Category Archives: Sermons

Rev'd Michael Bayley preaching at St Mark's‘Living Thinking Faith’ means engaging intelligently with the Bible, as well as other sources of inspiration, to help make sense of life, to appreciate its potential, challenges and ambiguities, as well as to discern how best to invest our time and energies.

Sermons are one important way in which this can happen. Preaching at St Mark’s aims to stimulate and inform – to cultivate wisdom and inspire discipleship through engaging the mind, feeding the spirit and strengthening our resolve to live out the difference Christian faith makes to human being.

This is no small task. In addition to our own ministers, visiting preachers are a regular feature, and sometimes we replace the traditional style of sermon with an interview or multi-media presentation.

Comfort and Liberation – 7th May 2017

In the Easter season we remind ourselves again of what the risen life means. What does it mean when we sing “Christ is risen–we are risen.” What do the Easter people do? What difference does the resurrection make? How can … Continue reading

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Bodies, Baptism, and Abundant Living – Sermon for Passion Sunday

Gospel Reading John 12:20-26 It’s a long way off but inside it There are quite different things going on: Festivals at which the poor man Is king and the consumptive is Healed; mirrors in which the blind look At themselves … Continue reading

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Justified by Faith – 19th March 2017

Romans 5.1-11  John 4.5-42 ‘Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope … Continue reading

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How Do We Enable Flourishing – A Sermon for Sunday 12th of March

Readings: Psalm 121; John 3:1 – 17   I found myself, while writing this sermon this week, in a position I had been in once before – that of looking at what I had started to write and then, due … Continue reading

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Why Shouldn’t I Worry – A sermon for the 19th February 2017

Romans 8.18-25    Matthew 6.25-end History says, Don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme Seamus Heaney, The Cure at … Continue reading

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Racial Justice: A Sermon for the 12th February 2017

Today we are looking at racial justice. Many of us are concerned about gender justice at the moment and things have been a bit fraught so I thought it would be good to see what Scripture can do to give … Continue reading

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Being Salt and Light: a sermon for 5th February 2017

Isaiah 58.1-9              1 Cor 2.1-12                       Matt 5.13-16   O God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can,and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.   As I came to … Continue reading

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Candlemas – 29 January 2017

Malachi 3.1-4, Luke 2:22-40 Wisdom seeks consolation but is open to controversy   O God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can And wisdom to know the difference.  Amen … Continue reading

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Homelessness Sunday – 22nd January 2017

Readings:           Isaiah 9.1-4          Matt 4.12-23 We have a church…   In Stanley Hauerwas’ commentary on this section of Matthew’s gospel, he tells a story of a conversation between two men. One was called Clarence, who in the early 1950’s founded … Continue reading

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Liz Carnelley’s Sermon on the Near Neighbours Project – 8th January 2017


In the name of God, creator, redeemer, sustainer. Let me tell you a bit about me. Born in Sheffield –  first job as curate at St Andrew Sharrow, now on Psalter lane – Now the programme director of Near Neighbours, … Continue reading

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