Sermons 2013

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December 2013

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (10am service) 25th December 2013

Sermon theme:

Are we open to God? Have we closed ourselves down or are we open to new things which God can do? Consider the transforming possibility of change which God brings.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 15th December 2013

Today's readings: Isaiah 5:8-end; Acts 13:13-41; John 5:31-40

Sermon theme:

Come to Jesus this Christmas. Peter contrasts different styles of Christmas celebration and asks us to consider it's true meaning.

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton (8:30am service) 15th December 2013

Today's readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon theme:

Visual church. Advent is a very visual time of year. Trevor explores references from our readings concerning things visual.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 8th December 2013

Today's readings: Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon theme:

The Way of the Lord. Do we have "that way about us" that marks us out as Christians?

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 1st December 2013

Today's readings: Isaiah 52:1-12; Matthew 24:15-28

Sermon theme:

The Anticipation of Advent. Hilary explores this evening's readings with respect to anticipation of different events.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 1st December 2013

Today's readings: Romans 13:11-end; Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon theme:

Do you know what time it is? Robert examines our passage from Paul's letter to the Romans.

November 2013

alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks (6pm service) 24th November 2013

Today's reading: John 5:1-15

Sermon theme:

Do you want to be made well? Alison explores the story of the healing of the paralysed man at the pool of Bethesda. What is the distinction between healing and a cure?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (10am service) 24th November 2013

Today's readings: Jeremiah 23:5-8; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Sermon theme:

Father, forgive. Prepare to listen to this sermon by reading our passage from the Gospel of Luke. On this Sunday of Christ the King, Tim considers the phrase Father, forgive, from our reading from Luke to the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 17th November 2013

Today's readings: Daniel 6; Matthew 13:1-9;18-23

Sermon theme:

Stand up for God. Tim considers the story of Daniel in the Lion's den and Christian martyrs.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 10th November 2013

Today's readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-end; Luke 20:27-38

Sermon theme:

Stand firm and hold tight! Tim explores Paul's instruction to the Thessalonians.

October 2013

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 27th October 2013

Today's readings: 2 Timothy 4:6-8;16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Sermon theme:

The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Tim continues our series from Luke.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 20th October 2013

Today's readings: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

Sermon theme:

Encouragement from Timothy. Tim starts with our reading from Paul's second letter to Timothy encouraging us to make use of the Bible and share it with others. He goes on to consider the parable from Luke of the persistent widow and the unjust judge and how we should apply this to our prayer life.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (10am service) 13th October 2013

Today's readings: Jeremiah 29:1;4-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Sermon theme:

The healing of the ten lepers. Peter starts with our reading from Luke concerning the story of the ten lepers. He goes on to explore the importance of being what God wants us to be.

September 2013

Kath Batte

Kath Batte

Kath Batte (8:30am service) 29th September 2013

Today's readings: 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:1-13

Sermon theme:

Choices. Kath discusses the choices God puts before us and the importance of making the correct choices.

Ven Peter Hill

Ven Peter Hill

Peter Hill (8:30am service) 22nd September 2013

Today's readings: Colossians 1:15-20; John 6:41-51

Sermon theme:

Sky and Cosmos. As part of our creation series of semons, Peter Considers Jesus Christ as "The Cosmic One", with authority over all things..

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (10am service) 15th September 2013

Today's readings: Genesis 2:8-17; Acts 17:22-28; Matthew 7:12-20

Sermon theme:

Creation & feeling. Peter starts with our reading from Genesis concerning creation. The reading from Acts describes Paul's visit to the talking shop of Athens where Paul exhorts us to "Feel after God". A thought-provoking concept in contrast with all the usual visual images of creation.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 8th September 2013

Today's readings: Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

Sermon theme:

The cost of being a disciple. Can you give up everything to become Jesus' disciple?

August 2013

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 25th August 2013

Today's readings: Hebrews 12:18-end; Luke 13:10-17

Sermon theme:

Sabbath observance. Peter explores our reading from Luke concerning keeping the Sabbath holy.

Tony Cardwell

Rev Tony Cardwell

Tony Cardwell (10am service) 7th July 2013

Today's readings: Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56

Sermon theme:

Rest & Relaxation. In this summer holiday period, the Reverend Tony contrasts the peace we long for with the division outlined in our reading from Luke's gospel.

Charlie Barber

Charlie Barber

Charlie Barber (6pm service) 11th August 2013

Today's readings: Isaiah 11:10-12 end; 2 Corinthians 1:1-22

Sermon theme:

Peacemakers. Charlie challenges us to get on with all our brothers & sisters in Christ. (Who is the difficult person you would least like to sit next to for eternity?)

Kath Batte

Kath Batte

Kath Batte (8:30am service) 11th August 2013

Today's readings: Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16; Luke 12:32-40

Sermon theme:

Faith. Kath explores God's promises for the future and how past promises have been fulfilled.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 4th August 2013

Today's readings: Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Sermon theme:

Targets & Achievements. What is it that a believer does as a result of their relationship with Christ?

Ven Peter Hill

Ven Peter Hill

Peter Hill (10am service) 4th August 2013

Today's readings: Exodus 14:5-31; Matthew 7:7-11

Sermon theme:

Crossing the Red Sea. Peter continues our theme of "Summer by the Sea" with the story of Moses and the Israelites' escape from Egypt. This is a presentation including interaction with our all-age congregation, discussing fears and heroes.

July 2013

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 28th July 2013

Today's readings: Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13

Sermon theme:

How does your garden grow? A discussion of how our faith is rooted. How is our faith growing in this green Trinity season?

Ven Peter Hill

Ven Peter Hill

Peter Hill (8:30am service) 21st July 2013

Today's readings: Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-end

Sermon theme:

Mary & Martha. Are you reflective or active?

Kath Batte

Kath Batte

Kath Batte (8:30am service) 14th July 2013

Today's readings: Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Sermon theme:

The parable of the Good Samaritan. Kath explains how Jesus' stories make us think "outside the box" about healing ministry.

Tony Cardwell

Rev Tony Cardwell

Tony Cardwell (10am service) 7th July 2013

Today's readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-end

Sermon theme:

Naaman & Elisha. The Reverend Tony explains several lessons which can be drawn from this old Testament story from 2 Kings.

June 2013

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 30th June 2013

Today's readings: Psalm 60; Genesis 27:1-40

Sermon theme:

Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob & Esau. The third sermon in a series from Genesis. A story of blessing.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (8:30am service) 30th June 2013

Today's readings: Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-end

Sermon theme:

Freedom and the law. Peter explores Paul's letter to the Galations (introducing the Antinomian Heresy) and goes on to consider the fruits of the Spirit.

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson (6pm service) 23rd June 2013

Today's readings: Acts 14:8-15; 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9

Sermon theme:

Saint Paul. In our monthly Wholeness and Healing service, Elaine considers Paul's healing of others and his own physical suffering.

Kath Batte

Kath Batte

Kath Batte (8:30am service) 23rd June 2013

Today's readings: 1 Kings 19:1-15a; Luke 9:26-39

Sermon theme:

Job Descriptions. The job description for a disciple? Elijah on the run (and "burnt-out"). Time for rest and taking time out.

Susan Bell

Susan Bell

Susan Bell (6pm service) 16th June 2013

Today's readings: Psalm 52 ; Genesis 13; Mark 4:21-end

Sermon theme:

Genesis. Susan examines the story of Abraham's journey to Canaan and disputes over land. The second in a series of sermons from the book of Genesis.

Right Revd Paul Butler

Right Revd Paul Butler

Bishop Paul (10am service) 9th June 2013

Today's readings: 1 Kings 17:17-end; Galatians 1:11-end; Luke 7:11-17

Sermon theme:

Uncertainty. Read the bible passage from 1 Kings before listening to this sermon. Bishop Paul recounts the story of Elijah, exploring the themes of uncertainty and hospitality.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 9th June 2013

Today's readings: Galatians 1:11-end; Luke 7:11-17

Sermon theme:

Galatians. Hilary introduces Paul's letter to the Galatians. (The first of a series.)

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (10am service) 2nd June 2013

Today's readings: 1 Kings 8:22-23,41-43; Philippians 4:1-9; Luke 7:1-10

Sermon theme:

Jerry's Farewell Sermon.Concluding St Paul's letter to the church at Philippi. Thanksgiving: appreciating life as a gift; the antidote to anxiety.

May 2013

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 26th May 2013

Today's readings: Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Sermon theme:

The divine community of love.Trinity Sunday sermon.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (7:30pm service) 9th May 2013

Today's readings: Acts 11:1-18; Philippeans 1:3-11; John 13:31-35

Sermon theme:

The comings and goings of God. Ascension Day sermon.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 5th May 2013

This evening's readings: Psalm 126; Zephaniah 3:14-end

Sermon theme:

Today is Rogation Sunday. An explanation of it's origins. What should we ask of God? What does God ask of us?

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (10am service) 5th May 2013

Today's readings: Acts 11:1-18; Philippeans 1:3-11; John 13:31-35

Sermon theme:

Phillippians. Exploring St Paul's letter to the church at Philippi. Includes discussion of the balance between busy church and a more contemplative style of worship.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (8:30am service) 5th May 2013

Today's readings: Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29

Sermon theme:

Comings and goings. During the transitional period of Easter to Pentecost, the disciples gradually realised Jesus was both about to leave them and about to be with them as never before. This was something he had talked about at the Last Supper, but only now are they beginning to understand. So here at St Leonard's today, despite all the comings and goings, Jesus has promised to be with us and the Holy Spirit will guide us. (Read the 7 verses from St John's Gospel before listening to Peter's sermon. Focus on verse 23. You may want to listen to this more than once. I did. - JS.)

April 2013

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 28th April 2013

Today's readings: Acts 11:1-18; John 13:31-35

Sermon theme:

Community. Exploring the history and meaning of a loving Christian community.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (6pm service) 21st April 2013

Sermon theme:

Christ's final instructions to the desciples before His ascension. Rooted in the scriptures and active in mission.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 21st April 2013

Sermon theme:

Sheep. Have your bible open at chapter 10 of St John's Gospel to follow Peter's sermon.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 14th April 2013

Sermon theme:

New situations. Today we look resurrection stories from John and Luke.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 7th April 2013

Sermon theme:

The Garden of Eden. Hilary examines the Genesis account of the fall of man and reconciliation of man and God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first in a series of sermons from the book of Genesis.

Kath Batte

Kath Batte

Kath Batte (8:30am service) 7th April 2013

Sermon summary:

Vision/Mission Statements. Starting with St Leonard's Church Vision Statement, Kath goes on to explore Christ's Mission Statement to the Church.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (10:30am service) 4th April 2013

Sermon summary:

Our readings tell the story of the confused disciples in the upper room on Easter Day and the transformation of Peter and John to enable them to preach the resurrection message boldly at the Temple gate. Both stories show how understanding scripture can give us the confidence to preach a message of repentance and the forgiveness of sins and this may help us to think about both how we manage our own church over the coming months and how we choose a new Rector.

March 2013

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (6pm service) 31st March 2013

Sermon theme:

Easter Day. Today we look at 1 Corinthians chapter 15 discussing ressurection and redemption.

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Mieke Gaynor (8:30am service) 31st March 2013

Sermon theme:

Easter Day. Mieke bids Wollaton farewell with her celebration of the Easter story.

Ven Peter Hill

Ven Peter Hill

Extracts from 3 hours at the foot of the cross.
Good Friday 29th March 2013

Theme:

The Hidden People of the Passion.

  1. Introduction
  2. Good Friday a poem by Dick Williams (part 1)
  3. The Young Man
  4. Pilate's Wife
  5. Simon Of Cyrene
  6. The Penitent Thief
  7. Joseph Of Arimathea
  8. Good Friday a poem by Dick Williams (part 2)

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 17th March 2013

Sermon theme:

The Passover Meal. Hilary considers parallels between preparation for the passover meal in 2 Chronicles 35 and Luke 22.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (8:30am service) 17th March 2013

Sermon theme:

Love's Expense. An exploration of the supper with Mary and Martha in John chapter 12. Mary understands the costly and adundant love which Jesus is about to offers us on the cross and she shows this by her own extravagant gesture of love. Different responses by others in the room indicate some of the ways we might react too. But Mary knows that love should not be held back, but expressed now, and rather than always asking Jesus for something there is a time to say; "Thank you!" Passiontide shows God's abundant grace cascading like rich perfume into our lives and Holy Week is an invitation to follow and witness this gift.

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Mieke Gaynor (10am New Horizons service) 10th March 2013

Extract from talk:

Mother's Day talk. Mieke interacts with younger members of the congregation, discussing the story of Samuel.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 3rd March 2013

Sermon summary:

Starting with the calling of the Disciples, focussing on Nathaniel. Peter goes on to explore biblical references to apostles & angels.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 3rd March 2013

Sermon theme:

My Song is love unknown. Continuing our series of Lent sermons. Today we look at God's people losing their way when they experience pressure or disorientation - and how God waits for our repentance.

February 2013

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (6pm service) 24th February 2013

Sermon theme:

An exploration of Jesus' healing of a leper (in Mark Chapter 1) leads us to consider attitudes to illness, our understanding of God's wish for healing and our need to be challenged about how we see Jesus.

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Mieke Gaynor (8:30am service) 24th February 2013

Sermon theme:

My Song is love unknown. Continuing our series of Lent sermons. Today we look at God's gathering love. Considers how Jesus' love gathers together those around him.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (6pm service) 17th February 2013

Sermon theme:

Lent. Jerry starts his sermon with a question and answers from the congregation. (Spontaneous, no mic for the congregation but audible.) The sermon continues with further exploration of Christ's temptations.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 17th February 2013

Sermon theme:

My Song is love unknown. Starting a series of Lent sermons. Exploring the love of God as seen in the life of Jesus. Reflection on today's gospel reading (the temptation narrative) and how it shows Jesus living this faithful commitment of love.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 10th February 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Continuing the series of sermons on our calling. Generosity explored in the context of theology. How our discipleship should mirror God's giving (today in the context of Lent).

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Mieke Gaynor (6pm service) 3rd February 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Continuing the series of sermons on our calling. The Candlemass Bible readings tell of Christ's presentation at the temple as a child. Discussion of generous living and reflection on the generosity of God.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (6pm service) 3rd February 2013

Discussion:

Jerry leads a discussion. A question and answer session on how our church is financed.

January 2013

Pat Broxham

Pat Broxham

Pat Broxham (6pm service) 27th January 2013

Sermon theme:

From our monthly Wholeness and Healing service. Pat reflects on one of Christ's own acts of healing from Mark chapter 2 when a paralytic man is lowered through the roof by his friends. Just as this man was brought to Jesus by his friends, so we in our prayers may bring our friends into Christ's healing presence. When we are struggling oursleves, we may also find that it is through our friends that Jesus' healing and peace is conveyed to us.

Revd Kathryn Herrod

Revd Kathryn Herrod

Kathryn Herrod (10am service) 27th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Continuing the series of sermons on our calling. Kathryn rises to the challenge of preaching on the topic of vocation using the set Epiphany readings and including her experiences in Burundi.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 27th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Continuing our exploration of our common calling (baptism) and the particular calling of our own discipleship through our various individual gifts. Includes discussion of mission statements.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis (8:30am service) 20th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Exploring St Paul's image of the church as a body of many parts - a body in which unseen and apparently unimportant parts are still vital. Drawing on Paul's letter to the Corinthians to help us think about our own roles within the wider church family, the theme is linked with the gospel of the day: John's account of the wedding at Cana. Just as Jesus took the ordinary things available (jars of water) and used the obedience of common servants to turn them into the finest wine, so ordinary gifts and common people (you and I!) can be transformed in Christ's service.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (10am service) 13th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Exploring calling in common terms of baptism and also in the context of particular personal calling.

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Revd Mieke Gaynor

Mieke Gaynor (8:30am service) 13th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Discussing baptism generally and specifically celebrating the baptism of Christ.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 6th January 2013

Sermon theme:

Continuing our series of sermons from the Old Testament, this evening's sermon covers The Babylon Years in Exile.

Revd Jerry Lepine

Revd Jerry Lepine

Jerry Lepine (8:30am service) 6th January 2013

Sermon theme:

A Generous Calling. Calling to the Christian Church in general terms and in the context of Epiphany.