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Sermons

If you've missed a service, or just want to find out about the talks and sermons at St Mary’s, you can listen here. They average 10 to 15 minutes.

If you would like to listen to a sermon that's from 2016 and before, please contact us and we'll do our best to help you.

Resurrected Body – Prototype of the Future

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Acts 9:1-6 & John 21:1-19

What do we mean by the resurrection of the body?  is it literal?  Jesus’ risen body was identical to his earthly body but not exactly the same.  it was the same Jesus, yet changed, only recognised by faith.  His body was still substantial (not a ghost) but also spiritual (passing through doors) and, above all, immortal (living by spirit not blood).  He was only recognised when he revealed himself (‘Mary’, or ‘breaking of bread’ or ‘miraculous catch of fish’).  This glorious body will one day be the one all believers will receive.

Salvation is Costly

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Isaiah 50: 4-9a & Luke 19: 28-47

Do we cringe from confronting, reconciling, practising tough love, committing to service?

And what else? What else do we hold back from doing? What else do we fear to do?

Jesus shows us how costly it was to love and to save people and he calls us to follow his example.

The Cost and Courage of Caring Motherhood

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Sheila Murray

Readings:  Exodus 2: 1-10 & Luke 2: 33-35

The determined courage of the midwives, the strong love of Moses’ mother, the compassion of Pharaoh’s daughter and the insight of Miriam.  Who nurtured and cared for you … and your faith?  We give thanks.

Hilasmos – Temptation or Testing?

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11 & Luke 4: 1-13

Did you know that the Greek word “Hilasmos” means both temptation and testing?  Our trials and tribulations can be seen as either the devil tempting us to fail or God testing us to make us stronger.