Sermons (mostly based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Church of England)

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(All preached within Diocese of Birmingham, mostly at St Mark's, Londonderry)
(Additions in December, 2014, in red)

Advent 1, Year A (2004)  (Coming)
Advent 1, Year C (2003),  (Christ as God's pattern - he has died, presence - he has risen, promise - he will come again)
Advent 2, Year B
(2002)  (Practicing the presence of God)
Advent 3, Year A (2004)
  (Optimistically prepared by God to be surprised)

Advent 3, Year C (2012)
  (The Prophets bolster and clarify our understanding of Jesus )
Advent 4, Year A (2013)
  (What shall we be celebrating?)

Advent 4, Year C (2003)
  (In Christ God opens up for all his way
of mercy, righteousness, justice and peace.)
Christmas Day, Set III, Year B (2002)
n Jesus we have met the one who has made known the Father as the God who is Love)
Christmas 1, Year B (C of E Gospel) (2002)
(Incarnating God's love in everything that we do)
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (2003)
(The Holy Family and our support for families)
Epiphany 1 (Baptism of Christ), Year A (2008)  
(Like Jesus, we as God's Beloved are called to be lovers)
Epiphany_1 (Baptism of Christ) Year A (2011)
  (What Jesus reveals of God is, quite simply, love)
Epiphany 1 (Baptism of Christ), Year C 2010)
(As in the baptism, Luke emphasizes Jesus as depending on the Father through prayer.)
Epiphany 3, Year B (RCL, not C of E) (2012)
(To become a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth is to make God and his love our centre.)
Epiphany 4, Year C (C of E) (2013)
   (Paul says his  ministerial pattern is 'God-given' - but it has been changed over the years.)    
Fourth Sunday before Lent, Year A (Epiphany 6) (2011) (Look at  habits to see which ones ought to change)
Third Sunday before Lent, Year A 2006)
  (The wise/powerful/well-born pattern and Jesus' and our humanity)
Third Sunday before Lent, Year B (2003)
  (The right kind of faith)
Second Sunday before Lent, Year C 2007)
  (Sonship, image, and the wise-powerful-wellborn humanity)
Sunday next before Lent, Year B (2003)
  (Baptized in order to show forth God's glory in serving others.)
Sunday next before Lent, Year C (2004)
  (Transformed from glory to glory as we die to ourselves daily)
Sunday next before Lent, Year B: Stewardship (2012)
  (All are to honoured for what they can commit to the common cause.)
Ash Wednesday
(2003)   (Freed in Christ to be failures)
Lent 1, Year A, (2011)
(Biblically speaking, Jesus as human and as Son of God are the same thing.)
Lent 1, Year C (2013)
  (Luke presents Jesus as a counter-blast to the narrowness of the Essenes, etc.) 
Lent 2, Year B (2009)  (Faith includes both trusting obedience and acknowledging Jesus as the Way by following him)
Lent 3, Year B (2003) 
  (Freed by God's love to love our neighbour)

Lent 3, Year B (2012)
  (We have been given  the loving life, which is much more than mere forgiveness)
Lent 3, Year C (2004)
  (1 Cor 10.1-13 and the four sons)
Lent 4, Year C (2004)
  (Luke 15 and joyfully welcoming the 'outcast')

Lent 4, Year C, Mothering Sunday (2013)
  (As parents today is a day of both thanksgiving and penitence.) 
Lent 5, Year A (2011)
  (The Johannine 'I am' statements express what Jesus is for us)

Palm Sunday, Year B (2015)

Maundy Thursday (2003)
  (The sacraments free us to love and serve)

Easter Day, Year C (1998)
(Resurrection = Church, empowered to live in the Jesus style.)
Easter 2, Year C (2004)
  (Shift to 'Trinity'; Jesus has no merit)
Easter 2, Year C (2010) 
(We are called to witness with our whole being.) 
Easter 2, Year C (2013)
  (Basically, Christian prayer is primarily centred on the Father, not Jesus or the Spirit.)
Easter 3, Year B (2012)  (In Christ God makes his forgiveness known.)
Easter 4, Year A (2005)
  (My vocation [and how I came to it] and yours)
Easter 5, Year B (2012)
(It is going in the way with Jesus that makes the difference.)
Easter 6, Year A (2011)
(Let us ‘see’ the whole Jesus in our lives and in our life together.)
Easter 6, Year B (2003)
  (Luke-Acts (1)  keeps everyone onboard, (2) deflates the rigid, and (3) thus invites us to entertain new ways.)

Easter 7, Year A (2014)
  (We, the Easter people, accept biblical witness as poetic and confessional) Easter 7, Year B (2009)  (God's love reigning in our hearts casts out all our fears and frees us for witness.)
Easter 7, Year C
(2004) ('Going' in love and 'abiding' in love)
Easter 7, Year C (2007)  (In our pilgrimage we go with Jesus to the Father.) 
Easter 7, Year C (2013)
  (We keep on going because love frees us to keep on loving)
Pentecost, Year B (1997/2000/2003)
  (Luke, the Missioner, shifts the giving of the Spirit from Easter to Pentecost)

Pentecost, Year C (2004)  (Luke, the conservative and revolutionary 'inverter' who upsets apple carts)
Trinity Sunday (2012) 
(Rejoice: God loves us, Jesus shows us that love and the Spirit fills us with that love.) 
Proper 5, Yr  C, Track 1 (2013)  (Jesus as the last and greatest of the prophets)

Proper 6, Year A, Track 2 (2005)
  (We come to church to be free)
Proper 6, Year C, Track 1 (2004)  (We are freed from within to be walking-wounded, showing forth God)
Proper 8, Year A, Track 1 (2011)
(Binding of Isaac imagery in Paul and John concerns the depth and costliness of God's love for us.)
Proper 8, Year C, Track 1 (2010)
(We have been freed by love and empowered to love.)
Proper 9, Year C, Track 2 (2007)  (What kind of  'miracle' de we think accords with the Gospel in the twenty-first century?)
Proper 10, Year B, Track 2 (2012)  (God fits his chosen; human beings are rationalizers, not rational: we need godly disquiet.)
Proper 10, Year C, Track 1 (2004)
  (God fits his chosen; human beings are rationalizers, not rational: we need godly disquiet.)
Proper 11, Year B, Track 1 (2003)
  (We gather to be St Mark's, the temple made without hands.

Proper 11, Year B, Track 2, (2012) (note
(Jesus is our trustworthy Good Shepherd who goes before us)
Proper 13, Year A, Track 1 (2011)  (All who intend to follow Jesus as God's way are invited to God's table.) 
Proper 13, Year A, Track 2 (2005)
  (Feeding 5,000-cosy Jewish feeding; Feeding 4,000-pushes boundaries outwards)
Proper 13, Year A, Track 2 - Mark II (Ditto)
Proper 13, Year A, Track 2 - Mark III (Ditto)
Proper 14, Year B, Track 1 2003)  (In word and sacrament we feed on Christ in order that we may show forth Christ.)

Proper 14, Year B, Track 1 (2009)
(Christ is our food for the road of life.)
Proper 14, Year C, Track 1 (2004)
  (Persevering trust: Hebrews' meaning of 'faith' is part of our calling.)
Proper 15, Year A, Track 1 (2009)
  (We need the Old Testament to know Jesus in the round.)
Proper 16,Year A, Track 1 (2011)
(Two examples of Jewish tradition of Old Testament images being used in Matthew)
Proper 17, Year B, Track 1 (2003) (The rich Pauline understanding of faith as trust in God who has acted for us in Christ)

Proper 18, Year A, Track 1 (2011)
(As those called to be reconcilers we may at times need to be reconciled.)
Proper 19, Year C, Track 1 (2010)
(We are called to do the truth; our Collects should reflect this more.)
Proper 20, Year A, Track 1 (2011)
(We, like the Philippians, are called to joy, not happiness.) 
Proper 20, Year C, Track 1 (2004)
  (Jeremiah as a prophet of doom and hope, gearing us to action)
Proper 21, Year A, Track 1 (2011)
(Jesus as Wisdom or as simply a human being is the one to follow.)
Proper 21, Year B, Track 1 (2003)
  (How open are we to those who differ from us?)
Proper 23, Year A, Track 2 (2008)

Proper 23, Year C, Track 1 (2004)
  (St Mark's  without a building would be where two or three were gathered together 'in my name'.)
Proper 23, Year C, Track 2 (2010)
(Luke says we are to give thanks, rejoice at others' good fortune, and reach out to those unlike us.)
Proper 24. Year A, Track 1 (2002)
  (Image as a sign of ownership and sovereignty; we are to be conformed to Christ's image to God's glory.)

Proper 24, Year A, Track 2 (2014)
    (We as the image of God in Christ are the sign of his reign of love.) 
Proper 24, Year C, Track 2 (2010)
  (Prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication and Submission)
Proper 25, Year A, Track 1 (2011)
  (The four sons of Jewish tradition picked up in Mark and Matthew, leading to loving God and neighbour.)
Proper 25, Year A, Track 2 (2005)
  (The four-sons pattern in Matthew's narrative and Jesus' call for radical obedience.)

Proper 27, Year B (3 before Advent, Remembrance/Armistice Day) (2012)

Proper 28, Year A, Track 1 (2 before Advent, Remembrance) (2011)

Proper 28, Year A, Track 2 (2002)
  (2 before Advent) ('Wrath', 'kindness'; growing in love by loving)
Proper 28, Year B, Track 2 (2009)  (2 before Advent) (The life of love in Christ is the means and the goal of sharing the Good News.)

Proper 28, Year C, Track 2 (2 before Advent, Remembrance) (2010)

Christ the King, Year C (1998)  (This is God's good world, so let us love and live by the Spirit in Christ our King to the glory of the Father)
All Saints Sunday, Year A (2002)
  (Saints are sinners who nevertheless authentically show forth Christ)
All Saints Sunday, Year B (2003)
  (All Saints celebrates, with all other Christians,  our own calling to be saints)

Conversion of St PauL (2003), 25 Jan. (Paul's vision of God's love in Jesus turned him from being exclusive of others to being inclusive of all.)
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (1997)
,  2 Feb.
St Mark (2003), 25 April (Go in the way of the Cross or you will not know the Lord)
SS Philip and James, Apostles (1979),
1 May (QCB; Recognize our parallels to Philip: faith, evangelical zeal, but continued need to grow)
Saints Peter and Paul
, 29 June (We look at saints and say they're wonderful; they look at God and claim nothing for themselves.)
St James the Apostle (1993),
25 July  (The good news is that all the saints, including James, like us, are walking-wounded who walk by grace.)
St Matthew (1997)
, 29 Sept.  (
Matthew witnesses to Jesus' and our humanity in terms of the wise-powerful-wellborn model.)
St Luke (1978)
, 18 Oct. (Queen's College, Birmingham) (In our diversity of witness and understanding we are complementary to each other.)
St Luke (1998)
('Teaching' sermon, St Mark's)  (Luke is concerned with out-going and on-going mission to everyone.)
St Thomas (2007), 21 Dec. (Do doubt, but trust God's love, break the Bread of the Lord, and love and serve the neighbour)

The Queen's College, Birmingham
Preaching Service,  7/3/78 (We are all walking wounded)
Preaching Service, 17/3/81 (Get lost -here and now: ministerial formation calls for losing old securities)
QCB Friday Eucharist, 20/1/84

Leavers Sermon
, 14/6/84 (Drop dead - Get Lost - Stand there)

Founder's Day Address, Alleyne's Grammar School, Uttoxeter, 1968