The Kingdom: Grace and Mercy without limit

Whenever we hear Jesus say something like, “the Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to…” I think our ears should prick up. I almost want to say, “It`s time to put on your tin hat!”. Invariably this phrase is the pre-cursor to one of his parables; as we heard this morning. But the fundamental thing…

The soul that magnifies the Lord

A Patronal Festival is to some extent an opportunity to become `self-aware` as a congregation. Today we recall that we have a history…. there is a heritage behind our calling in this place and we remember the many faithful souls who have worshipped and served God here down the generations. But what`s always intrigued me…

Spirituality: Growing up in Christ

It`s quite fashionable in some places to think of St. Paul as being a bit obscure and difficult to understand; and sometimes the snippets of his letters that we hear Sunday by Sunday- if we don`t provide some context- only serve to confirm this view. But there are occasions when you simply can`t mistake what…

Prayer and the Persistent Outsider.

When Archbishop Robert Runcie was installed at Canterbury Cathedral, many years ago, he began his sermon with a parable. He said that he had had a dream; it was a dream of a Maze. In this dream, those on the outside of the maze found it easier to get to the heart of the maze…

Jesus walks on water… Get used to it!

I wonder if you remember the story of the calling of Saint Matthew? The thing which has always struck me, is that it`s astonishingly brief. It`s just one verse in fact: We`re told, “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector`s booth. `Follow me`, he told…

The Invitation: Bread in a deserted place

We have been living through strange and difficult times. But of course, you don`t need me to rehearse all of that; after all, opinions, predictions, fears and speculations are simply the `air that we breathe` these days. Of far more interest and significance, I would suggest, (and indeed our purpose today) is to hear something…

“Finding God, in the last place you want to be…”

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles…

“When all you can see are the weeds…”

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.…

What God is doing is all that really matters…

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me…

Keeping company with Christ

‘To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of…