Pentecost

Sermon preached by the Revd Anna Matthews After the crucifixion, the upper room in Jerusalem was a refuge, a place of hiding, of safety, a place for keeping the world out, with its political turmoil, its murderous plots, its ugliness. Scattered by the events of Good Friday, who knows...

Easter 7

“As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. This past Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension, when the Church remembers our Lord Jesus Christ’s exaltation...

Easter 5

Sermon preached by Angela Rayner, ordinand at Westcott House Have you ever sensed God calling you to act?  Was it immediate, as with St Philip and the direct instruction of the angel on the road?  Or, did it come through a slow alignment of people, time and place, as...

Easter 4

Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This past Tuesday, I was sitting in the choir at Ely Cathedral, about fifteen minutes before the beginning of Evening Prayer, and I found myself thinking over the...

Easter 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In the Orthodox church, the most common icon of the resurrection shows Christ trampling down the gates of hell, the chains of death and sin and all that ensnared humanity broken open, and the long-asleep dead emerging blinking into the light of...

Lent 5

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews ‘We wish to see Jesus,’ say the Greeks who approach Philip, and who thus fulfil the Pharisees’ alarm that ‘the whole world has gone after’ Jesus. And it’s no surprise that the Greeks’ curiosity has been piqued. Jesus’ reputation has been steadily...

Lent 1

Sermon preached by Emily Kempson   Today is the first Sunday of Lent, or as some would call it, Quadragesima Sunday. Quadragesima Sunday: a name like that tempts a scholar like me to dig into Latin word-origins and to reconstruct the history of Lent – especially with a Cambridge...

Ash Wednesday

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   She stands hunched against the expected blows, against the exultant looks of those enjoying her shame. Her hair covers her face and she is glad of its thin curtain which affords her a last shred of privacy. They can’t see her...

Next before Lent

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews What does God look like? In contrast to pagan society, where images of gods proliferated, decorating temples and adorning houses, the making of graven images is forbidden in Judaism. The temple in Jerusalem called on the work of skilled masons and deployed...

The Second Sunday before Lent

Sermon preached by the Rev’d Dr Zachary Guiliano Proverbs 8:1; Psalm 104:24-33; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14 What does it mean to believe in a Creator, to believe that the world is a creation? This is the question I’ve had rattling around in my mind in recent weeks. It’s been pressing on...

Epiphany 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Weddings can be wonderful, joyous, and stressful occasions. Nowadays there is a whole industry geared up to persuade the happy couple that their wedding day will be incomplete without whatever the latest fad is. Famous weddings will have their impact: I remember...

Epiphany 2

Sermon preached by the Reverend Rachel Blanchflower Some years ago, in my pre-children ballroom-dancing days, I was at a Ball… As I was waltzing, I noticed someone familiar whom I thought I had not seen in many months.  In the same moment I saw her, she saw me and...

Christmas 1

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews After all the frenzied preparations of December, it’s over. The presents have been unwrapped; the leftovers are dwindling in the fridge; we are almost glad it’s now possible to eat something other than Christmas cake for every meal. The only chocolates left...

Christmas Day

Sermon preached by Dr Alistair Collen, LLM Several weeks ago I overheard someone remark that every year, his mother would say of Christmas: “Don’t worry, dear, I’m sure we’ll all manage to get through it.” Initially, I heard this as an ironic comment aimed at the despair we can...

Midnight Mass

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews This year’s Vatican nativity scene has caused something of a stir. Alongside the traditional, expected figures of the holy family, the angel and the shepherds is a host of other characters. Italian nativity scenes, or presepi, are often elaborate, situating the holy...

Advent 4

Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Zachary Guiliano 2 Sam. 7.1-11, 16; Rom. 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38 Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva. These Latin words open a famous 15th-century carol setting of our Gospel reading today. It’s often been set to music in the past 100 years, but it...

Advent 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I have a habit – a not entirely good habit – when people come round or come to stay, of tidying up in such a way that I give the impression that my house is always in a pristine state; that sheets...

Advent 2

Sermon preached by the Reverend Canon Richard Ames-Lewis The season of Advent is many things. It’s preparation, it’s expectation, it’s waiting, it’s longing. For example, my six year-old grandson Daniel is both prepared and expectant. He has had his letter to Father Christmas written and ready since at least...

Advent Sunday

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews When I was little I was afraid of the dark. The fear could be somewhat allayed by checking under the bed before I got in it, and by leaving the door open so that the reassuring light from the landing could get...

Christ the King

Sermon for the baptism of Thomas, preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews We have arrived at the climax of the liturgical year. From the expectancy of Advent which looked for the coming of the promised Saviour, through the birth of a baby in Bethlehem, royal David’s city, to whom...