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Laying down our lives

April 24th, 2018

'The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ Jesus repeats the phrase ‘lay down my life’ five times during his discourse about being the Good Shepherd…it is a phrase with multi-layered meanings that have significance for us in terms of laying down our lives and taking them up again.'

A sermon from Revd Jonathan Evens, delivered on the Fourth Sunday of Easter. 

Readings for this service: Acts 4. 5-12; 1 John 3. 16-end; John 10. 11-18

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Make My Joy Complete

April 17th, 2018

"I want you to imagine that you were reaching a critical moment in your life and you had the opportunity to write a letter. You wouldn’t be writing to ask for help, because you wouldn’t be in the kind of situation where help was relevant."

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells, delivered on the Second Sunday of Easter.  

Readings for this service: 1 John 1:1-2:2

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Mind the Gap

April 17th, 2018

"It’s really good to welcome all of our visitors today. When you are a visitor to London one of the things that is a signature of London life are the words ‘Mind the Gap’ on the underground or Tube to remind you to be careful as your train comes to a station and you step onto the platform."

A sermon by Revd Katherine Hedderly, delivered on the Third Sunday of Easter.

Readings for this service: Luke 24. 13-35

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Resurrection in Nine Words

April 5th, 2018

"Resurrection is a breathtaking mystery. It’s also the epicentre of the Christian faith. It’s something to be discovered, believed, and lived."

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells, delivered on Easter Day. 

Readings for this service: John 20: 11-20

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A Cross in the Heart of God

April 5th, 2018

"There was a cross in the heart of God before there was one planted on the green hill in Jerusalem.
And now that the cross of wood has been taken down, the one in the heart of God abides,
and it will remain so long as there is one sinful soul for whom to suffer."

Six addresses preached by Revd Dr Sam Wells on Good Friday.

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A Grain of Wheat

March 21st, 2018

"When it comes to thinking about death, we have a straight choice: either we can pretend our death will never happen; or we can face our death head on. Our gospel reading sees Jesus coming face to face with what awaits him. His hour has come."

A sermon by Revd Dr Alastair McKay, delivered on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Readings for this service: John 12:20-33

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Mothering Sunday: Being God-bearers

March 12th, 2018

"On Thursday this week, which was International Women’s Day, a message tweeted from the women on hunger strike at the Yarls Wood immigration detention centre included the words:

“We feel voiceless, forgotten and ignored. We needed a voice and more importantly we needed someone to listen. We needed to be reminded that we are human beings because trust us when we say most of us are so dehumanised by this process of detention and the way we are treated (…), that you start to forget.”"

A sermon from Revd Katherine Hedderly, delivered on the Fourth Sunday of Lent / Mothering Sunday.

Readings for this service: 1 Samuel 1. 20-end; Colossians 3. 12-17; Luke 2. 33-35

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Fulfilling the Law

March 7th, 2018

"How do we know the right way to behave in any given situation? Rules or commandments, including the Ten Commandments, often seem to be the answer and every society or organisation, including our schools, needs a set of rules as a baseline for acceptable behaviours."

A sermon from Revd Jonathan Evens, delivered on the Third Sunday of Lent.

Readings for this service: Exodus 20.1-17, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22

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Investing in the Kingdom

February 20th, 2018

"I want to tell a story about money and church. It’s a story that I believe makes sense of what it means for a church like St Martin’s to ask the members of its congregation to reflect on whether they might be able to consider giving a little more of their own money to enriching the quality and breadth of our common life."

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells, delivered on the First Sunday of Lent / Giving Sunday. 

Readings for this service: Job 42: 12-17; Acts 2:42-47; Mark 10: 17-22

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Shame and Grace

February 8th, 2018

"To be street homeless – to be a person who sleeps outside – is to face many challenges every day. The day probably begins early: the patch on which you’re sleeping is likely to be needed as an access door, or your presence is challenged by a park attendant or security guard."

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells, delivered on the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany / Homelessness Sunday

Readings for this service: Luke 14: 15-24

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