Sermons by Mairwen Large
One of the songs chosen for the baptism of baby Lucy was Sidney Carter’s One more step along the world I go. Mairwen reflects on baptism as the beginning of our journey of faith and how our faith sustains us.
As Christians, we know that when we have done wrong we can repent and receive forgiveness from God; but we must also accept that we cannot always undo the damage that we have done. Mairwen explores this conflict between grace and guilt as she reflects on Psalm 32 and the story of Zaccheus.
Today marks the Harvest Festival and, while giving thanks for the changing of the seasons and God’s provision for our needs, it is also a time for looking outwards at the needs of the world around us. Today we focused on our CMS partners, Fiona and Joel Kelling in Jordan.
Luke’s gospel recounts the strange story of Jesus’ journey up the mountain with Peter, James and John, where he appears in blinding light with Moses and Elijah and the voice of God is heard from a cloud. Our own stories are much less dramatic but nevertheless important.
At Candlemas we celebrate the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple as told in Luke 2, and especially his welcome by two people, Simeon and Anna, who had been waiting faithfully for a lifetime to see the fulfilment of God’s promise through the prophets.
It’s that time of year again, when we take down the Christmas tree and think about the visit of the Magi, and Herod’s role in the story. Who knew that Herod’s first wife was called … ? You’ll have to listen to find out!
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.
Rules are necessary although sometimes they seem restrictive. Mairwen looks again at the Ten Commandments and the effect they had on Israel and have for us today. [pdf-embedder url=”https://crickhowellparish.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2018-09-02-AAW-Sermon.pdf” title=”2018-09-02 AAW Sermon”]
Paul and Silas were in prison, but were singing hymns to God in spite of everything they had suffered. What is that about?
We know relatively little about the Magi, when they arrived, how many there were or even whether they were all men. But we know they brought gifts and this point has resonances today.
The readings today tell us to watch carefully for the signs of the times, though it also says that only God Himself knows when the end of all things will be. Mairwen challenges us to be watchful, not just for signs but for the opportunities that God is also presenting to us. A video clip was shown during the sermon which you can see here
So as families up and down the country today are preparing for the onslaught of getting their children ready for school and sewing on the labels in to the new school uniform I thought I would reflect on how we teach and learn. It was in June 1987 – almost exactly 30 years ago – that I qualified as a teacher. In those days we spent a lot of time designing visual aids for our classes. I spent a whole… [Continue Reading]