Tag: Politics

Marlborough under attack

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Address St Mary’s Marlborough, 28th July 2019, Civic Service
Ephesians 4.1-6 & Matthew 5.1-12

marlboroughI have to admit that writing a sermon for last year’s Civic Service on the theme of ‘Education’, was a little bit easier than this year, when the service is taking place in the weekend in which we commemorate and re-enact the battles that took place in Marlborough in 1642. For those interested, according to local tradition, the bullet holes can still be seen on the outside of the St Mary’s Church tower.

It may disappoint some of you – but please others – to hear that I won’t go into much of the historical detail of the Civil War. Firstly, because I am not an historian, but also because I would be too worried upsetting people by presenting a particular interpretation of history – something that is easily done, especially for someone of a different nationality.

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What the future may hold?

Sermon St George’s Preshute, 28th October 2018, 10.00am
Second Sunday before Advent: Daniel 12.1-3 & Mark 13.1-8

brexitI think that I have managed so far this year not to mention Brexit in a single sermon. Today, however, I will. Don’t worry, this won’t be a ten-minute long political manifesto, nor an analysis of what I think post-Brexit Britain will look like – or whether there will be a post-Brexit Britain.

What I would like to do is draw some parallels between the readings this morning, and our own current political situation. I won’t focus so much on the issues at stake as Britain renegotiates its position within Europe, but on the process, and what it tells us about ourselves and possibly our relationship with God.

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