Media from 2020

Media from 2020

From darkness into light

St John the Evangelist Readings: 1 John 1; John 21. 19b-24 (view all) Our daughter Evie was born just a few days before Christmas on the 21st. It’s a mixed bag having your birthday so near to Christmas, and although Evie has never seemed to mind it at all, we did worry at first that her birthday might be eclipsed by the larger celebration of Christmas. As I began preparing today’s sermon, I wondered whether, perhaps somewhere in heaven, St…

Sunday 27th December 2020

Our Ministry Area online service for the Feast of St John the Evangelist. Readings: 1 John 1; John 21. 19b-24 (view all) Service Leader: The Revd Matt DavisPreacher: The Revd James HenleyPrayers: Julia Durham

God of the Poor

The Feast of Christ the King Readings: Ezekiel 34. 11-16, 20-24; Matthew 25. 31-46 (view all) At one stage a few years ago, my daughter Evie had a favourite phrase whenever something didn’t go her way — ‘It’s not fair!’ Whether it was being denied a treat or being told she couldn’t do something that she really wanted, in her mind straight away, her fairness alarm was triggered. As human beings we often bring a strong sense of fairness to…

Your Faith Family

All Saints’ Day Readings: Revelation 7. 9-12; Matthew 5. 1-12 (view all) I wonder: Who are your faith heroes? Perhaps a Saint from church history, a friend who you look up to, or someone who supported you through a difficult period. The faith hero I’d like to share with you is a little old woman from Aberystwyth called Ollie. Ollie had an incredible smile, and, as a retired teacher, she had a real heart for the young people in the…

Bible Sunday

Last Sunday after Trinity Readings: Colossians 3. 12-17; Matthew 24. 30-35 (view all) A sermon for Bible Sunday, reflecting on how God’s word can guide us today.

Healthcare Sunday

Feast of St Luke Readings: Isaiah 35. 3-6, Luke 10. 1-9 (view all) A sermon for Healthcare Sunday and the Feast of St Luke, reflecting on our calling to join with Christ in his ministry of healing, wholeness and reconciliation.

Homeless Sunday

18th Sunday after Trinity Readings: Isaiah 25. 1-9; Matthew 22. 1-14 (view all) One of the side effects of living in a vicarage is that it is often a port of call for those who are in dire need of help, including for those who are rough sleepers. Shortly after moving into the first vicarage I lived in in Newport, one of the first interactions I had on our doorstep was with a rough sleeper who also happened to be…

The Art of Rest

Fourth Sunday in Creation Readings: Leviticus 25. 1-7; John 6. 1-15 (view all) A sermon reflecting on our need for rest, both as human beings and for God’s world.

Living Simply and Generously

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9. 6-15; Luke 12. 16-30 (view all) I wonder how good you are at sharing? For me, there are some things I’m better at sharing than others. I like to think I’m pretty good at sharing control of the TV remote or the last chocolate in the box. However, my wife Amy is certain that I always try to pour myself a larger glass of wine than the one I give her. I’m sure every parent will…

The Great Hymn of Creation

The First Sunday of Creation Readings: Job 37. 14-24; Matthew 8. 23-27 (view all) I wonder when you last had a ‘wow!’ moment, when you were suddenly hit once again by the beauty of the world around us? For me it was when I was on holiday, wondering around a place called, Nant yr Arian, in English the Silver Valley, near where I grew up. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the sunlight reflected in the lake below us,…