Sermon for Sunday 26th November Christ the King

“O that today you would listen to his voice!” “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Preparing for this sermon this week, I was reminded of the Pantomimes Mark and I took our children to: there are an awful lotContinue reading “Sermon for Sunday 26th November Christ the King”

Sermon for All Saints Day 5th November 2023

Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 “From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl stream in the countless host.” So, who are these robed in white and where have they come from?   As the elder in Revelation asks.  Who are these saints?  What do you think of when think ofContinue reading “Sermon for All Saints Day 5th November 2023”

Environment Sunday Sermon for Sunday 8th October 2023

Our Burning World Our burning world is turning in despair, I hear her seething, sighing through the air: ‘Oh rouse yourself, this is your wake up call For your pollution forms my funeral pall My last ice lapses, slips into the sea, Will you unfreeze your tears and weep from me? Or are you sleepingContinue reading “Environment Sunday Sermon for Sunday 8th October 2023”

Sermon for Sunday 17th September

Readings: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matt 18:21-35 “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” (1) Powerful words from Martin Luther King Jnr.  Forgiveness and love.  To have one is to possess the other quality.  ToContinue reading “Sermon for Sunday 17th September”

Sermon for Sunday, 3rd September 2023

Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 115; Romans 12:9-21; Matt 16:21-28 Not to us, O lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. A quiet but helpful member of the form.  That was how my teachers generally described me in my school reports.  As a teacherContinue reading “Sermon for Sunday, 3rd September 2023”

Sermon for Sunday 20th August 2023

Readings: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 “For the love of God is broader than the scope of human mind, and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.”(1) Human beings are very good at building walls. We have built them around our cities, around our countries – just look at Hadrian’sContinue reading “Sermon for Sunday 20th August 2023”

Sermon for Music Sunday 11th June 2023

“No storm can shake my inmost calmwhile to that Rock I’m clinging.Since Love is lord of heav’n and earth,how can I keep from singing?” (1) How can I keep from singing?  I am sure we all have memories of those songs our parents, or we ourselves, sang to us, to our children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces,Continue reading “Sermon for Music Sunday 11th June 2023”

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”