Disturb us, Lord…

Heston’s last sermon at the Ascension was unscripted, so we can’t upload the text to this blog. However, the sermon ended with this poem by Francis Drake: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because weContinue reading “Disturb us, Lord…”

Violence and Hunger

A Sermon by Heston Groenewald There have been horrific headlines from Palestine this week. And tomorrow marks 100 years exactly since Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. It’s easy to feel pretty helpless as we read about all this… So this morning I’d like us to think about VIOLENCE. Violence is right atContinue reading “Violence and Hunger”

The kingdom of Heaven

A sermon by Margaret Offerman Nearly always when Christians gather to worship they say the lord’s prayer, with its  pledge to hallow the name of God and to will that his kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus had a poetic imagination.  When he wanted to convey the wonder of theContinue reading “The kingdom of Heaven”

A Place with no Outsiders or Believing the impossible

Isaiah 56:1-8 Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.  Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dryContinue reading “A Place with no Outsiders or Believing the impossible”

The Science & Theology of Creation

This year we have been observing the Season of Creation. We have talked about the world, we have considered humanity, made in God’s image, and today I want to give a thought to science. Too often when someone talks about the ‘theology of creation’ the conversation instantly moves to the supposed debate between sciene andContinue reading “The Science & Theology of Creation”

Paralympics in the season of Creation

There was story going round about three men who wanted to get into the Olympics but they hadn’t been able to get tickets. They came up with a plan to pose as athletes: the first man picked up a manhole-cover, tucked it under his arm and walks to the gate. “Corsini, Poland” he said, “Discus”,Continue reading “Paralympics in the season of Creation”

Mary Magdalene – a sermon by Margaret Offerman

Mary Magdalene, was one of Jesus’s most celebrated disciples, and the most important female disciple in the Jesus movement. Luke’s gospel in chapter 8 tells us: He made his way through towns and villages , preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve as well as certainContinue reading “Mary Magdalene – a sermon by Margaret Offerman”

Pentecost (and Songs of Praise)

Verses from Acts of the Apostles. Ch.2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, andContinue reading “Pentecost (and Songs of Praise)”

The Truth of the Ascension

On Ascension Day we had Bob Callahan from Inclusive Church come to preach.  He said lots of lovely things about the Church of the Ascension.  He also talked about the Chapel of the Ascension in Walsingham where in the plasterwork of the ceiling there is a cloud sculpted, and disappearing into the cloud are twoContinue reading “The Truth of the Ascension”

“Remember that you are (star)dust…” A sermon for Ash Wednesday 2012

I hope you will forgive a self-indulgent prologue to tonight’s sermon: I have had a difficult start to 2012. My Father-in-law died on the 2nd January, I was asked to take the funeral, which proved to be a great privilege, but also very time consuming, complicated and emotionally draining. Then at the start of thisContinue reading ““Remember that you are (star)dust…” A sermon for Ash Wednesday 2012”