Pew sheet for Sung Communion service on Sunday 16th September 2018 (Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity), led by Ven John Kiddle.
We are nearer to God when we stop trying to define God, when we stop looking for signs, when we just open ourselves to him.
Belief in God: a sermon by Rev William Allberry, delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 9th September 2018 (Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity).
Readings: Isaiah 35. 4-7a; James 2. 1-17; Mark 7. 24-27
In our service today, we have two baptisms. Like Jesus, we are baptised with water. In baptism, we receive a symbolic ‘washing of our hearts’. God cares about what goes on inside us, and God knows that we cannot wash our own hearts. So, when we are baptised, God ‘washes our hearts’ with the Holy Spirit, through our faith in Jesus, to make us right with God and bring us into the family of God.
A sermon on baptism and the ‘washing of our hearts’, by Asst. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer. Delivered at the All-age Communion service on Sunday 2nd September 2018 (Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity).
Based on readings: Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23; Song of Solomon 2.8-13; James 1 17-27.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats
of this bread they will live for ever.
Living Bread: A sermon by Rev William Allberry, visiting preacher and former vicar of St Paul’s. Delivered on Sunday 19th August 2018 (Twelfth Sunday after Trinity).
Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
Our second reading today came from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4 1-16) . Paul writes, ‘Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called’. This is something we could say to little Orla, who comes to join us, as a member of our church, by being baptised today, but it is also good advice for the rest of us.
But what does Paul mean by living a worthy life? What is a worthy life?
A Sermon delivered by Asst. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer at the All-age Communion service on Sunday 5th August 2018 (Tenth Sunday after Trinity).