2nd Sunday before Advent, The Quiet Garden sermon

Ancient marine creatures, living in our planet’s oldest oceans, used calcium carbonate from the seawater to create intricate and beautiful shells – homes for themselves. thousands of years later, we humans find some of them preserved as fossils. Think of the spiral of an ammonite, found on a seashore. But[…]

Remembrance Sunday 2019

A Sermon for Remembrance Sunday preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 10th November 2019 Matthew 5:1-11 Being a priest of a particular generation, I have found myself conducting the funerals of many men who fought in the two World Wars of the last century. One of the things that many[…]

Last Sunday after Trinity, Stewardship Sunday

1 Chronicles 29:1-9; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Luke 18:18-25   And so we have come to that time of year again in which as a church we review our financial giving, and decide if we should increase, decrease, begin, or cease, donating money to the work of St Mary’s,   It[…]

One World Week Service – Climate Changes Everything

Psalm 104; John 12.24-26   I don’t know about you, but I am into probably my 5th or 6th year of climate crisis overwhelm. For a number of years I invested much time signing online petitions, attending protest marches, and avidly following every twist and turn of, for example, fracking[…]

17th Sunday after Trinity

2 Kings 5:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19   How wonderful it is to have Malakhi baptised this morning. We spent some time together earlier in the week, and I can honestly say that he is a delightful boy. And like all babies, the thing that is perhaps most delightful[…]

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[…]