Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

The Jesse Tree

In St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny, is a medieval wooden sculpture known as the Jesse Tree depicting the history of the Jewish and Christian faiths. As we decorate our church Christmas tree we consider some of these anchor points of our faith.

Can you drink the cup I drink?

James and John ask Jesus whether they can sit at his right and left hand in his kingdom, and he responds by asking ‘can you drink the cup I drink?’ Such a simple question, like the questions that are asked at baptism, yet revealing that accepting Jesus is not to accept the easy path through life.

Amos on Social Injustice

This morning’s readings, from Amos chapter 5, calls on Israel to act justly, and Jesus talks about the difficulties of the rich young man. Rana looks at these readings from three angles: A call to review your theology A call to challenge our economic systems A call to transform yourself

Who do you say I am?

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Gathering the Crumbs

The story of the Syrian woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter poses difficult questions about who the good news is intended for. Barry unpacks more of this story from Mark’s Gospel.

Jesus the Bread of Life

Jesus as the bread of life is a well known phrase. Here Rana explores some of the themes of sharing and justice associated with it, and how Jesus is just as essential to us as the very food we eat.