find in today’s Gospel reading and the insult of the inscription ‘This is the King of the Jews’ over ...

Sermon, 16th October 2022, – Overcoming Unfavourable Times: Lessons in Tenacious Faith from an Importunate Widow and a Watchful Evangelist – Tessa Lang

From II Timothy 3: v. 14 “continue thou in the things which thou has learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them.” And from Luke 18: v.1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not ...

Sermon, Remembrance Sunday 13 November 2022 – Reverend Glen Ruffle

There is certainly a lot to remember this year, especially with the passing of HM the Queen, herself a war veteran, and the ascendency to the throne of King Charles III, who has experience in all three services. And it will be to the war in which the Queen served ...

Sermon, Sunday 6 November 2022 – Children of the Resurrection – Tessa Lang

From Job 19: 26 & 27 “yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another;” And From St. Luke 20: 36 “Neither can they die anymore: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children ...

Sermon, All Saints Sunday, 30 October 2022 – the Vicar

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions.” A story from my first year at university, when I was studying the Book of Daniel. In the room opposite mine a chap was hosting a Christian Union Bible Study. They were getting rather bogged ...

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