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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: Who do we think he is?

18 December 2016 10.30 Sung Eucharist Fourth Sunday in Advent Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 7. 10-16; Matthew 1. 18-end  My paternal grandfather was born in 1871 and died in 1936, nearly twenty-five years before I was born. When I was a boy he was a somewhat shadowy figure – but also rather exciting. He had […]

The Rector: Rethinking, reimagining, reordering

04 December 2016 10.30 Sung Eucharist and Baptism Second Sunday in Advent Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 11. 1-10; Matthew 3. 1-12  Which is the only professional football team in the United Kingdom to be named after St John the Baptist? Well, I hope that question has piqued your interest in my sermon sufficiently to ensure […]

The Rector: Nathan’s Story

20 December 2015 10.30 Priory Sung Eucharist The Fourth Sunday of Advent Canon Simon Cowling Micah 5. 2-5a; Luke 1. 39-45 The Blessed Virgin Mary. She is such a significant figure in the Christian tradition that it’s easy to forget, especially at this time of year, that she does not figure particularly prominently in the […]

The Rector: words, words, Word

06 December 2015: Advent 2 10.30 Sung Eucharist Canon Simon Cowling Baruch 5; Luke 3. 1-6 Words matter. IS, ISIL, ISIS, Daesh. Just what are we to call the murderous Salafist jihadi group whose brutal regime now covers an area of the Middle East the size of England and Wales? This debate has been one of […]