Talks

On this page –

The texts of talks and sermons that I have given, some of which have been collected together in a series of Booklets. There are also the Corona Season Reflections – the Sunday Services and sermons that I have written during the Covid-19 pandemic – and, in Through the Year, some of the other talks that I have given, concluding with the two sermons I gave when Parker Preacher in 2009/2010.
Talks and Reflections for Advent and Lent are on the two sub-pages. 

Invitations

I am happy to accept to invitations to preach, or to speak at events and seminars, to lead quiet days, Bible studies and retreats. This website gives an idea of the subjects that I usually address, but I also like the challenge of taking on something new.

Booklets

I have collected together some of my talks and sermons in an occasional series of booklets, which can be accessed on the Books page. There are four booklets so far:
My Strength and My Song (1991)
A Word in Season (2001)
Your Kingdom Come 
(2006)

Deep Calls to Deep (2015)
Each booklet covers a decade; the last is based on some of the talks that I gave between 2001 and 2011, the third decade of my ministry.

Corona Season Reflections

The sermon for the current Sunday is on the Welcome Page.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER
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NOT WEEP FOR ME : A Holy Week Pilgrimage – read now
EASTER 2: Jesus appears to Thomas – read now
EASTER 3: The Lakeside – read now
EASTER 4: Jesus the Door – read now
EASTER 5: The True and Living Way – read now
EASTER 6: Jesus promises the Advocate – read now
ASCENSION DAY: Christ Triumphant! – read now
SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION: All Authority – read now
PENTECOST: The Gift of the Spirit – read now
TRINITY SUNDAY: Believing in the Trinityread now
TRINITY 1: Fishers of Men – read now
TRINITY 2: Following Jesus – read now
TRINITY 3: The Message of Peace – read now
TRINITY 4: Made in Heaven? – read now
ST BENEDICT: Change, Continuity and the Benedictine Way – read now
TRINITY 6: The Groan of Creation – read now
ST JAMES THE GREAT: A Letter from James: – read now
TRINITY 8: Feeding the Hungry – read now
TRINITY 9: A Holy People – read now
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: The God-Bearer – read now
TRINITY 14: Forgivenessread now
TRINITY 15: Generous God The Spirit of the Lawsread now
TRINITY 16: By What Authority?read now
ST FRANCIS: St Francis of Assisi – read now
TRINITY 18: The Wedding Banquetread now
TRINITY 19: God and Ceasar – read now

Through the Year

A small selection of sermons and addresses following the seasons of the Church’s Year, not included in the booklets series (see above). I add to these from time to time.

ADVENT
All My Hope – Four meditations for Advent inspired by Robert Bridges’ hymn, All my hope on God is founded. Read now.

CHRISTMAS & EPIPHANY
A Son is Given – a reflection for Christmas. Read now.

There came Magi from the East – William Dalrymple in his book In Zanadu gives some interesting information about the Magi, which I reflect on in my sermon for the Epiphany. Read now.

Renewing the Covenant – The Baptism of Jesus is celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany; it is a good time for Christians to renew their own commitment to Christ, and in this sermon I reflect on what this means. Read now.  

The Voice of this Callinga sermon for Epiphany 2 exploring God’s call to his people to be his witnesses, and the importance of prayer. Read now.

Fishers of Men – a sermon for Epiphany 3. Jesus called twelve disciples to be with him: What does it mean to be with Jesus in the world of Isis, Brexit and Trump? Read now.

LENT
Return to Me – a sermon for Ash Wednesday inspired by the experience of the Sinai desert. Read now.
The Two Sons – a reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son for the fourth Sunday of Lent. Read now.

EASTER
The Well of Salvation – a sermon for Easter Day. Read Now.

ASCENSION, PENTECOST, TRINITY
The Giver of Life a meditation for Pentecost. Read now.
The Sea Is All About Us – a meditation for Trinity Sunday. Its inspiration is largely drawn from T. S. Eliot’s poem The Dry Salvages, and is part of the collection published in A Word in Season (see Books). Read now.

AFTER TRINITY
The Dishonest Steward – a sermon on one of Jesus’ most puzzling sayings (Luke 16.1–13). Read now.
Winds of Change – a reflection on the Grenfell Tower Fire and the angry aftermath. Read now.

Not Again – As the depressing series of disasters and scandals continues what are the questions we really need to ask? How do we strengthen internal, moral controls rather than rely on external controls and better procedures? How do we build a moral society? Read now.

SAINTS
Mary Magdalene – 
A reflection for the Feast of St Mary Magdalene (July 22) Who was she and why do we honour her? Read now.

REMEMBRANCE DAY
From War to Peace – 
a reflection for Remembrance Day. Read now.

The Parker Sermons

The first Elizabethan Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker (1504–75), who came from Norfolk, became concerned about the spiritual state of the Norfolk clergy, and instituted an annual series of four sermons with the object of their spiritual improvement. Though the original need has gone, the series continues. The preacher is appointed by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Parker’s college and which houses his library. I was appointed Parker Preacher for 2009-10. It was an honour to be one in an unbroken line of preachers since 16th century. The preacher gives two sermons in successive years in three of the churches nominated by Archbishop Parker, and also in Norwich Cathedral. Read now.