Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Jesus’ last supper was a meal hovering on the threshold of things. We tend to think of it as settled, easy, and relaxed – a big Jewish meal with friends at the heart of the Passover celebrations in Jerusalem. Whether this was a Seder Celebration is now a matter of debate, but what we do…Continue reading Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Sermon for Palm Sunday

East West Street I have been re-reading East West Street by Philippe Sands: an account of the lives of two men who introduced the terms Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity into international law. Both men were Jewish, both lived in the Ukrainian town now known as Lviv in the first half of the C20th. Along…Continue reading Sermon for Palm Sunday

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. These are the ancient words of Ash Wednesday, uttered today by Priests around the world on this, the first day of Lent.  Today we face our mortality. The second chapter of Genesis tells an ancient…Continue reading Sermon for Ash Wednesday

A Sermon for Candlemas

Candlemas is a lovely feast: outside of Easter and Christmas, it is definitely on the top of my list of favourites. Beautiful it is, but it is a bittersweet feast – there is sorrow there as well as joy. The bitter: Well, at the end of the service today we turn (physically) from Christmas to…Continue reading A Sermon for Candlemas