Sermons by Mairwen Large
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.
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]
With the Tower of Babel, God deals with rebellious humankind by giving them different languages so they can no longer understand each other. In Acts 2 we see all those different languages being used by the Spirit to tell the world about Jesus. What once divided, now unites.
In John 10:1-10 Jesus talks about being the good shepherd, and the need for us to recognise his voice. But how do we do that? Where do we start?
The prophets were men of God who were open channels for the messages that God had to share with mankind. They were not predicting the future – they were waiting for the time when God’s promise to the Patriarchs would come to fruition.