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Mothering Sunday

April 11, 2017

Mothering Sunday Sermon When I was a curate, there were always a few Sunday’s that fell to me to preach on, because I now know they were potentially tricky – and one of them was Mothering Sunday, because in some ways it is difficult to pin down, can be easy to sentimentalise, and can potentially […]


Reflections on work and leisure

August 11, 2015

I am the bread of life, says Jesus.  He who comes to me will never be hungry. This year our August Sermon Series takes us deep in one chapter, chapter six of John’s Gospel.  It’s a long chapter – a full 71 verses.  Beginning with the Jesus’s feeding of the 5000 and his walking on […]


Our hospitable God

August 11, 2015

Four words in the English language that never fail to warm my heart: “Make yourself at home.”….”Kettles here, tea bags there, help yourself to the sunny seat in the garden – and did you need the wi-fi code?” My host is making me feel taken care of, and I can feel myself relaxing and starting […]


How Saul met Ananias

January 25, 2015

Saul of Tarsus. Just saying his name sent shivers down my spine. It was the same for all of us Christians in Damascus. When we met together to break to the bread and pray at someone’s house, we’d sit round the table and share the news that came to us from the brothers and sisters […]


The story of salvation

January 10, 2015

I want to tell you a story.  It starts with emptiness, nothingness.  Then into the nothingness God creates time and space matter and energy, waves and particles, endlessly colliding and combining.  God creates the possibility of possibility.  This is the beginning.  Life evolves. Death, birth, woman man.  God loves this world he has created.  Human […]


Weeds amongst the wheat.

July 22, 2014

Recently I spent two weeks in Wales and one of the pleasures of being on holiday is having time to stop and stare to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.  Spending that time with our two small grand children meant that we could also  share in the excitement  of seeing in Josiah ‘ s words […]


Jesus the Way

May 31, 2014

“I am the way, says Jesus, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus is the way. As you may know, the Gospel of John is punctuated with “I am” statements of Jesus: I am the bread of life, the gate, the vine, and so on. Today we are given the sixth of these I am […]


Worship in spirit and in truth?

March 24, 2014

“Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” What might that look like I wonder- an experience of worship in which the glory of the Lord utterly fills our space? Picture if you can a tiny living room in a top floor flat […]


On anxiety

March 1, 2014

Yesterday the church hall was buzzing as around twenty five people came to St. Columba’s for a training day on mental health issues and older people. It was led by Julian Raffay, Chaplain with the Sheffield Care Trust that provides mental health services in the city, and Gemma Graham, a psychologist working with older adults. […]


Spirituality and ageing

February 4, 2014

“You don’t feel any different, you know”, my Mum used to say to me. We were talking about what it is like growing old. “The years go by, but you’re just the same person inside. You know” she went on, “Ursula – (that was her sister)- Ursula and I used to play this game when […]