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Sermons from June 2021

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15 & Mark 5:21–43 In the sermon I gave at St Aidan’s last Sunday, I suggested that a lot of people in the world are living in a more heightened state of anxiety now than they were 18 months ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Pre-COVID, people were…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 17:32–49; 2 Corinthian 6:1–13 & Mark 4:35–41 Do you think people feel less secure about life, or less in control of their own lives, than they did before COVID-19? I imagine a lot of people in the world are living in a more heightened state of anxiety now than they were 18 months…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Third Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6–10, 14–17 & Mark 4:26–34 Just over a year ago I became aware of the increasing popularity of YouTube reaction videos. If you’re wondering what reaction videos are, they’re essentially videos of other people watching videos, or listening to audio. The creators of these reaction videos record their spontaneous reactions…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Second Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4–11, 16–20; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 & Mark 3:20–35 Life in the world in 2021 is very different to life in the 11th century BCE, when Saul was anointed the first King of Israel by the prophet Samuel, and it’s also very different to life in the time of Jesus in the 1st century…