Peter & Paul – a sermon by Margaret Offerman

Today we’re celebrating the lives of Peter and Paul, towering figures in  the life of the early Christian church. Peter features in all four gospels and so we know far more about his personal life and circumstances than we do about Paul. He was known as Simon when he heard  Jesus calling him to beContinue reading “Peter & Paul – a sermon by Margaret Offerman”

The Story of Hagar Genesis 21.8-21

Our first reading this morning is a challenging one; it reveals one of the skeletons in the cupboard of the Judaeo-Christian tradition; but to fully understand the challenge we need a little background information. The story concerns Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.  I was tempted to try and make the story more accessible and arouse yourContinue reading “The Story of Hagar Genesis 21.8-21”

The Mystery of the Holy Trinity fully explained

A sermon for Trinity Sunday   The Trinity were planning a holiday. The Spirit, manifesting the creative part of the divine nature, was coming up with the ideas. “Let’s go to Los Angeles,” the Spirit suggested.“No, no, no,” said the Father, “They’re all so liberated, they’ll spend the whole time calling me ‘Mother’ and theyContinue reading “The Mystery of the Holy Trinity fully explained”

Pentecost – a sermon not THAT good

Acts 2.14-21 The Vicar was saying goodbye to folks at the door after the service.  A woman said, “Vicar, that was a marvellous sermon.” The Vicar said, “Oh, I have to give the credit to the Holy Spirit.” “It wasn’t THAT good!” she replied. Today we are thinking about the Holy Spirit, and as weContinue reading “Pentecost – a sermon not THAT good”

Acts of the Apostles – a sermon by Margaret Offerman

We have a welcome exposure to the Acts of the Apostles in the weeks after Easter and then they disappear from the lectionary for another year, like an aged uncle invited for Christmas dinner and then given a lift back home.  But it deserves  to be more frequently read at main services.  It  contains theContinue reading “Acts of the Apostles – a sermon by Margaret Offerman”