Sermons

The Gerasene Man Freed

by Ros Miskin, Reader Readings: In today’s Gospel reading we learn of a man in the country of the Gerasenes who is trapped by demons within himself that cause him to live outside the city in the tombs. The demons have left him as an outcast without even the capacity ...

luke

So there he is, naked and beyond the pale.  In Mark’s Gospel narrative he even bruises himself as he has been robbed of his self-esteem.  He is an outcast whose identity has been eroded by demons to such an extent that he has even lost his real name.  It has ...

first sunday in trinity

So there he is, naked and beyond the pale.  In Mark’s Gospel narrative he even bruises himself as he has been robbed of his self-esteem.  He is an outcast whose identity has been eroded by demons to such an extent that he has even lost his real name.  It has ...

trinity I

So there he is, naked and beyond the pale.  In Mark’s Gospel narrative he even bruises himself as he has been robbed of his self-esteem.  He is an outcast whose identity has been eroded by demons to such an extent that he has even lost his real name.  It has ...

rogationsunday

Here at St Mark’s we have had the pleasure of hosting walking groups who come here to refresh themselves either during or at the end of their journey and this to my mind is a demonstration of Rogation practice.  Next month we will host groups walking for charity which brings ...

rogationsunday

Here at St Mark’s we have had the pleasure of hosting walking groups who come here to refresh themselves either during or at the end of their journey and this to my mind is a demonstration of Rogation practice.  Next month we will host groups walking for charity which brings ...

The Core Christian Commandmant, 19th May 2019

by the Revd Matt Harbage Readings: Acts 11.1-18; John 13.31-35 In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. I want to share with you a story about Martha. When I was living in Cambridge I was part of a small community which offered hospitality to people with ...

Patronal Festival of St Mark 2019 – Sunday 5th May

By the Revd Dr Ayla Lepine Readings: Acts 15.35-end;  Ephesians 4.7-16; Mark 13.5-13.  The Song of Solomon, a novel by the American writer Toni Morrison, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, concludes with the protagonist’s realisation that ‘If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.’ ...

Septuagesima: “Little Easter” – 17th February 2019

By the Revd Matt Harbage Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-10; 1 Corinthians 15.12-20; Luke 6.17-26. Today we begin a bit of a countdown. Septuagesima Sunday: derived from the Latin for 70, followed by next Sunday, Sexagesima  – 60, next Sunday 50 – We are counting down to Easter. Lent has not yet ...

Advent I – Revd Matt Harbage, 2nd December 2018

“When these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” It is a real privilege to be welcomed into this community especially at the very start of this liturgical new year. Advent is such a rich season: A time of ...

rosmiskinnovembersermon

Such a welcome into the house of God surely reflects the welcoming tone of Jesus as given in the New Testament.  In Matthew, chapter 11, Jesus encourages people to come to him for rest from heavy burdens and for their souls.  In Luke’s Gospel the disciples order people not to ...

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The light provided by restored vision is a gift indeed with many benefits but there is also the light of understanding which does not necessarily involve sight.  In today’s Gospel reading we learn that disciples James and John, even though they can see Jesus, have not fully understood who Jesus ...

dedication festival read more

Today we shall hallow above that 1962 installation, a roundel by Graham Jones in memory of Anne Griffiths, long-time, neighbour, pillar, churchwarden, flower-arranger friend. And how lovely that her family have been so much a part of this project. How dreadful is this place, Jacob says, this is none other ...

Marjorie Brown sermon continued

It brings home very powerfully the whole idea of how we are shaped by the way we are raised and taught. It also asks the question, what kind of wisdom do we live by? What is its source and its authority? How do we judge if it is really wisdom ...

Ros sermon continued

Yet in today’s Gospel reading John takes this search for proof a step further.  Even when the crowd have seen signs they do not perceive their full significance.  In the verses that precede today’s reading we learn that the crowd regarded the healing and feeding work of Jesus as signs ...

Pentecost 2018 St Mark’s  – William Gulliford 20 May 2018

Yesterday, Lady Jane Fellowes, sister of the late Diana, Princess of Wales read at the wedding of her nephew, Prince Harry, from King Solomon’s Song of Songs: Set me as a seal upon your heart, a seal upon your arm, love is as strong as death, passion as strong as ...

The Theology of the Land with a focus on Reconciliation

A keynote address by Dr. Clare Amos at the conference: ‘Homeland? Exploring the heritage of the Balfour Declaration’, 21st October 2017 There is a wonderful saying of Archbishop Michael Ramsey that I often find myself drawing on when I want to encourage lay people to believe that they, or should ...

Ros Miskin, Christian Unity, January 2017

“The theme of my sermon today is unity. I have chosen this theme as we are now in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which seeks to reconcile the pain of deep divisions affecting the unity of the church, following the many divisions in the history ...

Revd Dr Matthias Grebe, Remembrance Day,  November 2016

“The Battle of the Somme raged for 141 days. More than a million men were killed or wounded, making it one of the bloodiest battles in history. And this year marks the centenary of what has been seen as the beginning of modern all-arms warfare. As a German working as ...

Revd William Gulliford 16 October 2016 Trinity XXI 

“I’d like you to hold in your mind three fight- related images which are presented to us in today’s readings. First from today’s Old Testament reading the night time wrestling even between Jacob and the un-named man. Second, the picture from this morning’s Gospel reading of the importunate widow addressing ...

Revd William Gulliford, 22 May 2016, TheSunday after the Ascension

“And behold, I come quickly.” Rev 22: 12 . This Sunday after the Ascension is the opportunity to look back at the moment of Our Lord’s departure from the sight of his Disciples and the sending of His Spirit, on the Feast of Pentecost, which we mark next week, and which ...

The Feast of the Ascension St Mary’s Primrose Hill

“And he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven” . Ascension Day is a magnificent and triumphant celebration of Christ’s Kingship and enthronement in his proper place at the right hand of God the Father. Continue the reading     ...

Sermon for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Revd William Gulliford, 23 January 2016, Sermon for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Christchurch Eldon Road SW7 “Un membre du corps souffre-t-il? Tous les membres souffrent avec lui. Un membre est-il a l’honneur ? tous les membres se réjouissent avec lui. » Continue the reading ...

Revd William Gulliford, 20 December 2015 Advent IV Year C

Words repeated in chapter 2 of Luke’s Gospel, our Gospel of this year: “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  ...

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