Exploring a Rule of Life 1: Pray

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler on the First Sunday of Lent 10th March 2019 A Rule of Life: Pray   Our Lent Sermon Series at St Mary’s is an exploration of a Rule – or Pattern – of Life, a structured way of living out the Christian faith,[…]

Sermon on the Second Sunday before Lent

Readings: Genesis 2.4b-9,15-25; Psalm 65; Revelation 4; Luke 8.22-25 Saturday before last a group of us met for a workshop on the subject of the Common Good. The idea has been around for a very long time, in the work of people like Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, various popes, and modern[…]

The Sermon on the Plain

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler The Third Sunday before Lent Luke 6:17-27 Sunday 10th February 2019 We’re all familiar with what is perhaps the most famous piece of Jesus’ teaching – the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. But, we’re less familiar with Luke’s similar teaching –[…]

Following God’s Call – Despite What Your Heart Sometimes Tells You

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler The Fourth Sunday before Lent Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Sunday 10th February 2019 A few days before this sermon was preached, a young man named Lejean Richards was stabbed to death in a nearby street, the second victim of knife[…]

Sermon on the 5th Sunday before Lent

We’ve had the Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted, and Rev, but not if all of them were combined together would you capture the true reality of life in the average parish in England. However, last year the BBC definitely had a convincing stab at deepening the TV vicar stereotype with[…]

Third Sunday of Epiphany, 20th January 2019

Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; 1 Corinthians 12.1-11; John 2.1-11   This is a really special day in the life of St Mary’s because today we will baptism Octavian and Phoebe welcoming them as new members of God’s Church. I can easily relate with the moment that their parents, family[…]

Choral Evensong, Baptism of Christ, 13th January 2019

Readings: Psalms 46, 47; Isaiah 55.1-11; Romans 6.1-11 Many of you will know that I recently began leading a meditation group which meets in the upper vestry early on Wednesday mornings. Meditation has had an important role in my life, even if I’m not as faithful a meditator as would[…]

Into Community, For Community…

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:21-22 One of the more interesting Facebook pages I follow is one called Battersea Pictures. Local people, in the main people who have lived in Battersea for many years or even all their[…]

Sermon 9th January 2019

The revelation of Jesus is for everyone!   So – have you already taken down your Christmas tree or are you planning to do this today??   Sadly, this is the closest a lot of people ever get to even noticing that there’s any sort of “extra” holiday much past[…]

Where the Hell is the Boy?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler The First Sunday of Christmas, 30th December 2018 Luke 2:41-52 During this service Mya Scanlon was baptised. Every day in Britain around 500 people are reported missing. 500 are reported missing every day. A few are abducted by a disturbed parent. An confused[…]

Noel, noel, Barney’s the King of Israel

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Midnight Mass Christmas 2018 I’ve got what might be a new word for you this evening. The word is mondegreen. Anyone heard that word before? A mondegreen is a mishearing or a misinterpretation of a phrase, especially from a poem or a song[…]