16th Sunday of Trinity – Service of the Blessing of Pets

Isaiah 11. 1-9; Matthew 18:10-14    My first pet – my only pet to date, was called Bino, short for albino, since he was the one puppy in the litter with pure white Labrador fur. I loved him so much. He and I would go on daily walks together, he[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 6:10-24

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 22nd September 2019 Ephesians 6:10-24  Some of the best questions about faith come from people who are exploring it. So when someone this week asked me the question “What does ‘I renounce evil’ mean?”, I had to stop and think for a[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 5:21-6:9

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 15th September 2019 Ephesians 5:21-6:9   During this service two boys – Digby and Sebastian – were baptised.  In twenty-six years of ordained ministry I’ve managed to avoid having to preach on any of the Bible texts about wives and husbands. With[…]

St Mary’s Patronal Feast

Isaiah 61:10-11, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 1:46-55   It is fantastic to welcome Joshua and Charles into the family of faith today at their baptisms. We commit with their parents and godparents to pray for them and help them to take a full role eventually, in the life of the church,[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 5:3-20

Ephesians 5:3-20, Luke 14:1-14   And so we continue our journey through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. A journey in which our goal is to reach a place of better understanding about how to live out our faith in a 21st Century Britain which is the grip of Brexit fever,[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

A Sermon Preached by Ms Leslie Spatt Sunday 25th August 2019 Ephesians 4:17-5:2 We’ve been travelling through the letter to the Ephesians for this year’s summer season of sermons; an opportunity to go through one complete bit of the bible in much more depth than is normally possible during regular[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 4:1-16

Ephesians 4:1-16; Luke 12.49-56   As many of you will know, we are in the middle of series of sermons focussing on the letter to the Ephesians.   However there’s no way I can pass over such a provocative and challenging gospel reading, in which we have heard Jesus say[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 3:14-21

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 11th August 2019 Ephesians 3:14-21  During this service a child called Daisy was baptised. Last Sunday I met someone who had grown up in the Moravian tradition of Protestant Christianity. For those of you who haven’t heard of Moravians before they are[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 3:1-13

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 4th August 2019 Ephesians 3:1-13  During this service a child called Florence was baptised.   Here’s a question you probably weren’t expecting to be asked this morning: why on earth have you bothered to turn up? I mean, it’s a lovely day,[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 2:11-22

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 28th July 2019 Ephesians 2:11-22 preached shortly after the appointment of a new Prime Minister.  Someone asked me the other day why I had chosen Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians as a preaching series this summer. The answer to that question will,[…]

Ephesians Sermon Series: Ephesians 2:1-10

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 21st July 2019 Ephesians 2:1-10 What does the future hold? Perhaps more than ever in my lifetime, that question is less certain than ever. Maybe I’m over-stating the case – my early years were spent living in the shadow of the threat[…]

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[…]