Sermons from St Mary Magdalene

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

Epiphany 2: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

“Speak, for your servant is listening.” Words from the Book of Samuel. Amen. More years ago than I care to remember I was shown the Chinese Character for listening. We were told that it contains five...

Baptism of Christ 2021

“You are my son, the beloved; in you I am well pleased”. Mark 1 4-11 Have you ever had one of those days when wanted to repeat the day again? A day when you wanted to start over again? There are so many...

Epiphany 2021: In the time of King Herod

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its...

Glory to God in the highest heaven

“Glory to God in the highest heaven” “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those he favours.” Lk2:14. Amen. 2020-12-27 SMM East Window detailGosh, all that planning, shopping, wrapping...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. “He’s behind you.” Oh no he isn’t! Oh yes he is! The villan of the piece is always behind you. Here we are in the midst of...

Advent 4: My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord

‘My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord’ Annunciation windowI have a confession to make, sometimes and especially at Evensong when I am tired, I gaze up at the window in the Lady Chapel of Mary and the Angel. Mary’s...

Advent 3: He grew up strong in spirit…

He grew up strong in spirit… A gift for Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age. John the Baptist, who’s candle we light today was a prophet, perhaps the greatest of them all. John encouraged all those who ...

The Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent There is no text for this sermon. It is hoped there will be subtitles in the video Archdeacon Fr. John Hawkins, 06/12/2020...

What are you waiting for? Advent Sunday

What are you waiting for? Mark 13.24-37 It will come to an end, corona virus that is. We are confident a vaccine will be developed, but we just don’t know when. We are waiting. With a pregnancy we can forecast...

“When the Son of Man comes in his Glory…” – Christ the King

“When the Son of Man comes in his Glory…” Matthew 25.31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his Glory, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory…” Amen. Aged just four years...

“The Kingdom of God is like…”

“The Kingdom of God is like…” Matthew 25:14-30 The parable of the talents is among the most misunderstood texts in the New Testament. Contrary to many peoples’ belief the parable does not justify a gospel ...

Are we ready and waiting?

Are we ready and waiting? Matthew 25: 1-13 Nestled in what is sometimes called Jesus’ end of time teaching the parable of the bridesmaids follows his warnings about the end when many will fall away from the fa...

‘Right Attitudes’, ‘Right Actions’, and ‘Right Reactions’

‘Right Attitudes’, ‘Right Actions’, and ‘Right Reactions’ Matthew 5.1-12 “Remember, remember the fifth of November gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be...

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...

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 t...

‘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 ...

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 grandchi...

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 i...

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...