3 before Advent

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In the morning, I head off to North Wales on retreat. For the last couple of months, which have felt insanely busy, the prospect of time away has kept me going, a welcome promise of rest for a weary soul. Now that it’s tomorrow, I am feeling quite […]

All Saints’

Sermon preached by Angela Rayner, ordinand at Westcott House   Saint Paul, prior to his conversion persecuted Christians. Saint Moses, prior to baptism, was a leader of murderers and robbers who rampaged through Egypt. Saint Christina the Astonishing was a little unusual; after her conversion, she would throw herself into fiery furnaces and swim in […]

Last after Trinity

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews The church in which I was baptised and went to Sunday school had, behind the altar, the tables of the law: week by week the congregation stared at the 10 commandments, and they in turn told us what we should and shouldn’t do. The message at my grandparents’ […]

Trinity 19

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I wonder what thought processes you went through in coming to church this morning? Maybe a bit of planning ahead, or last minute rerouting, to get through the road closures in Cambridge today. If you’re new to Cambridge, maybe there was a decision to be made about which […]

Trinity 17

Sermon preached by Emily Kempson One month ago, I was sitting on a front porch in Virginia on a beautiful crisp fall day, drinking iced tea and catching up with an old friend. Elaine and I were chatting, swapping stories of recent life events, when she told me something that has stuck with me to […]

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 […]