Summaries of Weekly Sermons
See below for a selection of weekly sermons delivered by Anne, Nathan and by our guest clergy.
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9th February 2020 Evening
“In a word, as God’s dear children, you must be like him.” I have taken as my text the first verse of Chapter 5, as it neatly sums up all that Paul has written throughout chapter 4. As background, this “letter to the Ephesians” was probably written by Paul when he was in prison in Rome about AD61 and is thought to have been intended as a circular to all the churches and congregations that Paul had set up during his third missionary journey when he spent about three years in and around Ephesus. It helps to remember that the time was within about thirty years of the first Pentecost and there was still tension between Jewish and Gentile Christians. However, as far as Paul was concerned, there was no difference to be made between people – the Christian Church was open to absolutely everyone of whatever race, colour or gender; as is said at the administration of Communion here at St Peter’s, this is the Lord’s table and the invitation comes from him alone. This letter of Paul’s was therefore intended to be read to all who attended the church gatherings in and around Ephesus where it was circulated. The first three chapters set out Paul’s theological thoughts about God’s purpose in sending his Son Jesus into the world to draw all people into one great family of mutual love. Faith in the good news of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension delivers his followers from all that kept us apart from God and allows us to enter into this new relationship. This is true whether we are Jew or non-Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised. Now we know what it means to pass from the living dead of self-centredness to the new life which is centred with Christ in God.
ADVENT 4 2019 – MARY
Revd Canon Anne Taylor
Christmas is a time when there are extra communion services – for the sick and housebound and in Nursing Homes and so on. At times like this I sometimes think of the many different places and situations where I have celebrated the sacrament.
I remember having to clear a kitchen table of stale food and a dog’s bone to try and find a place for the chalice and paten in the home of an old lady who was a recluse. Or the informal celebration in the open air with a group of young people at a diocesan summer camp. In a hospice there was a special sense of quiet and suppressed sorrow at the bed side with a family as their loved received for the last time.
Or I remember the old navy captain who with failing eye sight never needed a service sheet because he knew all the words.
I remember bringing communion to an old lady with a Jack Russel who rather liked visitors. But when the service started the dog would lie down quietly in the corner, until the last Amen when he would be up again and share the peace with me in his own special way!
To me those celebrations were as important and as meaningful as the Eucharist that, say, marked the consecration of a new bishop when I was the Archbishop of Dublin’s chaplain. For those services the cathedral sanctuary would be stuffed with bishops in their full regalia, and every move and gesture had been carefully choreographed and rehearsed. All accompanied by beautiful music.