Trinity 14

Sermon preached by Dr Alistair Collen Older members of the congregation, like me, listening to the Gospel reading, may have experienced a ‘second-take’, when they heard that we should forgive “not seven times … but seventy-seven times”. Didn’t that used to be “seventy times seven” – i.e. 490 times? Are standards slipping – surely not? […]

Trinity 13

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   Dear Anna, the email began, this is hard to write, but what you did really hurt me. And I need to tell you that if we are to move on and to restore any sort of relationship…   I’m sure it was a hard email to write. […]

Trinity 12

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   It’s such a short journey from rock to stumbling block. A mere five verses, and Peter has gone from being blessed to being satanic, from being the recipient of divine revelation to being in league with the old tempter. And for what? All he’s done is protest […]

Trinity 11

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Who do people say that the Son of Man is? asks Jesus. For once it’s a question the disciples can answer: other times when Jesus asks them things they’re shown up to be obtuse, or slow to understand or seemingly incapable of seeing what’s before their eyes. Here, […]

Trinity 7

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews ‘Your kingdom come, on earth as in heaven’, we pray day by day, week by week. ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near’, proclaimed Jesus at the start of his ministry (Matt. 4.17). ‘You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom’ (Luke 22.30), […]

Easter 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews No one knows exactly where Emmaus is. There are a limited number of places it could be: draw a circle with Jerusalem at its centre and a 7 mile radius, and those are your options. It was, possibly, a village where a garrison was stationed. But its exact […]

Lent 5

Sermon preached by Emily Kempson In the Eastern Himalayas, the nard-plant grows. If you crush its roots and distil the sap, it creates a thick amber oil, called nard. It has a strong, raw, earthy smell. And like perfume, a little goes a long way; a few drops release a cloud of woody, smoky, sweet […]