Sermons

Sermons

Exploring a Rule of Life 5: Service

So, this is the fifth week of Lent, and it is the fifth week of our series of talks on the rule of life. We’ve had pray, read, learn, and tell, and this week we are looking at serve. Service. Hmmm. As approached this subject I had three main concerns,[…]

Exploring a Rule of Life 4: Tell

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler on the Fourth Sunday of Lent 31st March 2019 A Rule of Life: Tell  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, which[…]

Exploring a Rule of Life 3: Learn

A Sermon Preached by Leslie Spatt on the Third Sunday of Lent 24th March 2019 How do we learn and what do we do with it? (Rule of Life: Learn) I wonder how much any of us remember from all the stuff we learned at school? And if we don’t[…]

Exploring a Rule of Life 2: Read

Luke 4:1-13; 2 Timothy 3:10-17; Psalm 119:97-104    So, this week, is the second in our rhythm of life series and having looked at pray, we are now going to consider read, before moving on to learn, tell, serve, and give. A key aspect of Christian life is the Bible,[…]

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[…]