Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 1:15-23

A Sermon Preached by Leslie Spatt Where is our identity? Ephesians 1:15-23   Whether this letter was actually written by St Paul or not – and there’s some scholarly opinion that it wasn’t – there’s no real doubt that Paul did preach in Ephesus and helped to build up the[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 1:1-14

It is great to be back with you all, after my two months of shared parental leave. Now as other parents or carers can testify, it wasn’t all a walk in the park, far from it, but we did begin this period of leave with a trip to visit family[…]

Trinity of Love

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Trinity Sunday 2019 16 June 2019 During this service a child, Freddie, was baptised Sometime it’s the ordinary things in life we take for granted. The small act of kindness, the passing conversation that turns out to be far more significant than we[…]

The Spirit of Encouragement

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Feast of Pentecost 2019 9th June 2019 John 14:8-17 Never begin a speech with an apology the experts tell you. Today I’m going to break that rule of public speaking. I want to apologise to those who were expecting to have the launch[…]

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you

Peace – now there’s a difficult word to define. Not a lot of it in evidence at the moment, we might rightly think. But what do we mean by “peace”?  It’s a word covering a complex range of meanings. And does it mean something different in everyday use compared to[…]

Simon, son of John, do you love me?

A Sermon Preached on the 3rd Sunday of Easter Sunday 5th May 2019 Canon Simon Butler John 21:15-19 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love[…]

Easter Day Sermon

Easter Day Sermon Sunday 21st April 2019 Canon Simon Butler Before the sermon began, a brief excerpt of a recording of the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris was played, following the extensive damage caused by fire on Monday 15th April 2019 In case you didn’t guess, that is the organ[…]

Exploring a Rule of Life 6: Give

We’re coming to the end of Lent as we look ahead to Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Perhaps for Lent you gave something up – or you took something up – or perhaps Lent felt like one thing too many this year, and adding a new habit or a self-denial[…]

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,[…]