Trinity 2

Sermon preached by Dr Philip Murray, ordinand In the Book of Common Prayer’s Order for the Visitation of the Sick we find these words:   ‘Here shall the sick person be moved to make a special confession of his sins, if he feel his conscience troubled with any weighty matter. After which confession, the Priest […]

Trinity 1

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In January of this year, for the first time since the invention of film, the cinema in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis opened on a Sunday. Star Wars: the Last Jedi brought to an end the strict sabbath observance characteristic of this island, where not so long […]

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 […]