Sermon for an Intergenerational Service – 14th May 2023

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” Today is special day in many ways.  It is Mother’s Day here in Switzerland, it is the baptism of one of our community, and it is also the beginning of Christian Aid Week.  All these are important,Continue reading “Sermon for an Intergenerational Service – 14th May 2023”

Sermon for Palm Sunday, Sunday 2nd April 2023

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Ps 31:9-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:54 Truly this man was the Son of God. Palm Sunday can sometimes feel overlooked, overshadowed by the Gospel set for the day.  We seem to rush from “Hosanna” to “crucify him” with rather undue haste, all in the space of less than a morning.  “Sometimes theyContinue reading “Sermon for Palm Sunday, Sunday 2nd April 2023”

Sermon for Passion Sunday – 26th March.

Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Ps 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! (Ps 130:1) Many of us will have experienced the pain of loss: the death of a loved one, and so can understand theContinue reading “Sermon for Passion Sunday – 26th March.”

Sermon for Mothering Sunday 19th March 2023

Exodus 2:1-10; Psalm 34:11-20; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:33-35 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. We Anglican women are lucky here in Switzerland.  We get two chances to be remembered by ourContinue reading “Sermon for Mothering Sunday 19th March 2023”

Sermon for 3rd Sunday of Lent

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7, Ps 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of waterto sustain, refresh and cleanse all life.Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.Through water you led the children of Israelfrom slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.In water your Son JesusContinue reading “Sermon for 3rd Sunday of Lent”

A Sermon for the second Sunday of Lent – 5th March 2023

Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with weary (eager  p.35) feet.Until it joins some larger way, where many paths and errandsContinue reading “A Sermon for the second Sunday of Lent – 5th March 2023”

Ash Wednesday Sermon, 22nd February 2023

Isaiah 58.1–12; 2 Corinthians 5.20b–6.10; Matthew 6.1–6, 16–21; Psalm 51 We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. The days around the beginning of Lent are filled with symbolism and tradition, one of which – the imposition of ashes – we will be practising today.  Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday – or PancakeContinue reading “Ash Wednesday Sermon, 22nd February 2023”

Sermon for 12th February: Justice

We know that these unseen who meet our needsAre all themselves the fingers of your hand,As are the grain, the rain, the air, the land,And, slighting these, we slight the hand that feeds.What if we glimpsed you daily in their toilAnd found and thanked and served you through them all?Malcolm Guite It’s not fair!  Fairness. Continue reading “Sermon for 12th February: Justice”

A sermon for the Third Sunday before Lent – 5th February 2023

Readings: Isaiah 58; 1-9a (9b-12); Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20 “And when evil masquerades as good, the God of justice appears absent.” (3. p. 243) Yes, I admit it, I have watched The Wizard of Oz!  It’s a bit like saying you like ABBA music, a guilty secret which we have to explainContinue reading “A sermon for the Third Sunday before Lent – 5th February 2023”

A Sermon for the Presentation of Christ: Candlemas

Sunday 29 January 2023 Readings: Malachi 3:1-5; Psalm 24:1-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 To be a light to lighten the Gentiles. I don’t know about you, but as a child I was afraid of the dark. It’s not that unusual, I think. I remember having to have the landing light kept on in order forContinue reading “A Sermon for the Presentation of Christ: Candlemas”