The Priory Church, Bolton Abbey


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 […]

Revd Martin Wray: The puzzle of God’s Kingdon

15 October 2017 10.30 Sung Eucharist Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity Revd Martin Wray Isaiah 25. 1-9; Matthew 22. 1-14 Several years ago, when I was in local church ministry, there appeared on the church bookstall a book entitled, ‘101 things to do during a dull sermon.’ To my dismay it quickly became a best-seller – […]

The Rector: Joy in the Morning

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine October 2017 Joy in the Morning I regard each day as an orange that has to have as much juice squeezed out of it as possible, and when I finish squeezing one day’s orange I go to bed and wait for the next day’s orange. I have been listening […]

Revd Jonathan Cain: Be not deaf

01 October 2017 Trinity 16 Revd Jonathan Cain Ezekiel 18: 1-4 & 25-end, Matthew 21: 23-32 In 1977 a young man aged 16 stood up at the Conservative Party conference and gave a speech that the then leader, Margaret Thatcher later described as thrilling. The young man was of course William Hague; the speech was […]