Category: Sermons

Building with the Lord

Joel 2:21-29 Luke 4:14-21 145 years ago our ancestors laid the foundation stone of this edifice. The fourth building we’ve occupied, and one designed and located to tell the world that we’re a true church with a permanent presence. There can be a tendency on a Church Anniversary to think quite specifically about our building, […]

Why are we here?

Matthew 28:16-20 Last year I said that I hoped this would be our last Church Anniversary, not because we’d have closed, but because I hoped we might have united with Farnham Methodist Church, and become one new church. If only we’d been able to hold our Church meeting a few weeks ago, I might have […]

Changing your mind?

Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 4:18-22 Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Often the message of preachers is that we need to be firm in our faith, strong in our belief, and sure of where we stand what we believe. Popular culture, also, is against changing your mind. You may think today’s newspapers are bad, but […]

Joining in with God

Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 Driving in Florence turned out to be a little traumatic. We’d taken the Eurostar to Paris, dined well, and caught the overnight sleeper to Florence. Sleeper was a little bit too optimistic a description for that experience. We were frightened of oversleeping and ending up in Rome, […]

The Presence of God

Exodus 3:1-6 You might be forgiven for thinking that Moses and the burning bush was something dreamed up by J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter to investigate, but the burning bush is nothing to do with magic because it’s about mystery. God, of course, is the ultimate mystery, the glory that is almost beyond our imagination, […]

Silver spoons

Romans 9:1-5 I used to envy those who appeared to have been born with silver spoons in their mouths. They had everything going for them, they didn’t want for anything, and their life-style always seemed to me to be exotic and sophisticated. But as I’ve grown older I’ve discovered that such people are no happier […]

Charging our batteries

Matthew 14:13-21 It was a miniature golf course, on a brutally hot day, when I saw a father on his own with three children. “Who’s winning?” I asked cheerfully. “I am” said one child. “No, I am” said another. “No,” the father said “their mother is!” There comes a time, I think, when most people […]