Sermons by James Henley
Our online service for Pentecost, 31st May 2020, exploring the gift of the Holy Spirit who connects us with God’s love and the love of God’s people. 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 Cyncoed Ministry Area online service for Sunday 3rd May, exploring what it means to hear God’s voice and help make a difference in these challenging times.
Our online service, reflecting on how God meets us in our questions and doubts.
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.
‘The Way of the Cross’, our Good Friday online service. Readings, reflections, music and prayers to guide us through the Stations of the Cross.
Our online Palm Sunday service, featuring a crowdsourced Passion reading with voices from across our Ministry Area.
Our crowdsourced, online service for Passion Sunday – with readings, reflections and prayers.
Our crowdsourced, online Sunday service for Mothering Sunday, 22nd March 2020, with readings, reflections and prayers.
Either way, as we consider today’s readings, I wonder what we can learn about living in the wilderness of life, and how to be sustained spiritually in the midst of difficult times? Given the times in which we are currently living, with the spread of the Coronavirus, and the increasing concern it brings, this is perhaps a very timely theme to explore together.
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?
The good news entrusted to us, is that our God is the God who comes to us. The God who, even in our sinfulness and brokenness, ministers to us. In fact, who ministers to us precisely because of our sinfulness and brokenness.
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?