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[…]

“In their lives the buds of blessing flower”

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler The Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday 23rd December 2018 During this service, Revd. Aaron Kennedy baptised his son, Gabriel   When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a[…]

He’s Still King

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Feast of Christ the King Sunday 25th November 2018 Three Children were baptised during this service. “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from[…]

Sermon Preached at the Borough Remembrance Service 2018

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Remembrance Sunday & Centenary of the Armistice Sunday 11th November 2018 The picture on the front of your order of service today was one I took myself during our church pilgrimage visit to Flanders in the late spring. Graves at Tyne Cot War[…]

Remembrance Sunday: A Flanders Story by Sarah Macnab

A Flanders Story Prepared by Sarah Macnab for the Centenary Armistice Service 11th November 2018 The summer of 1914 was, by all accounts, a gloriously warm one, perhaps just like this year. My great-uncle, Alec Scott, had finished his final exams at Oxford. He and three friends had hired a[…]