The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 9 September 2018

Last week in the US Open tennis championship, the Australian Nick Kyrgios, at that point a set and 0-3 down, let a couple of serves pass him without attempting to play them. The hugely experienced and respected umpire Mohamed Lahyani, wondering whether the player was having a physical spasm or a mental meltdown, got down from his chair and said to him, ‘You’re great for tennis. But this isn’t good. It’s not you.’

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 2 September 2018

Today’s Gospel reading seems, almost eerily, like a text specifically written for our troubled world. A text about outward virtue and inward corruption.  A text that shows it’s not what’s on the outside and goes in that is sinful; but what’s inside us that comes out. 

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Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 26 August 2018

I returned to St Martin’s yesterday from a holiday during which I visited in Chennai in India. Absence they say makes the heart grow fonder. There is truth in this. Yesterday I came into this church in the morning hungry not only for the quiet and beauty of this place but, disorientated and tired after my long flight and the experience I had been through

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The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 19 August 2018

“If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

That ‘if’, is a powerful word.  It’s the word that has underscored the covenant that God has with Israel. A covenant based on a relationship of trust and fidelity.  But Israel has decided it wants to be ruled by kings.

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The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 12 August 2018

Anger is back in fashion. The Trump supporters are angry. The Trump opponents are angry. The Brexiteers are constantly angry: angry with Europe, angry with Remainers, angry with mild Brexiteers, angry with each other. The Remainers are angry that more people don’t seem to be angry enough about it all.

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The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 5 August 2018

The story of David and Bathsheba comes at a crossroads moment in the Old Testament. Before this story come the calling of Abraham, the descent of Israel into Egypt under Joseph and its dramatic escape under Moses, the 40 years in the wilderness, the entry into the Promised Land under Joshua, the era of the judges, the anointing of King Saul and the zenith of Israel’s favour under David

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The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 29 July 2018

Jesus takes the child’s five loaves of bread and two fish, blesses them by giving thanks for them, breaks them for distribution by his disciples to the crowd, then asks his disciples to gather up the broken fragments of the meal in baskets so that none is wasted.

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Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 22 July 2018

On Friday I was at my mother’s house. She needs full time care now, as she has dementia and no mobility and my younger brother who cares for her like a saint is away on holiday.

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Address given at the Funeral of Sibyl Allen

Wednesday 18 July 2018

In the October November issue of the St Martin’s Review 1996 there is an article about Sibyl. The title of the article is “If in doubt ask Sibyl” That I think would be a very fitting epitaph for a woman who became a St Martin’s legend. Sibyl’s family connections with St Martin-in-the-Fields go back to 1910 when her mother Rose Saxby first began attending services here.

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