Fr David’s Sermon Midnight Mass, Christmas 2015
The Gospel we have just heard is about two kingdoms. There is the kingdom of Cesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who calls a census of the entire world. Alongside this vast kingdom which seeks consolidation another king appears: the infant who is to be found in a manger.Read More
Dear Friends, All I want for Christmas… There are plenty of songs about what people long for at Christmas: My grandmother used to sing ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…;’ the more modern song goes, ‘all I want for Christmas is you!’ Friends and relations will ask us what we want for Christmas, anxious to get the present buying right. Actually what we really need to … Read more Christmas letter from Revd Catherine HaynesRead More
Fr David’s sermon 15 November 2015 – after the Paris attacks
So what is our response to be? Jesus tell us that the pain is the beginning of the birth pangs. The whole point of the Christian story is summed up thus:
“While we were yet his enemies, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5: 6-10) In other words, God shows love for us precisely by putting off the divine power that we crave.
Fr David’s sermon, 18 October 2015 at St Thomas’ Church
“…cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’.”
Why do we come to Church? Why are we do we call ourselves Christian? The answer to those questions lie within the celebration of St. Luke held thoughout the Church today.
Exploring the Mystery… By Catherine
Over the past few months, a number of people have expressed an interest in finding out more about our liturgy: to know the ways we can find meaning and faith in worship; and to deepen our spiritual understanding of the words and actions we offer to God each week.
As some of you may know, the study of liturgy is rather an enthusiasm of mine…
Sermon preached by the Rev’d Catherine Haynes at the Welsh Eucharist on 19th September, 2015, at St Thomas. ‘Tangnefedd’ (Pronounced tang – nev – eth: Peace, Jim, but not as we know it!) (The living Word came down from heaven to earth, died on the Cross and lives in my heart) It’s good that there are so many Welsh learners here today, because Welsh is the language of heaven and … Read more TangnefeddRead More
At the heart of Anglican worship is the Holy Communion service; the Eucharist (the thanksgiving meal); the Mass (the sending out to do God’s work). The breaking open of the Word followed by the breaking of bread and pouring of wine shared amongst God’s people…Read More