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Sermons by Canon Simon Cowling

The Rector: We believe in life before death

19 August 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Ephesians 5. 15-20; John 6. 51-58  We believe in life before death. Some years ago, Christian Aid introduced this statement into its annual campaign. It succeeds in being unobjectionable, challenging and subversive in equal measure. The statement is unobjectionable because it’s […]

The Rector: The bread of ages

05 August 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Tenth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Ephesians 4. 1-16; John 6. 24-35  First make flour from wild wheat and wild barley; then pound the tubers of wild plants that grow in water (like sedges or bull-rushes) to a dry pulp; mix together with water to make a […]

The Rector: Being and Becoming

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine August 2018 Being and Becoming Writing In the September 2013 issue of the Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine, just before my arrival as Rector, the Revd James Turnbull, one of our beloved honorary priests, commented: we can depend on Simon. I am sure he will feel able to depend on […]

The Rector: Setting ourselves free

08 July 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Sixth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling 2 Corinthians 12. 2-10; Mark 6. 1-13 The Golden Summer of 2012. The United Kingdom welcomed the world to the London Olympics and the home athletes rose to the occasion: the twenty-nine gold medals which the athletes won ensured that the […]

The Rector: The Beautiful Game

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine July 2018 The Beautiful Game Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, if he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I’ll be Muslim too. Football fans have always been inventive in their chants from the terraces, but the song that Liverpool supporters have […]

The Rector: Making voices heard

24 June 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Birth of John the Baptist Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 40. 1-11; Luke 1. 57-66 & 80 Compare and contrast. Three words with which school and university students taking exams this summer, especially in arts, humanities, and social sciences, will have become very familiar. Compare and contrast the characters […]

The Rector: Practising what we Preach

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine May 2018 Practising what we Preach Thomas Jefferson was one of the United States’ founding fathers. He was steeped in the Enlightenment values of political and religious freedom, as is clear in the 1776 American Declaration of Independence in which Jefferson wrote that all men are created equal (and) […]