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Sermons by Canon Simon Cowling (Page 3)

The Rector: New Beginnings

31 December 2017 10.30 Sung Eucharist The First Sunday of Christmas Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 61.10 – 62.3; Luke 2. 15-21 I used to smoke quite heavily. Illicitly purchased cigarettes, bought singly as a fifteen year old from a newsagent who chose to turn the proverbial blind eye, led to an addiction which lasted some […]

The Rector: The Word for the world

Christmas Eve 2017 23.30 Sung Eucharist Canon Simon Cowling Readings: Isaiah 9. 2-7; John 1. 1-14 Japan; Lebanon; Korea; Rumania; Latin America; Africa; Iraq; Slovakia. Whilst on a short post-Christmas break in Brussels at the start of 2017, I discovered that Christian communities living in the Belgian capital from all these, and other, countries and […]

The Rector: The calling of Mary

24 December 2017 10.30 Parish Eucharist The Fourth Sunday in Advent Canon Simon Cowling Romans 16.25-end; Luke 1.26-38 Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ God said, ‘I will be with you.’ The call of Moses is described at the start of […]

The Rector: Do your Wurst

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine December 2017 – January 2018 Do your Wurst In the middle of November the bakery chain Greggs launched andvent Calendar. Its publicity campaign included an image depicting the three wise men gathered around a crib containing a sausage roll. It is fair to say that reaction was mixed: the […]

The Rector: Reforming and renewing

29 October 2017 10.30 Sung Eucharist Twentieth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Leviticus 19. 1-2 & 15-18; Matthew 22. 34 – end This sermon began with the organ playing Martin Luther’s hymn tune for his translation of Psalm 46: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A mighty fortress is our God).A version may be accessed […]

The Rector: Remembering St Martin

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine November 2017 Remembering St Martin Though flowers have perished at the touch Of Frost, the early comer, I hail the season loved so much, The good St Martin’s summer. John Greenleaf Whittier, a nineteenth century American Quaker and poet, is best known as the author of the much-loved hymn […]

The Rector: Taxing questions

22 October 2017 10.30 Sung Eucharist Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 45. 1-7; Matthew 22. 15-22    The godless florin This was the name given to a coin struck by the Royal Mint in 1849. It was the United Kingdom government’s first attempt to simplify the nation’s coinage by decimalisation. The inscription […]