Sermons from St Mary Magdalene

Sermons going back to 2011 preached at St Mary Magdalene by The Rev'd Dr James Lawson, The Rev'd Maureen Lunn, The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles and others.

Trinity 16: True greatness

Trinity 16: True greatness Mark 9. 30-37 Do you want to be great? May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.  ‘I am the greatest’ the mantra of Mohammed Ali, some thought it presumpt...

Trinity 15: Take up your cross

Trinity 15: Take up your cross Mark 8. 27-38 In today’s Gospel Jesus conducts a sort of survey. He asks his disciples: Who do people say that I am? They give Him different responses—John the Baptist, Elijah,...

Trinity 14: “ephphatha” – Be Opened!

Trinity 14: “ephphatha” – Be Opened! St Mark 7. 24-37 There’s one word in the Gospel today that sums up the whole mission of Jesus Christ. It’s one small word that sums up all His work. The Evangelist ...

Trinity 13: The flow of power is reversed

Trinity 13: The flow of power is reversed Mark 7 1-23 (with omissions) Today we meet Jesus’ most persistent and regular antagonists, the Pharisees and the Scribes of Jerusalem… when they saw some of His disc...

Trinity 12: Be strong in the Lord

Be strong in the Lord Ephesians 6. 10-20 In our second lesson St Paul tells us to: …be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against th...

Trinity 11: Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood! May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There is so much in today’s gospel for our understanding and encouragement. But we must remember from the beginning that what...

Trinity 10: The grief of a parent

Trinity 10: The grief of a parent 2 Samuel 18. 5-9; 15; 31-33 The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Wou...

Trinity 9: Food for thought

Trinity 9: Food for thought John 6.24-35 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are lots of idioms and sayings that include food but are not about food and we are familiar with ...

Patronal Festival 2021: St Mary Magdalene

Patronal Festival 2021: St Mary Magdalene St Mary Magdalene is our patron saint: but why do we have patron saints and what do they do for us? The custom goes all the way back to the fourth century -1600 years! C...

Trinity 7: Work, rest and pray

Trinity 7 2021: Work, rest and pray May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. When and where to get your rest. When small children are around it can prove almost impossible to get an uni...

Trinity 6: Dissidents in our culture

Trinity 6 2021: Dissidents in our culture. Mark 6. 14-29 The party is out of control. Herod is drunk. A young girl, a teenager called Salome, starts dancing for him in front of all the men there. She’s the dau...

Trinity 5: They took offence at Him

Trinity 5: They took offence at Him Mark 6. 1-13 Jesus had become famous for His miracles and His teaching. One day He returned to His hometown, to Nazareth, and He began to teach in the synagogue. But the peopl...

Trinity 4: Touch and Faith

“Trinity 4: Touch and Faith” Mark 5.21-43 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. It’s what we have all missed during this pandemic, touch. Our gospel today tells two different, ...

Trinity 3: calming of a storm

Trinity 3 2021: Calming of a storm Mark 4. 35-41 What do you think of when you hear this Gospel story of the calming of a storm at sea? I think of this terrible pandemic we’ve been living through. I think of u...

Trinity 2 2021: The Kingdom of God

Trinity 2 2021: The Kingdom of God Mark 4. 26-34 These last few weeks have been a little bit busy for me. I’ve been beginning my ministry here with you, and my other job as Area Director of Ordinands at the sa...

Trinity 1 2021: Not tame but warmly strange

A monk in the ancient Church once asked his elder, “Will Christians in the last times be able to raise the dead or perform miracles like us? The elder answered him, “It will be a greater work for them to even...

Trinity 2021: Nicodemus

Trinity Sunday: Nicodemus May the Almighty, who is, who was and shall be forever, continue to engage, enlighten and inspire us all the days of our life? Amen. If you had the opportunity to have a conversation wi...

Pentecost 2021: They are all drunk!

They are all drunk! There were thousands of people milling around. It was a day of obligation, they had to be there to bring the Grain Offering to the Temple. It was the “Festival of Weeks” a celebration, a ...

Easter7: “As you have sent me…”

“As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them…” John 17: 18 Have you ever had someone tell you they are praying for you? It’s likely we all have had people pray for us, but it is different whe...

Easter 6: Love one another

Love one another “Love one another with a pure heart fervently.” A line from one of my top ten anthems, and one that gave me the most embarrassing moment ever. I learnt this anthem in my twenties when I had ...