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Sermon Archive

Why We Need the Bible

“Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope.” Do we need the Bible? That we need to take the Bible seriously is not self-evident in today’s world.  People nowadays tend to assume that we will find answers in what is new – the shiny…

How to Keep the Sabbath in Our Lives

Isaiah 58:9b-end                                  Luke 13:10-17 The common theme in today’s readings is the Sabbath.  The background is of course the fourth of the Ten Commandments.  This is actually a double commandment, to work, and to refrain from working: “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.  For six days you shall labour and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a…

What is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16                  Luke 12:32-40 What is “faith”? Well, it is partly about what we hold to be true. The definition in Hebrews 11:1 is famous: “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.”  Which may well be a description of what faith feels like when you are living it.  But it is not so helpful in…

Everyday Faith – Poetry

Talk on Poetry as part of All Saints’ Every Day Faith Series 7.8.19 7.30 Intro How do we live our ‘Everyday Faith’?  Let’s be honest!  It’s not easy.   I’m going to suggest to you that we live out our Everyday Faith by ‘giving our attention’ so that we can grow up both into our faith and also into our full stature as…

Everyday faith: Prayer

Prayer (I) BY GEORGE HERBERT Prayer: the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth, Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r, Reversèd thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear; Softness, and…

Housing the homeless: Project Sukkot

1st Sunday after Trinity (23.6.19): Housing the Homeless (Project Sukkot) Isaiah 65:1-9           Galatians 3:23-29              Luke 8: 26-39 Our gospel reading today tugs at the imagination.  It is hard not to wonder about this poor man – interestingly, we know the name of his torment, but not his own name – cast out from society, living alone among the tombs.  Whether we interpret…

Easter Day 2019

Luke 24:1-12 Today, on Easter Day, thousands of people around the world are being baptised at this very moment. Last night on Easter Eve, thousands more were confirmed. This morning tens of thousands of people will be sharing in communion for the first time. Today around one third of world’s population will break bread as one global family. The day of Jesus’…

What Difference does Easter Make?

Acts 9:1-6     Revelation 5:11-14                        John 21:1-9 In today’s gospel, as last week and the week before, we hear of a resurrection appearance.  How strange and evocative they are, these eye-witness accounts of an encounter with a deep mystery.  They seem to me to capture extraordinarily well what it feels like to be in relationship with God – the atmosphere, if you like,…

Lent 3 (Year C): Hambleton 9.15, Langham 11.00

Isaiah 55:1-9                       1 Corinthians 10:1-13                   Luke 13:1-19 I’ve always been fascinated by politics and current affairs, so it’s a rare day when I don’t listen to the news.  But this week, something unusual has happened: I’ve found myself switching off, because I couldn’t bear to listen. You might think I refer to Brexit – and I am as disappointed as most of…

Luke 13:1-9 – 24th March 2019

Two deeply troubling events are on everybody’s minds. People are looking for answers, explanations, comfort, hope. But when Jesus gives his verdict, it’s not the response they expect. Everyone is talking about Pilate’s brutal treatment of some Galileans and the collapse of a tower in Jerusalem. You may think that Jesus deals with these two deeply troubling events in an unkind and…

Lent 1 Luke 4:1-11

One of the most popular hobbies at the moment is researching your family tree. Massive amounts of information are now available online as well as in church and civic archives. And a popular TV programme has fuelled this national obsession. For a special birthday present you might pay for someone to have their DNA tested and a map of their ancestry produced.…

Everyday Faith: Money

Everyday Faith: Money Introduction Welcome. In a sense, the whole of the spiritual life is about learning to let God love us. I do not mean, as a mind-game, but in practical reality. We are so attached to looking after ourselves, keeping ourselves safe, fencing out the dangers of the world. But Jesus calls us to take down our defences – so…

Teaching Eucharist

Teaching Eucharist: 10 February 2019 (4th before Lent), All Saints’ Oakham Parish Communion Isaiah 6: 1-8 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 Luke 5: 1-11 Introduce 1st hymn, procession, then first talk • Introduce self. Welcome to all, especially newcomers. Hope you will stay for coffee. • Something different today. Todays’ teaching is focused on the Eucharist itself. And, for once in a year…