Trinity 18 2019 ~ John Henry Newman

2 Tim 3:14-4:5 – Luke 18:1-8 How do you pray? – How do you pray? According to an official Church of England press release this week, Church of England prayer apps were used more than five million times over the last year as a record number of people sought Christian contemplation and reflection online. Apps allowing users to pray the … Read More

Jackie’s Harvest Farewell

All the food you have brought – thank you so much. It is all going to the North Enfield Foodbank. Imagine mixing it all together – opening all those tins and packets and putting it in one great food mixer/processor. It would be terrible. And each item on its own is fine, but one tin of beans doesn’t add up to, … Read More

Trinity 15 2019 ~ The (dis)honest Steward

The parable of the Dishonest Steward, as we might call him, is one of the most unusual: but this story of a debt collector who, seeing the writing on the wall, is generous to those who owe money in order to feather a nest for himself when he gets fired, actually makes more sense in today’s culture than in Jesus’ … Read More

Trinity 13 2019 – Rage and Loss

Did you recognize what Jonathan played just now? Sometime between 1795-98 Ludwig van Beethoven write a whimsical piano piece called “The rage over a lost penny”. Or, in eurospeaek: Die Wut über den verlorenen Groschen, ausgetobt in einer Caprice. It’s a bit of a showpiece, and perhaps uncharacteristically of its composer, it is not really angry, resentful or despairing in … Read More

Moulding our children’s future ~ Baptism and Brexit clay

Rough notes for the sermon: The Xian dichotomy: And what is a Christian? A Christian is someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, who believes that there is always hope for the world, hope for communities and hope for us all, in this world and the next. And with this salvation, and this hope come Christian values, many of … Read More

Climbing the ladder of success

Lk 14: 1,7-14 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. An American monk once said something we may not really want to hear, but we can immediately connect with, the uncomfortable truth about Jesus’ teaching in our gospel today. Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only … Read More

Organ Blessing by Bishop Rob

2019-07-21 choral evensong with Bishop Rob Wickham

On Sunday 21 July Bishop Rob Wickham came to bless our newly restored organ. Below is a video of the blessing which intersperses the hymn When in our music God is glorified – lyrics written by Fred Pratt Green to the tune ENGELBURG:

Trinity 7 ~ Notes for a Baptism Sermon

I’m thinking of all those poor people in the village of Whaley Bridge I know it quite well…. They have had to move out – not able to return to their homes – everything they have is there, including pets. If the dam breaks, everything will be washed away or submerged in an instant. It’s happened before – the nearby … Read More

“Lord, teach us to pray”

Sorry there is no audio for this sermon Luke 11:1-13 “Lord, teach us to pray” Words from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Amen. Prayer is not only at the heart of the Christian life; it is also at the heart of a lot of Christian frustration, misunderstanding, and even pain. How do we pray? How does God answer prayer? … Read More

Patronal Festival 2019 ~ Moonstruck Mary Magdalene

I wonder if Mary Magdalene ever looked into the night sky and wondered about that white blob we now call the moon? She, whom some scholars have taken to be some kind of lunatic – someone from whom seven kinds of demon were cast out. The word lunatic comes from the idea that someone who was mad, was somehow affected … Read More

Following Christ’s route of ministry ~ Trinity 3 2019

Allegedly in the 1980s you could go to the bus station in Istanbul and catch a red double-decker bus to Beijing. That’s over 4000 miles, and it took several weeks. Quite an adventure though – through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and the steppes of Central Asia. Or perhaps it simply isn’t true, no matter how much we might want it to … Read More

Trinity 2 ~ Follow Me!

Luke 9.51-62 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. We are familiar with the concept of being a follower. Men and women follow football teams; or politicians. Bands, film stars, soap operas and even shops have their followers. Most people have heroes whom they follow. Christians over the centuries have become ‘followers’ of … Read More

Trinity Sunday 2019

Well, we’ve arrived – we have reached the destination of Trinity Sunday! As summer approaches – so we’re told! – we arrive at the theological and liturgical summit of Trinity Sunday, from which we look back at the receding Easter season, which has culminated with Ascensiontide and Pentecost, but we also see ahead. The grass may not be greener on … Read More

Easter 6 ~ The Old and New Jerusalem

Welcome to the New Jerusalem! We are not in the Middle East, 14 miles north-west of the Dead Sea and 33 miles east of the Mediterranean, 2500 feet above sea level on the five hills that define the mile and a half wide city. But rather we are in the heavenly city – the holy city Jerusalem coming down out … Read More

Easter 4 ~ GPS God’s Positioning System

How do we find our way around today? How does this compare with the past (and not too distant past either!)? The Rev’d Dr Gordon Giles looks at the way we find our way today. This sermon was preached during a Family Service and is available in audio only. Please excuse the quality at the beginning of the audio The … Read More

Easter 3 ~ Peter and the pleasures of the table

John 21:1-19 The eighteenth-century French Philosopher Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1828), wrote a treatise called La Physiologie de goût which is known in English as ‘The Philosopher in the Kitchen’. He writes this: “The pleasure of eating is the actual and direct sensation of a need being satisfied. The pleasures of the table are considered sensations born of the various circumstances of … Read More

Maundy Thursday 2019

High up on the southern facade of St Paul’s Cathedral is the statue of a phoenix rising from the ashes, a symbol of resurrection. Christopher Wren had it put there after it was recovered from the ashes of the cathedral destroyed by the Great Fire of London in September 1666. Underneath it the word ‘resurgam’ (‘I rise’), makes Wren’s rebuilding … Read More

Transfiguration and Time Warps

One of last Christmas’ bestsellers was the posthumously published book of Professor Stephen Hawking’s final thoughts on various matters. Stephen Hawking was undoubtedly one of the greatest – and most famous – and most distinctive – of scientists of our age, and his books sell very well. How many people get through them is another matter – but I am … Read More

Baptism sermon

Hello! Well today is a very happy occasion! We have gathered to celebrate the baptism of a baby, with her parents, her grandparents, her Godparents and all her family and friends; and it’s a real delight for the Church to celebrate with you all! In baptism we aim to give children the best spiritual start in life that we can. … Read More

Why do people go to church?

Is it because it’s their Tradition, is it for the Eucharist? Is it the Music? Is it to hear the Word? Is it to learn more about God? Is it to worship God with the family of God? Is it the Sermon? Is it meeting together as the Body of Christ? Is it to give thanks and praise for Jesus … Read More