All Saints

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.’ 10 days ago I was in Bosnia. Just outside Srebrenica, where the worst genocide...

Last Sunday after Trinity

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom.”  Sermon preached by the Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Every one of us leads life between two poles: our birth...

Trinity 18

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I wonder if you’ve ever felt like you’ve fought with God? It might seem a brave or foolhardy thing to take on the Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and challenge him to a wrestling match, but there are times...

Dedication Festival

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews You can perhaps judge my desire to reach the end of the building works here by the fact that my attention was immediately caught in the Gospel reading not by the cleansing of the temple, nor by Jesus’ foretelling of his death...

Michaelmas

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In the Bible, angels appear right from the early chapters of Genesis. It’s fiery cherubim who guard the way back into Eden once Adam and Eve have been expelled. A bit later on, three angels appear to Abraham and turn his world...

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...