Is the Messiah a priest or king, and whose son is he?

Is the Messiah a priest or king, and whose son is he? Matthew 22.34–46 So near and so far, it was almost touching distance, only twenty nine thousanths of a second and he would have won the formula one race. I am amazed in sport at just how small the difference is between winning and coming second. But that is … Read More

Who was Luke and what was his message?

Who was Luke and what was his message? Luke 10: 1-9 According to the web site Britannica.com Luke flourished in the 1st century CE, and his feast day is celebrated today, October 18. Christian tradition has it that he is the author of the Gospel and Acts; he was a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of … Read More

‘Thanks be to God for all his indescribable gifts!’

‘Thanks be to God for all his indescribable gifts!’ + Not so many years ago, when we visited the greengrocers, we would find, a small assortment of locally grown produce, various root and leaf vegetables, a selection of apples, pears, and possibly some plums. The vegetables tended to be those which you could grow in the garden, greenhouse or on … Read More

Trinity 17: Whose vineyard is it?

Whose vineyard is it? Matthew 21: 33-46 In this time of uncertainty, entirely due to the corona virus, I have been thinking seriously about my own mortality and my last will and testimony. Do I name the grandchildren individually or do I let their parents’ sort out what each should receive? I remember my own great grandma and our conversations … Read More

Where does the authority lie?

Where does the authority lie? Matthew 21: 23-32 Authority issues. Have you ever known anyone with authority issues? Authority is the theme running throughout today’s gospel. The chief priests and elders take issue with Jesus’ authority. The two sons challenge their father’s authority. They’re not the only ones with authority issues. And yes, I’m talking about you. I’m talking about … Read More

A third look at forgiveness

A third look at forgiveness Matthew 20: 1-16 What, in a word or two, is the parable of the labourers in the vineyard about? What would you say? If you are anything like me you could re-read this parable a couple of times and come up with a slightly different angle on it, depending on the word or phrase you … Read More

“Lord. how often should I forgive?”

“Lord. how often should I forgive?” Matt 18: 21-35 Many of you will remember that Malcolm and I took an extended trip to the southern hemisphere last year. We took a trip on a catamaran around the coast, the Abel Tasman National Park day tour. On the return part of the cruise we struck up a conversation with a really … Read More

We have a blue print for dealing with conflict.

We have a blue print for dealing with conflict. Matthew 18:15-20 During the past five months we have all, to some extent, been under stress and enforced family isolation. I wonder how many arguments have exploded and then been resolved, or not. Sometimes the smallest slight can escalate and cause deep wounds. Churches are not immune from misunderstandings and careless … Read More

They had his name right but his identity wrong.

They had his name right but his identity wrong. Matthew 16.21-28 Peter seemed to have had a problem with Jesus, just who is he? He had been teaching, healing and involved in conflict with religious leaders for some time. Crowds had been coming out to see Him, and Jesus was the hot topic of conversation. He was a first-century celebrity. … Read More

Trinity 11: Revelation and Responsibility

Revelation and Responsibility Matthew 16.13-20 This week we are joined by Bishop Rob Wickham via video. There is no text for this sermon. The Rt. Rev’d Rob Wickham, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 23/08/2020

Testing the waters of faith

Testing the waters of faith Matthew 14.22-33 Testing the waters of faith. Amen. As the lockdown is beginning to open up, many of us are beginning to test the water. No longer just to buy food, but to venture into garden centres, DIY stores or to come to church and quietly sit and pray. We are beginning to exercise confidence, … Read More

Trinity 8: Are you a feeder too?

Are you a feeder too? Matthew 14.13-21 Are you a feeder too? Amen. Are you a feeder too? My mother was, even though money was always short there was never a time when she couldn’t feed an extra mouth or two. In the 1950’s there were many people who struggled to feed their family. In the world of the first-century … Read More

Trinity 7: It’s all in the metaphor

It’s all in the metaphor. Matthew 13.31-33,44-52 It’s all in the metaphor. Amen. Stories are a wonderful way of telling a truth that is easily understood and readily stored in our memory. Cast your minds back to the stories of your childhood. The boy, who cried wolf, it’s a warning never to play games with truth, especially where safety is … Read More

Patronal Festival 2020: Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Lord

Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Lord John 19:41-20:18 May I speak in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. + Today, is the one Sunday in the year, when we celebrate the life of St Mary Magdalene; Our church’s Patronal Sunday. We’re not able to celebrate with a social gathering this … Read More

Trinity 5 ~ It’s the way he tells them

Trinity 5: It’s the way he tells them. Matthew 13.1-9,18-23 “The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ … But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed … Read More

Trinity 4: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11: 16-19, 25ff Jesus was not happy. “You’re like a bunch of spoiled children, unhappy with whatever is offered you. You want it all your own your way. John the Baptist came neither eating nor drinking and you said he was possessed by demons. I come eating and drinking … Read More

Trinity 3: How welcome are you?

How welcome are you? What’s your hospitality like? Matt.10: 40-42 We love a good party here at St Mary’s. The Parish Dinner at the Golf Club in January, the Parish BBQ in June, Coffee Mornings each month, a Fellowship Christmas lunch and a summer picnic. Not to mention coffee before the monthly concerts, coffee after services and many other events … Read More

Trinity 2: If you thought…

Trinity 2 ~ If you thought it was going to be easy, think again. Matthew 10:24-39 It’s human nature, we like to cherry pick the Scriptures that are easy to read and resonate with us because they have brought us comfort; they have remained with us through the ups and downs of life. But there are other Scriptures that are … Read More

Trinity Sunday 2020

Trinity Sunday May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Trinity Sunday is the only Sunday in the Christian year devoted to a doctrine. At a time when our country is haunted by the Global Pandemic of Corona virus, to focus on a complex doctrine may seem to be out of place. But seeking … Read More