In Search of the Mystery of God

A selection of sermons for anyone interested. They are usually between 10-15 minutes long, are based on the Bible readings for the Sunday in question (references provided), and include a poem in the hope that at least those words will be edifying.


We have an innate sense of fairness. Society is built on the principle of justice. And yet justice has no power to give life - only to take it. And where and how do we stand before a just God? The Lord's Prayer has the key. The Bewcastle Benefice sermon for the 6th Sunday after Trinity, Year C.
Poem: 'St David', by D Gwenallt Jones
Old Testament: Hosea 1:2-10
New Testament: Colossians 2:6-15
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

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What does Jesus mean, 'let the dead bury the dead'? What is freedom? What is this 'Spirit' that is so often portrayed as a wild bird over the waters, or in the mountains? What does it mean to see the world aright and be alive to God? Some of the questions posed by the readings for Trinity 2.
Poem: 'The Raven', by Norman Nicholson
Old Testament: 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14
New Testament: Gal 5:1, 13-25
Gospel: Luke 9: 51-end

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A bleak island battered by the wild North Sea. A ferry ride. Spume against rock. A journey of disappointment through the darkness in search of a hinted promise. But what lay at the end of the road was not what was expected. Christmas Night sermon, 2021

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Whose wedding? – the hidden renewal of creation, Epiphany 2, St Cuthbert’s Kirklinton, 16th January 2022

Poem: ‘God’s Grandeur’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins


  • Isaiah 43:1-7
  • 1 Cor: 12:1-11
  • John 2:1-11

Hidden Revelation – the mystery of Epiphany, Epiphany, St Mary’s Stapleton, 9th January 2022

Poem: ‘The Journey of the Magi’ by TS Eliot


  • Isaiah 60:1-4
  • Matthew 2:1-12

The Apple – a Christmas story, Christmas Day, St Mary’s Stapleton, 25th December 2021

Poem: ‘Hill Christmas’ by RS Thomas

Meat God: Encountering the Divine through the Incarnation, St Mary’s Stapleton, 19th December 2021:

Poem: ‘The Offer’ by Mark Greene
Readings as for 12th December 2021, below

What’s in a story? A reflection on the six Christmas readings, St Mary’s Hethersgill, 12th December 2021:

Poem: ‘The Kingdom’ by RS Thomas


  • Genesis 3:8-14
  • Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
  • Luke 1:26-38
  • Luke 2:1-7
  • Luke 2:8-16
  • Matthew 2:1-11

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