Grief and a Changing Climate

Readings: Acts 2.14a,36–41, Luke 24.13–35   When I was on my ordination retreat back in 2015, the week I was to be made a deacon, I had a grace-filled experience of deep grief. The place we were staying in was a handsome old house, set deep in the beautiful Northumbrian[…]

Behind Locked Doors…

When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ (John 20:19) We have begun to understand something more[…]

A Brief Reflection on Coronavirus

This sermon was unusual as it became an interactive discussion about how we can respond locally to the Coronavirus pandemic, and was unprepared. The text below is an introductory section on making sense and responding to the situation in a Christian way.   Today’s sermon is going to be a[…]

Seeking the Kingdom: After the Windrush Debate

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 16th February 2020 Second Sunday before Lent During this service a child called Archie was baptized.   Jesus said, “Strive first for the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) In the name[…]

Aha! Now I get it!

A Sermon preached by Reverend Aaron Kennedy Feast of the Baptism of Jesus 12th January 2020 Isaiah 60.9-22; Hebrews 6.17 – 7.10   Aha! I see! I get it!, I said, as I sat upright in bed the morning sun streaming in through the window, bouncing off the white sheets[…]

What is God Calling St Mary’s To in the next Five Years?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Epiphany 2020 What is God Calling St Mary’s To Do in the Next Five Years? At the end of this sermon those present were asked to write down on a response sheet one thing that they are passionate about seeing come to pass[…]

And is it True?

A Sermon Preached on Christmas Day 2019 Canon Simon Butler Among the multitude of diversions from actually doing some work that social media offers, I subscribe to the Church Service Sheet Typos Facebook Page. Yes, I know, I should get a life. Some of the mistakes occur regularly, some of[…]

Are You the Messiah?

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 15th December 2019 Third Sunday of Advent Matthew 11:2-11 Jamal Kashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who was also a fierce critic of the Saudi Arabian government and especially of the Saudi monarchy. And because of death threats he received, he felt[…]

The Second Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist is very angry!

A Sermon Preached by Ms Leslie Spatt Sunday 8th December 2019 Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist is very angry! Something has certainly got under John’s skin to make him so angry with the Sadducees and Pharisees. Here they are, coming to join the hordes of people who have gone out[…]

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[…]