Lent 5

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews There is a safety that comes from being among friends. After the raising of Lazarus gives the Pharisees and chief priests the final evidence they need that Jesus is a threat who must be dealt with, Jesus and his disciples withdrew to Ephraim, in the wild hill country […]

Lent 4

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I have a clear memory of being lost as a child. I was about 8, and it was on the beach in Scarborough. I’d gone to paddle in the sea with one of my little sisters. It was summer, or at least what passed for summer with a […]

Christmas 1

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Each year at Midnight Mass, the figure of the baby Jesus is processed into church and placed in the crib scene, which is then blessed. The completion of the scene marks the arrival of Christmas with the nativity of our Lord. It’s a moment of solemnity and joy. […]

Christmas Day

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews The first person in the queue for the Christmas Eve Festival of Lessons and Carols at King’s apparently got there last Wednesday. Yesterday’s service, which marked its 100th anniversary, was listened to by tens of millions around the world. For many, the lone treble singing the first verse […]

Advent 4

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews When I was six I played the Angel Gabriel in my primary school’s nativity play. I like to think I was typecast because of my angelic disposition, though I fear it had rather more to do with having blonde hair and a decent reading ability. That was the […]

Advent 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   I started going to confession regularly when I was in my early 20s. Before then, I would have been utterly horrified at the prospect of saying out loud to someone else all the things I’d thought and said and done that I shouldn’t have, and all the […]

Christ the King

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Ever since Handel wrote it for George II in 1727, Zadok the Priest has been sung at the coronation of every British monarch. Drawing on the story of the anointing of Solomon in the First Book of Kings, the text itself, in some form or other, has been […]

2 before Advent

Sermon preached by Nick Quanrud, ordinand at Westcott House. Today’s gospel reading plunges us into a crucial moment in Mark’s account. In the next chapter the plot to kill Jesus begins in earnest, and when we look at what He’s said in the Temple it’s no wonder. In the previous chapter Jesus has committed a […]

Remembrance Sunday

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   100 years ago today, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Armistice came into effect and millions flocked into the streets to celebrate the end of the Great War, the ‘war to end all wars’, it was hoped. After 52 months […]

Stewardship

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   On either side of the main door to St Bene’t’s hang two large boards. Over time, their varnish has darkened such that they are now very hard to read, and I imagine most of us pass under them without giving them a further glance. They have hung […]

Dedication Festival

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In 1020, Cambridge existed on the edge of the marshy fen as an increasingly important trading port, the river giving it good links to the European mainland at a time when more than punts sailed through the town. Canute was on the throne, and memories of the earlier […]

Trinity 17

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   Staying with my sister and her family for a few days over the summer, something woke me early the first morning. As I opened my eyes, my niece’s face was inches from mine. She was patiently staring me awake. Once I’d opened my eyes, she dumped a […]

Trinity 16

Sermon preached by the Reverend Canon Richard Ames-Lewis Playing tennis with my 7 year old grandson Daniel the other day was rather hard going. He was terribly keen and very energetic. But his athleticism needed to be developed, his enthusiasm needed to be channelled and his eye needed to be trained. Much of the time […]

Trinity 15

            Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In last week’s gospel reading, Jesus got into an argument with the Pharisees over the Jewish purity laws, and his rather lax attitude towards them. And he walks straight out of that argument into Gentile territory. He’s looking for some peace and […]

Trinity 14

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. The prospect of becoming full time as the vicar here, which as a proposal has almost finished wending its way through the relevant diocesan processes, is making […]