Psalms of Disorientation: Psalm 13

To the leader. A Psalm of David.  1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted[…]

God in the Mess

Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Midnight Mass 24th December 2020 It was Christmas several years ago, and a clergy colleague was hoping to counter all the commercial Christmas frenzy swirling about his children, and to teach them what the season was all about. So he sat down at the[…]

Comfort ye, Comfort ye, my People

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 6th December 2020 Advent 2  Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem (Isaiah 40:2) Sometimes a sermon is there just to capture a mood and a moment and this seems like one of those occasions. The biblical texts point us to a response from[…]

Hope Does Not Disappoint

A Sermon for Remembrance Sunday preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 8th November 2020 Romans 5:1-11 Many of us for whom Remembrance Sunday is an important annual observance will have been marking significant anniversaries in the past few years. 2018 saw the centenary of the Armistice; 2019 saw the centenary[…]

Saints, Spirituals & Struggle

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler All Saints’ Day 1st November 2021   On this first Sunday of the month, as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, I have given the service a theme: Saints, Spirituals & Struggle. In our worship today, which is perhaps a little more[…]

“Do not Worry?” You Must Be Joking??

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 27th September 2020 Luke 12:16-30 During this service twins Felix and Austin were baptised. On Wednesday mornings now we are studying the Bible passage for the coming Sunday. So, since Wednesday I’ve been thinking about two things Jesus said, “Do not worry.”[…]

The last shall be first, and the first shall be last

Readings: Philippians 1.21–30, Matthew 20.1–16 Picture the scene. In a television advertisement two little girls sit opposite a wealthy businessman in a suit, who asks them both what in the whole wide world they want. They can have whatever their hearts desire, they need only ask. After some deliberation, and[…]

Losing to Gain: The Way of Love

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 30th August 2020 Matthew 16:21-18 I read a book last week about a friend called Jayne. Jayne is a big character – a tall, striking woman, a big personality, a high-achiever with a glittering early career. She moved from a Cambridge Maths[…]

But Who Do You Say That I Am?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 23rd August 2020 Matthew 16: 13-20 “But who do you say that I am?” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let me give you some of the answers I’ve heard or read:[…]

Loaves and fishes – the ultimate bring and share lunch?

The’ feeding of the 5000’ phrase is often used to describe either a criticism of the amount of food produced for an occasion – possibly wastefully –  or a comment on the generosity of the host. Or, as my mother frequently said, ‘if you can see the table, there isn’t enough food on it’ !

A many-sided mystery

Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52   As I read through our Gospel passage at the weekly Zoom bible study on Wednesday morning, the line that struck me most, that left an impression on me, was when Jesus says, “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”   As I reflected on[…]

Planting & Patience

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 19th July 2020 Matthew 13:24-30 I’m sure several us have embarked on lockdown projects. Perhaps a room has been decorated, maybe a novel has been read, possibly a skill has been gained. For us at the Vicarage, it has been the garden[…]