Sunday Sermons

Epiphany 2020

Since the 12th January we have started our celebration of Epiphany and the role of the Magi in the nativity story. And as soon as I mention the Magi, the Wise Men, the Kings who visited Jesus as a baby we will create a picture in our minds of 3 kings robed and probably wearing crowns and no doubt holding small packages representing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

It is perfectly natural that we will have this picture in our minds in association with the kings, the Magi, but it is of course a completely unfounded image. Continue reading “Epiphany 2020”

Sunday Sermons

A Shared Harvest

At the heart of a Christian attitude towards life is a sense of community. For the second commandment after loving your Creator is this .. Love Your Neighbour!! It is impossible to be fully human without interaction!

This need not be an abstract idea or a theological statement. This is not simply a teaching from the Bible but a reality of life … and no more so than in the season of Harvest. Continue reading “A Shared Harvest”

Sunday Sermons

Pentecost:Peace not Chaos!

At Pentecost we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit amongst God’s people. It is worth recalling, however, that this is not the first time we hear of, or encounter, the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Whilst Pentecost is sometimes seen as the birth of the Church, it does not signify the birth of the Holy Spirit. The collective accounts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible remind us that above all else the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Peace! Continue reading “Pentecost:Peace not Chaos!”

Sunday Sermons

Easter Sunday 2019

On Maundy Thursday I spoke about a Tale of 2 Gardens in relation to the Bible. They were the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. These 2 Gardens held within them the message of human disobedience and of human obedience. These 2 Gardens continue to speak to us of the choices we make to either follow our own will or to follow God’s Will. The first Adam choosing to disobey and to follow the path of self-interest .. the second Adam , that is Jesus, choosing to obey and to follow the path of self-sacrifice. A path which lead to death and to being laid in a Tomb!

I want to take you to a 3rd Garden for Easter. It is the garden in which that Tomb had been hewn into the rock by a man from Arimathea! Continue reading “Easter Sunday 2019”