Author Archives: tim

A Tale of Two Cities

Some weeks as a preacher, it’s like the sermons write themselves. A nice, straight forward parable, a heart warming encouragement, something about God’s love. Those are the easy weeks. Recent weeks have not really been like that for me. Last Sunday morning at St Catherine’s we were looking at Jesus’ teaching on divorce. This morning […]

Show me the money?

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay Ain’t it sad And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me That’s too bad In my dreams I have a plan If I got me a wealthy man I wouldn’t have to work at […]

Relationships

So, I wonder who’s hoping I’m going to speak on, “let the little children come to me”. I have to admit, I was tempted when I first read the readings for this week. And continued to be tempted as I looked at the commentaries on the rest of the passages. And tempted some more as […]

Harvest Stories

Where has this year gone? It only seems a little while since we had our Rogation service here, as we dedicated the cleaned and conserved windows, and prayed over the land and the seed, asking for a fruitful year. I seem to remember that it was the first dry day after a period of incessant […]

All your ways

I wonder who you trust. I wonder how much you trust them, and with what. Let’s explore this a little bit. You’re all sat down now on chairs or pews. How much thought did you give to sitting on the thing you’re sat on? Many of you have been here before – you know that […]

Overflow

I wonder, does anybody here have a horse? Not very many. What about a ship, does anyone have a ship? No. What about a car, anybody here in a household with a car? Right, so let’s update James’ example a bit. What is the modern equivalent of the bit for a horse or the rudder […]

Sovereign

I wonder if you like doing puzzles. In our family the Radio Times Christmas crossword is an annual tradition. There’s a bit of competition to see which household can complete it first. Last Christmas Liz and I were very pleased that we’d completed it before my mum and dad came to lunch on Christmas Day, […]

Journeys to Faith – The Woman at the Well

Oil and Water. Famous, proverbial indeed, for their inability to mix. They might not mix, but both of them are important for life, both are life giving. In our first Bible reading this morning, about something that the prophet Elisha was involved in, we see flowing oil bringing life to the widow and her sons. […]

The Time is Now

This summer in our series of evening services here at St Catherine’s we are going to be looking at some of the parables of Jesus. Now, they are not necessarily ones that are well known, but they are ones which illustrate overarching themes in the message of Jesus – the day of salvation is here, […]

Journeys to Faith – Nebuchadnezzar

I wonder how you came to faith in Jesus. Over the summer we’re going to be exploring the stories of some characters from the Bible, and their journeys to faith. But there is a sense in which they can feel a bit far off, so each week we’re also going to be hearing the stories […]