Sermons on Discipleship

Sermons on Discipleship

Love Embodied

In today’s gospel reading, we find Simeon and Anna encountering God in the infant Jesus in a dramatic way. What can we learn from their encounter? And what might it mean for us to encounter Jesus in that same personal way, in our lives today?

Practising God’s Kingdom

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Readings: Nehemiah 8. 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19. 1-6; 1 Corinthians 12. 12-31a; Luke 4. 14-21 (view all) One of my favourite and least favourite times of the week growing up was football practice. I loved playing football, having a kick around, but the first half of the practice was full of drills and exercises which I just found boring. I couldn’t wait until the excitement of the practice game at the end. Whether it’s football…

Using our gifts to grow God’s kingdom

Third Sunday of Epiphany Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; 1 Corinthians 12.1-11; John 2.1-11 (view all) Well, 2018 has flown by, and we now find ourselves meeting for the first time as a Ministry Area family in the new year. We’re now into my second year as Ministry Area Leader, and the first has had plenty of ups and downs, lots of challenges, but also plenty to celebrate as well. One of our big jobs over the last year has…

Preparing the Way

Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Malachi 3. 1-4; Benedictus (Luke 1. 68-79); Philippians 1. 3-11; Luke 3. 1-6 (view all) Well I wonder how far you’ve managed to get so far with your Christmas preparations? Are your decorations up yet? Is your tree sorted? Have you bought all the presents you need? Have you sent out your Christmas cards? I would say we’re in the process in the Henley household. We’re working our way through our present list, and last…

Something is coming!

Advent Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21: 25-36 (view all) Something is coming.  What is coming, according to our text, is the kingdom of God.  And that kingdom actually came among us when Jesus came.  He said so once.  In John 11, “If I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Each time Jesus said that the Kingdom of God was near, He was actually saying that it was among…

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’.
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