St Margaret of Antioch,Binsey Sermons

Here can be found sermons given at services at St Margaret's church in Binsey.

2018

  • Palm Sunday. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the field. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
  • Easter Sunday. And it came to pass, as he sat eating with them. He took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.
  • 4th Sunday of Easter. This document contains two sermons. Morning: Many passages in the Hebrew Bible proclaim that only if the people behave according to the Divine ordinance, will they receive God’s favour and love; if they do not they will be punished. Evening: Each of the constituent countries of the British Isles has a patron saint. Scotland has an Apostle, St Andrew; Ireland has St Patrick who though a Roman Britain certainly evangelised in Ireland or at least the north part of it; Wales has in St David one of the very many insular saints of whom there are plenty in every part of our islands.
  • 5th Sunday of Easter. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth; and gross darkness the peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising
  • 6th Sunday of Easter. I slept, but my heart was awake. Listen: my beloved is knocking. 'Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.'
  • Pentecost. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances
  • 2nd Sunday of Trinity Thus saith the Lord, Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk in it, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it.
  • 3rd Sunday of Trinity Do not trust in these deceptive words: 'This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord'.
  • 4th Sunday of Trinity And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, 'Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'
  • 5th Sunday of Trinity God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of any living being
  • 7th Sunday of Trinity Fight to the death for truth, and the Lord God will fight for you
  • 8th Sunday of Trinity We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
  • Transfiguration 'Father, glorify your name'. Then a voice came from heaven,'I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.'
  • 11th Sunday of Trinity Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings towards the south? Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
  • 12th Sunday of Trinity Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that confess his name.
  • 13th Sunday of Trinity [morning] Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
  • 13th Sunday of Trinity [evening] The Old Testament reading was another episode in the story of Moses. Last week we had the Burning Bush, when God revealed himself to Moses and commissioned him to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Next week it will be the Passover. Today, Moses meets Aaron in the wilderness.
  • 18th Sunday of Trinity Some small harvest
  • 20th Sunday of Trinity Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said,’ You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come ,follow me,’ When he heard this he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions
  • 22nd Sunday of Trinity If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?

2017

  • 22 January. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them light has shined.
  • 26 February. While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them. And from the cloud a voice said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!' When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Get up and do not be afraid.'
  • 26 March (2 sermons: morning and evening). (1) The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. (2) He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
  • 9 April. Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill.
  • 16 April. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father, and to your Father, to my God and your God.”’.
  • 23 April (2 sermons: morning and evening). (1) Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ (2) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
  • 30 April. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  • 7 May. So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep...Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture’
  • 14 May. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
  • 28 May. He has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
  • 4 June. Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine, give their full yield.
  • 11 June. Then said I. 'Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.'
  • 25 June. Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen. I will be exalted in the earth.
  • 2 July. I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine
  • 9 July. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down: for to day I must abide at thy house.
  • 16 July. Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it, and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever
  • 30 July. 'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches'
  • 27 August (2 sermons: morning and evening). (1) Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. (2) For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription. To the Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
  • 3 September Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision. Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace.
  • 10 September And there were seven sons of one Sceva....and the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
  • 17 September Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways
  • 15 October She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth her
  • 22 October Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; Let the whole earth tremble before him
  • 22 October What a mystery pervades a well. That water lives so far. A neighbour from another world, residing in a jar.
  • 26 November All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.
  • Christmas And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

2016

  • 24 January. The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul.
  • 28 February. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
  • 27 March. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give water in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
  • 3 April. O send out of thy holy heaven, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee. For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
  • 10 April. I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, though they die, will live.
  • 24 April. Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps; Fire and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing his will; Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars; Wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged birds.
  • 1 May. We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand.
  • 8 May. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it ? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God besideme? Yea, there is no God: I know not one.
  • 22 May. The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.
  • 5 June. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
  • 12 June. And he said unto them. Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed and not to be set on a candlestick?
  • 26 June. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
  • 10 July. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
  • 17 July. Even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place.
  • 31 July. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not.
  • 7 August. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
  • 14 August. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
  • 21 August. And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you; for the Lord is a God of judgement: blessed are all that wait for him.
  • 11 September. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
  • 16 October. Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise to the assembly of the faithful.
  • 27 November. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their sword into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
  • 25 December. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.