Sermons on Discipleship

Sermons on Discipleship

Simple Faith

1st Sunday of the Kingdom Readings: Deuteronomy 6. 1-9; Psalm 119. 1-8; Hebrews 9. 11-14; Mark 12. 28-34 (view all) I have a real problem with writing long sentences. Particularly when I was studying for ordination, I used to ask my wife Amy to proofread my essays, and she’d often have to cut down the huge sentences I’d written which were sometimes three or four lines long. It was always a difficult process having to choose what to prioritise, what…

Freedom to Serve

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity Readings: Isaiah 53. 4-12; Psalm 91. 9-16; Hebrews 5. 1-10; Mark 10. 35-45 (view all) Not long ago, Amy, Evie and I went across to St Fagan’s for the day, and discovered that they have a new attraction — a high ropes course! You are harnessed in and taken up a long staircase until you are at the tops of the trees, and then have to negotiate your way around various tightropes and other obstacles, ending…

The Riches of Grace

Seventh Sunday after Trinity Readings: Amos 7. 7-15; Psalm 85. 8-13; Ephesians 1. 3-14; Mark 6. 14-29 (view all) I’m afraid this morning I need to get off my chest that I’ve failed as your priest this week. I confess before you and before God that I did sneak away early from the Ladies’ Forum Eucharist on Wednesday night so I could watch the end of the England match! It was a dramatic night, and a real mix of emotions.…

A Distinctive Calling

Sunday After Ascension Readings: Acts 1. 15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5. 9-13; John 17. 6-19 (view all) One of the most sacred tasks in priestly ministry is to minister to those who are close to death. I can still remember the first time I was asked to visit someone, a lady, who knew she only had a few more days to live. She was there in bed, with her daughter gathered in close to her, and there was…

Ordinary Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 3. 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3. 1-7; Luke 24. 36b-48 (view all) One of the most exciting pieces of news I’ve ever had to share was the birth of our daughter, Evie. I don’t know whether you know this, but Evie is her nickname — her full name is Evangeline, which comes from the Greek word in the bible for ‘good news’. We wanted the world to know that she is good news, and…

The Way of the Cross

The Second Sunday of Lent Readings: Genesis 17. 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22. 23 – 31; Romans 4. 13-25; Mark 8. 31-38 (view all) Until our daughter Evie was born, I hadn’t realised just how much thinking there is to do to be a good parent. I knew (at least to some extent!) that it would take time and effort, but I didn’t realise how much Amy and I would need to discuss and think through. What values did we want…

Bishop’s Lent Letter

First Sunday of Lent Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter for Lent was read in place of a sermon at all our services this Sunday. The letter introduces the Bishop’s Lent appeal, which will raise money for the long-awaited completion of building works at The Mayflower School in the Diocese of the Highveld. You can make a contribution towards the Lent appeal by placing your donation in the offertory plate in an envelope marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Appeal’.

St David’s 40th Celebration

Transfiguration Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; Mark 9.2-9 (view all) It’s so good to be together today to celebrate 40 years of St David’s Church! Celebrations are fantastic aren’t they? I can particularly remember my 22nd birthday celebrations. ‘Why?’ you might ask, ‘Isn’t your 21st birthday supposed to be the most significant?’ Well, my 22nd birthday was also the day that Amy, my wife, and I got engaged. I managed to persuade her — although…