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 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 the end point, it is usually 38-42 weeks and ends in joy. Astroscientists tell us that the sun will cool … Read More

Nine Lessons and Carols 2019

Nine Lessons and Carols 2019 O Lord, grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives. Amen. You have probably noticed that at this time of year there is a very perceptible crescendo of carol singing as we approach Christmas Day. … Read More

Advent Sunday 2019

Advent Sunday 2019 Romans 13:11-end – Matthew 24:36-44 It’s always difficult on a train not to overhear people’s conversations, even if one can only hear one side of it. On Wednesday while on a train I sat opposite someone who took a phone call from someone claiming to be a policeman, who was ringing to ask this person about someone … Read More

Christmas at St Mary Magdalene

2018 christmas services

Advent Carols December started with our candlelit Advent Carols Service to begin the new Church year, here are some of our church members lighting the candles before this service. Lunchtime Concert On Wednesday 12 December, at out Lunchtime Concert we were treated to a selection of Carols from the Cambridge Carol Book This year the Mayor of Enfield came to … Read More

Magazine December 2018

2018 Christmas services at St Mary Magdalene Church

Parish Magazine ~ December 2018 Advent message from the Bishop of Edmonton Dear Friends, You may have seen Bishop Sarah launching the new app for Advent with Christian publisher SPCK: We all know how important it is for us to help our people to pray and reflect during the Advent season. So, on Christ the King this Sunday, why not … Read More

Looking Forward With Mary

Advent 4 ~ Looking Forward With MaryIt seems like only a few weeks ago that a group of us went to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth and stood outside it and sang ‘Gabriel’s Message’. Well yes, it was only a few weeks ago – well 19 weeks in fact. There we were in the sunshine of the middle … Read More

Eschatological Escapings

Advent Sunday ~ Eschatological EscapingsOne can always tell Christmas is coming when complete strangers talk to Vicars unprompted. When I got off the bus the other day another man who was getting off saw my dog collar and said, ‘Big G’s having a hard time at the moment isn’t he?’. Assuming he was referring to events in Paris, Syria and … Read More

Advent 4 2013

Advent 4 2013Last week I was travelling on a train, and because I’d booked way in advance, and someone else was paying, I managed to secure myself a First Class ticket. The advantage of doing so is that it is much easier to work – to write, to think, to read, because there are fewer people in the carriage, and … Read More

Advent 3 ~ Mandela

Advent 3 ~ St Mandela the BaptistOur news has been full – perhaps overfull – this week with retrospective comment upon, celebration of and even veneration of Nelson Mandela. One news journalist I saw even went to describe him as something of a secular saint. I’m not sure what a secular saint is – or even if it is possible … Read More

O Come, O come, Emmanuel!

‘O’ Antiphons O Come, O come, Emmanuel!Got any ‘O’s? No, not ‘O’s, ‘O’s! So says Ronnie Barker in that immortal, voted funniest sketch ever from the Two Ronnies of 1976. Yes – 1976. And, yes actually, I have got some ‘O’s. Seven ‘O’s in fact. And great ‘O’s they are too. No, not two ‘O’s – seven ‘O’s. And yes, … Read More

Advent Carol Service 2011

The Choir will lead an Advent Carol Service with candlelit procession on Advent Sunday Evening, 27 November at 6:30 pm.