Sermons on Matthew
Our online service for Sunday 28th June, exploring how God is with us in acts of kindness and hospitality. You are God’s gift to the world! How will you be a blessing to others? Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, there has been a significant negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:
Join us as we gather online at 10.30am for our Sunday service, exploring why the power of faith is strongest when we are at the end of ourselves. Find the strength to keep going, by worshipping alongside others online. Have the chance to pause, reflect and pray. Explore how to find new life, by surrendering our baggage to Jesus. Our hope is that by the end of today’s service you will be refreshed and challenged to be fully alive during…
Join us live at 10.30am for this week’s online service, exploring the Church’s role in growing God’s kingdom. Connect with others who are trying to live faithfully in these challenging times. Have the chance to pause, pray and reflect. Learn how to play your part in strengthening your local community. 🙏 We pray that you at the end you will feel refreshed, renewed and challenged for the week ahead. And if you can’t join us live in the morning, then…
Our online service for Trinity Sunday, exploring how we can return to the heart of our faith – who God is and who Jesus calls his Church to be. Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, there has been a significant negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:
Our ecumenical, online service for Christian Aid Week 2020, joining our hands together to make a difference for our global neighbours! Produced by the partner churches in the Cardiff East Ecumenical Mission Partnership. Make your donation to Christian Aid Week here:
Our online service for Easter Day, where we ask what place there is for Easter this year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. With readings, prayers, reflections and traditional Easter hymns.
Our online Palm Sunday service, featuring a crowdsourced Passion reading with voices from across our Ministry Area.
In David’s time, and the centuries following, it was through the lens of these mystical, often miraculous stories, and through the landscape itself, that people made sense of their spirituality. In our time, though, things seem much more complicated. The boundaries of our rational worldview are much more tightly framed. Heaven can seem a very distant place, and any spiritual experiences are easy to doubt, explaining them away through psychological reasoning. So what does the life of our patron, Dewi Sant, have to say to us today, living in a very different world?
In our gospel reading this morning, we contemplate one of the most extraordinary events recorded in the gospels, aside from the resurrection itself. In this mountaintop experience, Jesus is transfigured, his appearance completely transformed, as the disciples Peter, James and John look on astounded. So as we reflect on today’s readings, what can we learn about God’s presence with us, through not just the highs, but also the lows of life?
On this Creation Sunday, our readings invite us to trust in the Creator, who provides for all his creatures, but also challenge us to reflect honestly on the broken state of our world, in which there is so much to make us anxious. So as we reflect on God’s character as our creator, and the nature of his creation, I wonder how we can live more fully as God’s children?
When I first looked at today’s readings, I was reminded of much of my upbringing in the Church, of vicars and youth workers passionately encouraging myself and my peers in our church youth group to live courageously as salt and light in the world. And extolling us not to, under any circumstances, be ashamed of our faith. But what about when we simply can’t face another awkward conversation with a friend or acquaintance? What if we don’t feel any good at talking about our faith, or struggle finding the words to say to others? How can God use us as salt and light, especially in a modern world, where any conversation about faith with others often feels strained and difficult?
In our readings this morning, we continue the Epiphany theme of light dawning in darkness, as Jesus is shown to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah, and calls his first disciples. I wonder how Christ’s invitation for us to follow him today can help us to deal with the darkness in our own lives, and in the world around us?