Category Archives: Sermons

Love is stronger than death: Remembrance Sunday

Looking through hymns for Remembrance Sunday, and also readings and prayers, a common theme emerges. The imploring is for war to cease, looking forward to a time when peace will reign and there will be an end to fighting, to … Continue reading

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Foundations of nation-building

Yesterday our church calendar remembered Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons in the ninth century. There is so much more to Alfred and his dynasty than burning cakes and raids on Danish occupying forces from the marshes. Alfred … Continue reading

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Through the Arched Window: People, Prayer and Proclaiming Saving Love

My return from Sabbatical has been somewhat bumpy. I had hoped for a gentle re-entry but with footballs through stained glass windows at St John’s and then a gargoyle falling from the church tower punching a hole in the roof, … Continue reading

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The flourishing of grace

We have two stories of healing this morning and both involve foreigners – people from nearby countries, viewed at best with suspicion and often with open hostility. Both, though, turn out to play key roles in the unfolding events and … Continue reading

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Prayer for a city centre church – Patronal Festival Sermon

Over the past few years I have written a number of prayers for various special occasions and moments when something specific has been needed – moments of celebration, moments of public grief, anniversaries and to accompany events or reflect significant … Continue reading

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Hands across divides – Sermon as a Muslim Mayor Installed in a Christian Cathedral

There is something remarkable taking place today, which has almost escaped notice. Not this civic service; that happens every year. Not even that this year our Mayor is a Muslim and taking his seat in a Christian cathedral; we have … Continue reading

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Lord’s Prayer at Pentecost: Pope Francis – Do not let us fall into temptation

You may have noticed in this news this week that Pope Francis has bravely stepped into one of the most treasured prayers in the Christian faith. He has suggested a different translation for ‘Lead us not into temptation’ in the … Continue reading

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