Sermons

Sermon: Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 16 July 2017, St John the Divine

Reading  Matthew 13.1-9 & 18-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   A bit of science to start off with: all living things are made up of cells. Some consist of just one cell – bacteria, for instance – but we human … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 9 July 2017, St Matthias

Reading  Matthew 11: 16-19 & 25-30 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   You may have heard of something called the Templeton Prize. It’s awarded every year to a person who, in the judges’ estimation, (and I quote) ‘has made an exceptional … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Readings  Genesis 22. 14, Matthew 10. 40-42 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac must be one of the darkest of all Bible stories and it has left deep imprints in both Judaism and Christianity.  Child sacrifice … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 28.5-9, Romans 6.12-end, Matthew 10.40-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Isn’t it great to welcome Justin today for his First Communion?  And I use the word ‘welcome’ deliberately, because it has always seemed to me more than a … Continue reading

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Trinity, 2 July 2017, St Matthias

Reading  Romans 6.12-23 Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   Rather than speak about our Gospel reading, I’m going to say a few words about the second passage that we heard, the one from Paul’s letter to the Romans. St Paul in … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday after Trinity, 25 June 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Jeremiah 20.7-13, Romans 6.1b-11, Matthew 10.24-39 Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   Imagine this scenario.  Yesterday Christianity was declared illegal. The government finally passed legislation declaring the Church of England a dangerous and subversive group, banning all members from holding … Continue reading

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Sermon: First Sunday after Trinity, 18 June 2017, St Mary Magdalene

Reading  Matthew 9.35-10.8  Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes   When I was pondering this sermon, I decided in the end to base it on three quotations. After all, it was Trinity Sunday last week, so the number three is in the … Continue reading

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Sermon: Corpus Christi, 15 June 2017, St John the Divine

Preacher  Revd Neil Summers I started wearing glasses at two and a half, long before the days of designer spectacles or contact lenses.  Some of you will remember those very attractive – not! – NHS round lenses, with frames in … Continue reading

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday, 11 June 2017, St John the Divine

Readings  Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-31, 2 Corinthians 13.11-end, Matthew 28.16-end Preacher  Revd Neil Summers   On Trinity Sunday we try to talk about God.  That is very difficult.  All our language about God is picture language.  The abstract language used by … Continue reading

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Sermon: Pentecost, 4 June 2017, St John the Divine

Preacher  Revd Alan Sykes First of all, a quotation from a writer you’ve never heard of. Actually, that’s a bit presumptuous of me. What I mean is that I’d never heard of him until a couple of months ago. His … Continue reading

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