Sermon Speaker

Jeremy Thake


Trinity 4, 27th June 2021

Mark 5:21-43: Compassion Our gospel reading today has two more of Jesus’ miracles, healings this time, as we follow on from the calming of the storm that Claire talked about last week (Mark 4:35-41): Jairus’ daughter and the woman suffering from bleeding.   Claire’s sermon asked, Where is the miraculous today?  Does God intervene in […]


Easter 3, 11th April 2021

John 20:19-31: Resurrection These things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.   Our gospel passage today starts on Easter Sunday, late in the evening of the first day of the Jewish week, […]


Last Sunday before Advent, Christ the King, 22nd November 2020 Sheep and Goats

Matthew 25vv31-46   Last week, Claire looked at the Parable of the Talents.  Three slaves are given large amounts of money by their master while he goes away.  This parable has traditionally taken to be about how we should respond to the gifts and talents that God gives us.  Claire was struck by how unsympathetic […]


Sermon from Sunday 11th October 2020 – Trinity 18

Philippians 4:1-9: Rejoice Always   I am going to be looking at our epistle reading today, from Philippians, rather than at the parable of the wedding banquet.  I really like the letter to the Philippians, in that it is so personal, and Paul clearly likes the church there.  When he wrote the letter, Paul was […]

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Walking on Water

Trinity 9, 9th August 2020 Jesus must have been extraordinary.  This week I was reading, not today’s passage, but one from Luke (7:36-50) about the woman who came to Jesus when he was eating at a pharisee’s house.  She wept at his feet, wiping them with her hair and putting precious ointment on them.  The […]


Welcoming – Matthew 10:40-42: Trinity 3, 28th June 2020

We have been looking at Matthew 10 for a few weeks now.  It is Jesus’ commission to the twelve disciples before he sent them out.  He tells them to preach that the kingdom of heaven is near, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to drive out demons.  It quite some apprenticeship and, I […]



Genesis 1v1-2v3, Creation Light 7, 16th February 2020 [1] I am going to be talking today mainly about our first reading in Genesis, rather than the gospel reading in Matthew, though I will touch on that. The lectionary reading in Genesis gives us the whole of the creation story. Or at least the first creation […]


Holy Innocents

Matthew 2vv13-23, Holy Innocents Christmas 1, 29th December 2019 The last three days have been church festivals. The first two were our church’s patronal festivals. The 26th December is St. Stephen’s day, Stephen Deacon and First Martyr (Acts 6-7). The 27th is St. John’s day, for John the Apostle and Evangelist (St. John’s gospel). We […]


Control – The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12vv13-21: Control Pentecost 8, 4th August 2019. Our new church call today’s gospel reading the Parable of the Rich Fool.  It is one of those passages on wealth that tends to leave us feeling uneasy. If I asked you what was the New Testament’s approach to wealth, what would you say.  The most memorable […]



Today is Pentecost Sunday.  It falls on the same day as Jewish festival of Shavuot celebrating both the wheat harvest and giving of the law on Mount Sinai.  The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek for the 50th day, because Shavuot was 7 weeks and a day after Passover Sabbath (Lev 23vv15-16).  The festival was […]