Sermon Speaker

Claire Alcock

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Sermon for St Luke the Evangelist, Trinity 19 – Sunday 18th October 2020

  2 Timothy 4:5-17 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. 6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have […]


Lessons for the Journey – Sunday 27th September, Trinity 16A

Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In the Lectionary we’ve been in Exodus for a few weeks now. This morning is no exception. The alternative was a short passage from Philippians, which is a message about being of one heart and mind, and in Matthew’s gospel we have an exchange between Jesus and his accusers […]


Living the cross shaped life

Today we’re thinking about something I’m calling the Cross-Shaped Life. What does a cross-shaped life look like and what is it like to live one? I’ve taken the phrase from the gospel today where Jesus warns his disciples he’s going to the cross. Peter, after scoring an A in discipleship last week, gets downgraded by […]


Inclusion and Exclusion

Trinity 10A for St John and St Stephen Zoom Church. August 16, 2020. Romans 11:1-6; 11-20; 29-32 and Matthew 15:20-28 INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION. To what extent do you feel included in the story of Salvation? We start with a story about exclusion – about someone who was sadly given the message that she wasn’t included […]


Can you really boast about suffering?

Sermon for Zoom Church, June 14, 2020, St John and St Stephen, Reading. Romans 5:1-8   5Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not […]


How do we imagine the Holy Spirit?

AND so we come to Pentecost – the Feast that the Jews kept to celebrate the final coming in of the harvest. In the book of Acts Luke writes that the disciples were gathered in one place awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s doubtful they even had an inkling of what to expect […]


Perspective is everything

Easter Day 12 April 2020 (via Zoom) Acts 10:34-43 Gentiles Hear the Good News 34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, […]


The letter and the spirit

Second of Lent (Year A) St John and St Stephen’s 8 March 2020 Genesis 12:1-4a: The Call of Abram Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and […]


Suffering and joy in perfect balance

Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration 17Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then […]



Sermon 3rd before Lent, year A, 09.02.20. Matthew 5:13-20 Salt and Light 13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 ‘You are the light of the world. A […]