“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[…]


Readings: Genesis: 3. 1-14; John 1. 1-14   I want to tell you something about my childhood. I was privileged to grow up in the countryside. And there was a beautiful view from the back of our house when the sun set in a clear blue sky of a calm[…]

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler On the reopening of the Church for Public Worship after the Coronavirus Lockdown Sunday 5th July 2020 4 Come to [the Lord Jesus], a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built[…]

Restoration – Three reflections

Restoration – Three reflections   What will we find when we return from exile?                       Isaiah 49:8-13   When I say ‘restoration’, what do we think of?  The picture or furniture expert, whose job is to bring the object in question back to its original state of being? Removing the[…]

Resilience: 3 reflections

Over the next four Sundays we will be reflecting together on the 4 Rs of deep adaptation resilience, relinquish, restore and reconcile, which form Jem Bendell’s road map for navigating the unfolding climate tragedy we are in.   We will be using the 4 Rs – resilience, relinquish, restore and reconcile,[…]

75th Anniversary of VE Day

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler 10th May 2020 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ‘Greater love has no-one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Those familiar words from John’s Gospel are familiar to us from countless war memorials and graves from the[…]