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.

Sermon for the 16th of July 2017

Some words from our gospel reading this morning: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble … Continue reading

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Sermon for the 2nd of July

Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:37-42   Last Sunday morning about fifteen of us went down to Broomhall to support our Muslim neighbours as they celebrated Eid prayer on the Springfield school playground. I had been in touch with a couple of … Continue reading

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Priesthood of All Believers – Sermon for the 25th June

I have been asked to talk about the priesthood of all believers. What follows is not so much a sermon as notes to help us think about the issue.   1. The call of the Apostles. Some very obvious points–all … Continue reading

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Sermon Series – Religious Jargon (28th May 2017)

We often find preachers using language which simply doesn’t speak to us, or which makes us want to stand up and ask them to explain what they mean.  Here at St Mark’s we try very hard not to make assumptions … Continue reading

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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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