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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


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


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


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


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


The Word Became Flesh

February 7th, 2018

"The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has spent four years making a film called Human Flow. In order to make it he visited 23 nations and 40 refugee camps. It’s a remarkable visual expression of the movement of peoples in search of home and belonging- through Africa, Asia, central America and of course the Middle East."

A sermon from Revd Richard Carter, delivered on the Second Sunday before Lent.

Readings for this service: John 1.1-14


Water into Wine

January 25th, 2018

"Out of the blue a couple that were married here at St Martin’s 7 years ago, got in touch this week. Amy shared news that they now have two young children and described where work had led her and her partner. She also wanted to ask if her parents, who were also married here over 40 years ago, could renew their wedding vows in a simple service."

A sermon from Revd Katherine Hedderly, delivered on the Third Sunday of Epiphany.

Readings for this service: Genesis 14.17-20; Revelation 19.6-10; John 2.1-11


Come and See

January 24th, 2018

"I have always loved this opening scene in John’s Gospel part of which we heard read today. Chapter one of John begins as we know, with the Prologue, that epic poem establishing the pre-existent Word at the very beginning of all things."

A sermon from Revd Richard Carter, delivered on the Second Sunday of Epiphany. 

Readings for this service: John 1.43-end


Baptism and the Beginning of Identity

January 9th, 2018

"In the beginning, we are told in Book of Genesis, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the spirit of God hovered over the waters."

A sermon from Rved Will Morris, delivered on the Baptism of Christ.

Readings for this service: Genesis 1, Mark 1


Adopted by God

January 8th, 2018

"I want to think with you this morning about how we come to be part of God’s family.  And in thinking about being part of God’s family, I want to explore how being adopted is at the very heart of the process."

A sermon from Revd Dr Alastair McKay, delivered on the First Sunday of Christmas. 

Readings for this service: Galatians 4:4-7