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Sermons by Canon Simon Cowling (Page 2)

The Rector: One in heart and soul

Second Sunday of Easter 08 April 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist Canon Simon Cowling Acts 4. 32-35; John 20. 19 – end   When the Chancellor of the Exchequer rises to give his Budget speech (and we have not yet had a woman Chancellor) he traditionally precedes the announcement of his detailed fiscal intentions with an […]

The Rector: Our uncontainable God

The Fourth Sunday in Lent 11 March 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist; Mothering Sunday Canon Simon Cowling Exodus 2. 1-10; John 19. 25b-27 I ask you to visit the cathedral. If (the statue) shocks you as much as it did me, then write to the Bishop of the diocese and tell him so. This was the […]

The Rector: What’s your perspective?

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine March 2018 What’s your perspective? Past put behind us, for the future take us: Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone. Those familiar words from the hymn Lord for the years offer a conventional perspective on the passage of time: the future is what lies before us; […]

The Rector: The many faces of hypocrisy

14 February 2018 Ash Wednesday 19.00 Sung Eucharist Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 58. 1-12; John 8. 1-11 Like all of you, no doubt, I have been both angered and shocked by the recent revelations about Oxfam staff using prostitutes in Haiti, Chad, and possibly elsewhere. Oxfam, almost by definition, seeks to embody virtuous behaviour as […]

The Rector: And Anna came too

The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) 28 January 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist Canon Simon Cowling Malachi 3. 1-5; Luke 2. 22-40   The rabbis tell the story of a teacher, Honi, who lived some six hundred years before Christ. Honi was walking one day in the hills near Jerusalem when heavy rains forced him to take […]

The Rector: Being Valentine

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine February 2018 Being Valentine On 14 February 1381 the fourteen year old king of England, Richard II, celebrated his engagement to Anne of Bohemia. Geoffrey Chaucer supposedly wrote his poem, The Parliament of Fowls, to celebrate this event – hence these lines in the poem: For this was on […]