Trinity 12

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews The nation is divided. Competing narratives emerge as people search the past and draw from it threads to weave a narrative that shapes both present and future. There’s an attempt to stamp out dissent, to centralise power, and to delegitimise opposition. Not...

Trinity 11

Two loves Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers…” (Hebrews 13:1). In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Three weeks ago I spoke to you about fear, and...

Trinity 10

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Heads turn as the woman shuffles towards the front of the synagogue. Bent over, she makes slow and painful progress towards Jesus. So used to being on the edges it is strange to be seen. Usually she is overlooked by those who...

Trinity 8

From Fear to Faith Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. There are two kinds of fear...

Trinity 7

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In this week’s headlines, Greenland’s ice sheet is at risk of a record melt, as the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing move north. A broken reservoir wall, battered during rainstorms, threatens the Derbyshire town below it. Ebola has reached the Congolese border...

Trinity 5

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I am very good at avoiding prayer. Over the years I have worked quite hard on this tendency, and have developed some good habits that help me resist it. But still I have to be alert to it. Even when I come...

St Benedict

“A life shaped by the Gospel” Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We have just heard sobering words. A ruler came to Jesus, asking, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”...

1st Sunday after Trinity

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews It was a humbled and questioning people who returned from exile in the first part of the sixth century BC. Decades earlier, their parents and grandparents had been uprooted by the Babylonians and carried off into captivity, leaving Jerusalem desolate, the holy...

Trinity Sunday

“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us.” Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano God grant us the grace to think worthily of him, to love him with purity and passion of heart, and may I speak In the name...

Pentecost

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In the reading from Acts, we hear the beginning of the first Christian sermon. Not so long ago Peter had retreated to the safety of an upper room behind locked doors, his denial of Jesus still so fresh in his mind his...

Easter 6

“During the night, Paul had a vision.” Sermon preached by the Rev’d Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Throughout this season of Easter, we spend a considerable amount of time reading through the Acts of the Apostles....

Easter 5

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Turn on the news, leaf through a newspaper, scroll through Twitter, and you will find plenty of evidence of division. Across the globe the rhetoric of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is growing stronger and more strident. Who the ‘us’ and the ‘them’ is...

Easter 4

Sermon preached by Christie Broom, ordinand at Ridley Hall What are you called to? This might feel like a scary question for this early point on a Sunday morning. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds the idea of ‘calling’ or ‘vocation’ quite intimidating. I’m an Ordinand,...

Easter 2

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews It’s a new week as the disciples huddle in the house where they’re staying in Jerusalem, the doors locked because the events of the previous week will not stay in the past, and there is still danger for those known to be...

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...

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...

The Sunday before Lent

“They were terrified when they entered the cloud.” Sermon preached by the Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano There are times in the year when we can stop and survey what’s coming ahead and what’s gone before, as if we are standing atop a high mountain, with a whole landscape stretching...

Candlemas

“He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap…” Sermon preached by the Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen  He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap… These words of Malachi the prophet, foretelling the sudden...

Epiphany 4

“The ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the Law…” Sermon preached by the Rev’d Dr Zachary Guiliano In the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit Epiphany. That’s the season we’re in right now, in the Church. Epiphany — a...

Epiphany

“They knelt down and paid him homage.” Sermon preached by the Rev’d Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. What does it mean to kneel down and pay homage? These are not commonplace words or experiences. I...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Advent II

“I am confident of this: that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Sermon preached by the Reverend Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen....

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...

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...

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’,...

All Saints

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. On Wednesday, in between some appointments in London, I managed a visit to the British Library’s exhibition...

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...