Sermons from December 2017

Sunday after Christmas – Jesus will save us

I don’t know how you would start a gospel, but Matthew – from which our Gospel this morning is taken – starts most excitingly as follows (1-3): The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and…

Christmas – The Word made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” [St John 1:14] On Saturday we had our Crèche service for the children and we went through the story of the incarnation told in children’s songs and in very simple story telling.  We all know it well, it is a story most of us have heard since we were children.  How is this more than a nice story? I’d like us to think about what…

Advent 4 – Prepare a way for the Lord

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, shortly before Christmas, the Gospel passage brings us to John the Baptist, standing at the river Jordan, facing a delegation of priests and scribes from Jerusalem, who are trying to figure out who he is and what this act of baptism means. It is only a few weeks ago that I happened to be at the bank of the Jordan myself, together with large groups of Eastern Orthodox pilgrims…

Advent 3 – God is our judge

It is the Lord who judges me. [1 Corinthians 4:4] In Advent we reflect upon the threefold coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – and His arrival brings judgement.  Jesus’ coming in the past brought judgement, we are told that Jesus will judge us at the end of time, and Jesus judges us even now.  Judgement is perhaps not something we like to think about, but this morning I want us to think about why…

Advent 2 – What is Hope?

Whatever was written in former days, was written for our instruction; that through endurance, and encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. [Romans 15:4] Advent is a season of hope – we have some natural hopes – the expectation of holidays, the celebration of Christmas with family or friends.  But we also have supernatural hopes: that God has come to us in the flesh as a child to save us, and there is a…