Sermons

Aha! Now I get it!

A Sermon preached by Reverend Aaron Kennedy Feast of the Baptism of Jesus 12th January 2020 Isaiah 60.9-22; Hebrews 6.17 – 7.10   Aha! I see! I get it!, I said, as I sat upright in bed the morning sun streaming in through the window, bouncing off the white sheets[…]

What is God Calling St Mary’s To in the next Five Years?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Epiphany 2020 What is God Calling St Mary’s To Do in the Next Five Years? At the end of this sermon those present were asked to write down on a response sheet one thing that they are passionate about seeing come to pass[…]

And is it True?

A Sermon Preached on Christmas Day 2019 Canon Simon Butler Among the multitude of diversions from actually doing some work that social media offers, I subscribe to the Church Service Sheet Typos Facebook Page. Yes, I know, I should get a life. Some of the mistakes occur regularly, some of[…]

Are You the Messiah?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 15th December 2019 Third Sunday of Advent Matthew 11:2-11 Jamal Kashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who was also a fierce critic of the Saudi Arabian government and especially of the Saudi monarchy. And because of death threats he received, he felt[…]

The Second Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist is very angry!

A Sermon Preached by Ms Leslie Spatt Sunday 8th December 2019 Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist is very angry! Something has certainly got under John’s skin to make him so angry with the Sadducees and Pharisees. Here they are, coming to join the hordes of people who have gone out[…]

2nd Sunday before Advent, The Quiet Garden sermon

Ancient marine creatures, living in our planet’s oldest oceans, used calcium carbonate from the seawater to create intricate and beautiful shells – homes for themselves. thousands of years later, we humans find some of them preserved as fossils. Think of the spiral of an ammonite, found on a seashore. But[…]

Remembrance Sunday 2019

A Sermon for Remembrance Sunday preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 10th November 2019 Matthew 5:1-11 Being a priest of a particular generation, I have found myself conducting the funerals of many men who fought in the two World Wars of the last century. One of the things that many[…]

Last Sunday after Trinity, Stewardship Sunday

1 Chronicles 29:1-9; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Luke 18:18-25   And so we have come to that time of year again in which as a church we review our financial giving, and decide if we should increase, decrease, begin, or cease, donating money to the work of St Mary’s,   It[…]

One World Week Service – Climate Changes Everything

Psalm 104; John 12.24-26   I don’t know about you, but I am into probably my 5th or 6th year of climate crisis overwhelm. For a number of years I invested much time signing online petitions, attending protest marches, and avidly following every twist and turn of, for example, fracking[…]

17th Sunday after Trinity

2 Kings 5:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19   How wonderful it is to have Malakhi baptised this morning. We spent some time together earlier in the week, and I can honestly say that he is a delightful boy. And like all babies, the thing that is perhaps most delightful[…]

16th Sunday of Trinity – Service of the Blessing of Pets

Isaiah 11. 1-9; Matthew 18:10-14    My first pet – my only pet to date, was called Bino, short for albino, since he was the one puppy in the litter with pure white Labrador fur. I loved him so much. He and I would go on daily walks together, he[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 6:10-24

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 22nd September 2019 Ephesians 6:10-24  Some of the best questions about faith come from people who are exploring it. So when someone this week asked me the question “What does ‘I renounce evil’ mean?”, I had to stop and think for a[…]