Sermons 2014

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December 2014

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 25th December 2014

Sermon theme:

Shepherds. Listen to Tim's Christmas morning sermon.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 22nd December 2014

Today's readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 Luke 1:26-38

Sermon theme:

Angels. Read through our passage from Luke's Gospel. Tim expands on Mary's encounter with the Angel Gabriel.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 14th December 2014

Today's readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-end; John 1:6-8,19-28

Sermon theme:

John the Baptist. Read our Bible passage from St. John's gospel. Hilary explores gospel references to John the Baptist.

November 2014

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 30th November 2014

Today's readings: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-end

Sermon theme:

Uncertainty & change. Is there a remedy for living in "Interesting Times"?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 23rd November 2014

Today's readings: Colossians 3:12-17; Matthew 24:30-35

Sermon theme:

Peace & forgiveness. Read through our passage from Paul's letter to the Colossians. Tim discusses the general accepted behaviour in Collossae at the time Paul wrote this letter and how Christians should differ from this in the way we should "clothe" ourselves: with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience & love.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 16th November 2014

Today's readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon theme:

Gifts from God. Consider our second reading of the parable of the talents from Matthew's Gospel. Elizabeth discusses God's gifts and what we do with them.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 9th November 2014

Today's readings: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-end; Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon theme:

Remembrance Sunday. Read through our passage from Matthew's Gospel. Tim considers the parable of the wise & foolish bridesmaids in the context of Remembrance Sunday.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 2nd November 2014

Today's readings: Revelation 7:9-end; Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon theme:

Saints. On this All Saints Day Elizabeth considers the Saints. What would it be like if they came to our Church?

October 2013

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 26th October 2014

Today's readings: Leviticus 19:1-2;15-18; Matthew 22:34-end

Sermon theme:

Words. Peter examines our two Bible readings, considering the word Love.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 19th October 2014

Today's readings: Proverbs 4:1-18; 1 John 3:16-4:6

Sermon theme:

Loving obedience in action. Read through our passage from John's letter:

  • Renounce sin.
  • Be obedient.
  • Reject worldliness.
  • Be loving.

alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks (8:30am service) 19th October 2014

Today's readings: 2 Timothy 4:5-17; Luke 10:1-9

Sermon theme:

The mission of the Seventy. Read our passage from Luke's Gospel. Alison considers the healing mission of the Seventy.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 12th October 2014

Today's readings: Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Sermon theme:

Watch our relationships. Read through our passage from Paul's letter to the Philippeans:

  • Watch our relationship with God.
  • Watch our relationships with others.
  • Watch what we think.

Laura Ward

Laura Ward

Laura Ward (6pm service) 5th October 2014

Today's readings: Ezekiel 37:15-end; 1 John 2:22-end

Sermon theme:

God's way or the world's way? Read 1 John 2:22-end. Laura explores this passage.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 5th October 2014

Today's readings: Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-end

Sermon theme:

Keep going and rejoice! How do we do that? Read through our passage from Paul's letter to the Philippeans. Have no confidence in self but confidence in Christ.

September 2014

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 28th September 2014

Today's readings: Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Sermon theme:

Parable of the two sons. Read our Bible passage from St. Mark's gospel. Hilary explores both the parable and the contexts of time and place in which Jesus told it.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 21st September 2014

Today's reading: Luke 9:11-17

Sermon theme:

Feeding the 5000. On this Back to Church Sunday Elizabeth considers how the 5000 would be similar to our own Church family: going on to imagine how it would be if the risen Lord came to live in our house.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 14th September 2014

Today's readings: Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon theme:

Have we "missed the mark"? Peter considers how we fall short when we judge others.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 7th September 2014

Today's readings: Romans 13:8-end; Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon theme:

Do what you want: what do you want? Having responded to God's love, what we want should have changed. Tim explains how alarming this was to the early Christians, who were brought up to expect salvation by following the law.

August 2014

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 17th August 2014

Today's readings: Colossians 1:15-21; John 1:1-14

Sermon theme:

What are we supposed to believe? What is God like? Read our passage from Paul's letter to the Colossians. Tim explores this question and more.

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton (8:30am service) 10th August 2014

Today's readings: Romans 10:5-15; Luke 15:11-32

Sermon theme:

The prodigal (or lost) son. Read our passage from Luke's Gospel. Trevor continues our theme of reconciliation based on this familiar parable.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 3rd August 2014

Today's readings: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21; John 17:20-23

Sermon theme:

Reconciliation. Read our passage from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. Tim discusses how we are reconciled to God and to each other.

July 2014

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 27th July 2014

Today's readings: Romans 8:26-end; Matthew 13:31-33;44-52

Sermon theme:

Striving. Read our passage from Paul's letter to the Romans. Tim considers Christians' striving and how worthwhile the love of God makes this.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 20th July 2014

Today's readings: Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30;36-43

Sermon theme:

Family. Elizabeth considers families: close families, independent families and how they can be similar to our Church family.

Jan Leeming

Jan Leeming

Jan Leeming (8:30am service) 13th July 2014

Today's readings: Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9;18-23

Sermon theme:

The Parable of the Sower. Start by reading our passage from Matthew's Gospel. Jan explores this parable in detail.

June 2014

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 29th June 2014

Today's readings: Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-end

Sermon theme:

Slaves. Slaves of sin or obedience to God?

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 22nd June 2014

Today's readings: Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Sermon theme:

Change. Are you one who is comfortable the way things are, or do you relish the challenge of change?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 15th June 2014

Today's readings: 2 Corinthians 13:11-end; Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon theme:

Trinity Sunday. Tim discusses the mystery of the three-in-one Godhead.

alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks (8:30am service) 8th June 2014

Today's readings: Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39

Sermon theme:

Pentecost. Old, established, traditional & familiar vs new, innovative, different & fresh.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 1st June 2014

Today's readings: Acts 1:6-14; John 17:1-11

Sermon theme:

Waiting. Jesus orders His disciples to wait.

May 2014

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 25th May 2014

Today's readings: Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21

Sermon theme:

Paul and the Athenians. Read this morning's passage from Acts. Hilary explains the key points from Paul's address.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 18th May 2014

Today's readings: 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

Sermon theme:

Three questions. Elizabeth considers the meanings of our passage from John's gospel, concluding with three challenging questions.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (6pm service) 4th May 2014

Today's readings: Haggai 1:13-2:9; 1 Corinthians 3:10-17

Sermon theme:

Buildings. Hilary reflects on the building of the Jerusalem Temple in Haggai and Paul's use of the metaphor of the temple to describe Christ's Church in his first letter to the Corinthians.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 4th May 2014

Today's readings: 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35

Sermon theme:

But we had hoped.... Tim continues to relate events from Easter Day with Luke's account of Jesus' appearance on the road to Emmaus.

April 2014

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (6pm service) 27th April 2014

Sermon theme:

Healing and Wholeness:

  • The hope of God's calling.
  • God's riches in His holy people.
  • God's power.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 27th April 2014

Today's readings: 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-end

Sermon theme:

Christ's mission. Jesus' instructions to His disciples (then and now) after they receive the Holy Spirit.

Kathleen Price

Kathleen Price

Kathleen Price (6pm service) 20th April 2014

Today's readings: Revelation 1:12-18; Matthew 28:1-10

Sermon theme:

Facts and truth. Kathleen examines the Easter story.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 20th April 2014

Today's readings: Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18

Sermon theme:

Christ is risen! Rejoice in the story of Easter Morning.

Extracts from 3 hours at the foot of the cross.
Good Friday Reflections 18th April 2014

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus is mocked by the soldiers
  3. Jesus takes up his cross
  4. Jesus is crucified
  5. Jesus dies on the cross
  6. Jesus is taken down from the cross

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (7:30pm service) 17th April 2014

Sermon theme:

Maunday Thursday. Hilary explains the cleansing event of foot-washing during the Last Supper.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 13th April 2014

Today's reading: Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11

Sermon theme:

Palm Sunday. Robert considers the start of Holy Week. The week that was the climax of all that Jesus had come to do on earth.

March 2014

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 30th March 2014

Today's readings: Colossians 3:12-17; John 19;25b-27

Sermon theme:

Mothering Sunday. Tim compares a Mother's love with the nurturing love of God. In our reading from Paul's letter to the Collosians we are invited to clothe ourselves in the properties of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 23rd March 2014

Today's readings: Romans 5:1-11;13-17; John 4:5-42

Sermon theme:

Are we estranged from others? Tim considers how Jesus reaches out to all of us - including those on the fringes of society - in the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.

Laura Ward

Laura Ward

Laura Ward (6pm service) 16th March 2014

Today's readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Luke 14:27-33

Sermon theme:

What are we prepared to give up for God? Read Luke 14:25-33. Consider what Jesus asks of us, then listen as Laura expands on this theme.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 16th March 2014

Today's readings: Romans 4:1-5;13-17; John 3:1-17

Sermon theme:

Born Again! Are we as confused as Nicodemus? Tim explores our reading from John's Gospel concerning this concept of being born again (or from above).

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 9th March 2014

Today's readings: Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon theme:

Lent. Robert considers the Church season of Lent and how we celebrate it.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 2nd March 2014

Today's readings: Psalm 84; 2 Kings 2:1-12; Matthew 17: (1-8) 9-23

Sermon theme:

What does God want us to accomplish here at St Leonard's in the year ahead?

  • We should put our faith into practice to see God's rule "break in".
  • We all need rescuing - know your enemy (Satan).
  • We don't need big faith - faith the size of a mustard seed is sufficient but it is where we put our faith which is important.
  • Jesus has chosen to work through people (us).

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (10am service) 2nd March 2014

Today's readings: Exodus 24:12-end; Psalm 2; 2 Peter1:16-end; Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon theme:

The Transfiguration. Peter considers this and other crux points in Jesus' ministry and the leading to an understanding who Jesus is.

February 2014

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (10:30am service) 27th February 2014

Sermon theme:

Teach me my God and King. Robert explores George Herbert's hymn. Consider the words as you listen to the sermon:

  1. Teach me my God and King,
    in all things thee to see;
    and what I do in anything
    to do it as for thee.
  2. A man that looks on glass,
    on it may stay his eye;
    or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
    and then the heaven espy.
  3. All may of thee partake;
    nothing can be so mean,
    which with this tincture, "for thy sake,"
    will not grow bright and clean.
  4. A servant with this clause
    makes drudgery divine:
    who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
    makes that and the action fine.
  5. This is the famous stone
    that turneth all to gold;
    for that which God doth touch and own
    cannot for less be told.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 23rd February 2014

Today's readings: Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 6:25-end

Sermon theme:

Science and Religion. Starting with the first verses of Genesis, in the second of two sermons, Peter discusses religion and it's relationship with Science.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 16th February 2014

Today's readings: Amos 3:1-8; Ephesians 5:1-17

Sermon theme:

Science and Religion. Starting with the first verses of Genesis and St John's Gospel, in the first of two sermons, Peter discusses Science. Why did Aunt Matilda bake her cake?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 16th February 2014

Today's readings: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

Sermon theme:

The Sermon on the Mount. Do we need to tie up our goat and head back to Gallilee? Tim explains how the rule of God is not there to place impossible demands on us but to allow us to flourish.

alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks (8:30am service) 9th February 2014

Today's readings: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20

Sermon theme:

Salt, light, the law and the prophets. Alison contrasts Jesus' teaching (as related in Mathew's gospel) with the teaching of Paul (in his letter to the Corinthians).

Kathleen Price

Kathleen Price

Kathleen Price (6pm service) 2nd February 2014

Today's readings: Haggai 2:1-9; John 2:18-22

Sermon theme:

Rebuilding the Temple. Kathleen explores the physical rebuilding of the Temple and the resurrection of Christ.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 2nd February 2014

Today's readings: Malachi 3:1-5; Hebrews 2: 14-end; Luke 2:22-40

Sermon theme:

The presentation of Christ at the Temple. Hilary strongly suggests you have your Bible or New Testament to hand while you listen to this sermon.

January 2014

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 26th January 2014

Today's readings: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

Sermon theme:

Jesus the Revolutionary. Peter discusses the various characters and traits of Jesus' Disciples and asks what can He do with us?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 19th January 2014

Today's readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

Sermon theme:

The Calling of the Disciples. Tim considers some of the disciples and the contributions they have made.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 12th January 2014

Today's readings: Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-end

Sermon theme:

The Baptism of Christ. Think about your own baptism and the start of the new year with it's attendant resolutions.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 5th January 2014

Today's readings: Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon theme:

The visit of the Magi. Hilary considers our reading from Mathew and contrasts with the events of Easter.