The Epiphany Theme of Glory The account in John’s gospel of Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding at Cana, speaks of glory – a golden thread running through the season of Epiphany; the bright star which lead the Magi; the riches they offered and their unexpected encounter with the glory of the infant king; the…Continue reading Sermon for the Second Sunday of Epiphany.
Lord, you turned water into wine, we pray for your church, here, and wherever your people gather for worship; that it might be a place of transformation, hope and joy. Free us from self-righteousness and disapproval, judgmentalism and false piety. Enrich our lives, we pray: turn our water into wine. Teach your people to love…Continue reading Intercessions for The Second Sunday of Epiphany
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. It is a quiet feast for us in the UK but in other countries, epiphany is full of activity. Processions of kings on horseback throw handfuls of sweets to eagerly awaiting children. Children put boxes of straw under their beds for the camels. Holes are cut into…Continue reading A Sermon for the Feast of The Epiphany
With the Magi, we seek God’s glory; those moments when we are shown that God is here with us. God who made us all, each wonderfully different, we pray for followers of different faiths across the world Give us grace to learn from each other. Lead all who seek you in the ways of humility…Continue reading Intercessions for the Feast of The Epiphany
Heavenly Father, we gather tonight to give thanks for the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank you for this wonderful gift; that you came to be with us, came to be one of us, that you embrace the world with your love, that you shine in the darkness, and that the darkness will…Continue reading Intercessions for Christmas Eve
God with us, we give thanks this Christmas morning that you have come to share our lives, that you are with us in joy and sorrow, when everything is well and when everything has gone wrong. We thank you that you came as a child: you know the struggles of growing and learning: you know…Continue reading Intercessions for Christmas Morning
God with us, we give you thanks that your are always with us, in good times and in times of sorrow and struggle. We thank you that you reach out to us in love, that you are ready to welcome us home in this world and the next. On this feast of St Stephen we…Continue reading Intercessions for the Feast of St Stephen
Today is the feast day of St Stephen. We don’t get to celebrate this very often, and even this year the feast has been transferred to tomorrow so we don’t have to think about Stephen. But we’ve taken the opportunity to sing Good King Wenceslas: the carol tells the story of a Bohemian KIng going…Continue reading A Sermon for St Stephen’s Day
As you know, I usually bring a picture to talk about on Christmas morning. This year’s is a wall painting from a church in a little place called Easby, near Richmond in N Yorkshire. These medieval paintings were whitewashed over in the Reformation and were uncovered in the middle of the 1800s. What struck me…Continue reading A Sermon for Christmas Morning
And now we give you thanks because, In the darkness you come as our light, In our despair you come as our hope, And, far from home, you draw near in love.