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May I speak now in the name of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen Jesus Calls…..we follow. Trust. That was the opening and closing line of my first sermon at Westcott House, nearly six years ago. I had just arrived and, like the bewildering, roller coaster of a journey that my life had been

The Baptism of Christ. So why did Jesus get baptised? Was it necessary for one who railed against empty posturing and cheap words? There are three reasons why we think Jesus submitted to baptism: First, he wanted to be identified with this new movement which John the Baptist had publicised. People were going out into

And the word became flesh sermon John 1:10-18 May I speak in the name of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And the word became flesh and lived among us…grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. In the beginning was the word and the word was God. From this word and foundation the

What’s in a Name

What’s in a Name – Luke 1:57-66 Isis, Isil or Da’esh. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Priestly black.  Black hearse, Black is beautiful, Little black dress. Yellow is the colour of daffodils, springtime, the colour of hope.  It is also the colour of the Star of David Jews had to

Christ the King In our gospel today, Jesus stands before Pilate – one of the greatest contrasts in world history. And in our hearts today we harbour another great contrast: that of ISIS against the civilized world. In Titian’s great painting, ‘Ecce Homo’, ‘Christ before Pilate’, the two main characters stand at either side, Pilate

Remembrance Sunday

Before I vested for this morning’s Eucharist, I was wearing a red poppy, as part of our annual remembrance of those who died in two world wars and in more recent conflicts. I remember being surprised in my teens to learn that there were white poppies too, and that they had been first worn in

From fresh-faced student to principal of the same college in the space of 20 years, and with a detour to Blackburn of five years. I speak of course of our friend Chris Chivers who is now the principal of Westcott House, Cambridge. That’s where he trained for the priesthood, and now he’s training priests. (For

2 Timothy 4:5-17; Luke 10:1-9 May I speak now in the name of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen The kingdom of God has come near. This week I was privileged to meet a beautiful lady, perhaps metaphorically ‘seeing her’ for the very first time. She is in hospital and is not very well;

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