Category: Sermons

The Lord’s Prayer: in heaven

There’s an episode of Open All Hours, where Arkwright looks up to the sky, and remarks in a philosophical tone, “93 million miles from here to the sun”, and Granville, sweeping with a worn out brush, replies, “aye, and that’s about how many miles this brush has done”. I don’t know about you, but my […]

The Wilderness

Matthew 4:1-11 “Time is Too slow for those who Wait, Too swift for those who Fear, Too long for those who Grieve, Too short for those who Rejoice, But for those who Love, Time is not.” Wrote Henry van Dyke. Matthew tells us that Jesus spent forty days and forty nights in the desert. Matthew […]

The Lord’s Prayer: cur Father

Matthew 23:1-9 Galatians 4:4-7 It has been said that the Lord’s Prayer begins controversially, because some are offended by addressing God as “Father”. We’ll come back to that in a moment, because I want to suggest that there’s far more offence caused by “our”. In the Lord’s Prayer we’re taught to pray, not as individuals, […]

The Lord’s Prayer

Luke 11 “Teach us to pray!” Jesus’ disciples asked him. Sadly, teaching anyone to pray isn’t like teaching someone how to change a wheel, or to bake a cake, or even how to do a fractional of liquid air. Being a Christian is not primarily learning a set of beliefs, belong to a volunteer organisation, […]

Salt and light

Matthew 5:13-16 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Isaiah 58:6-12 Doctors are, quite rightly, regularly telling us of the dangers of too much, and many of add far less salt to our food, and use far less salt in cooking. However, no one can live without salt. Sodium and chloride ions are a vital component of a halthly […]

Mystery and choice

Luke 2:22-40 If you love murder mysteries you’ve never had it so good. Currently Father Brown is doing another series, Endeavour is working his way through 1960s Oxford, Midsomer Murders are still finding more corpses, and Death in Paradise is on to its sixth series. If that’s not enough excitement, and if money is no […]

Generosity and gift

Luke 2:22-40 Is there anyone who hasn’t opened a birthday or Christmas present and hasn’t had a moment of disappointment when it wasn’t quite what you thought it would be? The story is told of the nine year old boy who one day saw what seemed like the perfect birthday present for his mother. He […]