Sermons from Easter 2020 onwards are available in full in the weekly newsletters on the relevant page and in the weekly videos on the ‘videos’ page under the ‘Media’ menu. !
Easter 2020 Message from Tim
I have a hopeless memory. My children are always saying things like, ‘Surely you remember my friend, Anna. She spoke at the service you attended last time you visited us. She’s very short, dark hair and glasses. Smiley face’. ‘No’, I reply, searching every corner of my cobwebbed memory. We have a board game called ‘Scene it’, It’s a variation on Ludo, as they all are, and you move around the board answering questions on films, and sometimes you get a dvd clip to watch. Questions come up then like ‘How many bikes were leaning against the shop front ?’ ‘What colour was the factory owner’s jacket ?’ I’m always last.
If you’re in court, it is vital to remember accurately, so that members of the jury, who didn’t see what you saw and heard, can establish the truth of what happened. The Bible readings for today are about witnesses to events. Peter in Acts 10.34-43 is telling his audience that he saw and heard everything Jesus did and said when he was alive and then saw and heard everything he did and said after he was seen alive again. The women, or whoever gave the women’s story to Matthew in Matthew 21.1-10, focus on what they were doing that Easter morning. They came to the tomb with perfume to make Jesus’ dead body smell nice, but there was an earthquake, the guards on the tomb fainted and they saw a figure in shining white sitting on the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. He said ‘Jesus is not in here, he is risen’. The ladies never thought to look inside and check, they took the words at face value. They went to the disciples and presumably could have shown the perfumes and spices, which they didn’t need and hadn’t used. Now what might they have fetched on ebay ?
So what did all this amount to ? Proof that there is life after death ? Proof that Jesus had risen ? No, more than that. Peter said that Jesus’ death had brought ‘peace with God’ to all and sundry. Jesus appears to the disciples in Matthew and says pointedly ‘Peace be with you’. In John’s gospel he says it twice ! Easter is more than new life, more than a hope in heaven, it is Jesus’ offer of peace with God. Before, we were not God’s friends and through Jesus now we can be, if we turn to him and thank him for what he did for us on the cross.
But there is one last thing. The figure on the tomb, an angel we are told, tells the women to tell the disciples Jesus is going ahead of them to Galilee, repeating something he had said to them two chapters earlier. Galilee was in the north of the country, the place where Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus when they returned from Egypt. It was unfancied, unfashionable, and full of people seen as outsiders by the religious establishment, a place that had been repopulated by foreigners from earlier conquest. Jesus set up base in Capernaum, a town built by the hated Romans, even more foreign. Jesus was showing his disciples that he was making a new beginning where he had been before. The good news of ‘Peace with God’ was to be shared with those who didn’t know God or whom others rejected.
Easter isn’t just for the Church, it is, or He is, for everyone !
The following sermons come from a year of linked sermons and house groups (Bible studies in homes) from Sept 2015 to July 2016. AMD (accompanied ministry development) has been a diocesan scheme to help grow the Church in Cornwall. The topics covered below are a mere passing on of material I received with other clergy […]
A sermon preached by Revd. David Mann at St. Thomas’ Heamoor and Madron Parish Church on Sunday, 15 March 2009. ‘WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED’ I Cor. 1.23. For the last 40 years I have been preaching the most ridiculous idea that has ever been put in the mind of mankind – ‘Christ crucified’.. Or […]
Sermon Sunday Oct 9th, 2011, St Thomas’ Heamoor. Text Philippians 4 1-9. Imagine an estate agent giving the following description: This is a charming historical property, with a delightful view of the river. It has been well maintained, and now presents an excellent opportunity for a new occupier to customise it. The lounge is cosy […]
GETTING TO KNOW GOD Reading: John 1.1-14 (also Prov.8.1, 22-31 and Col.1.15-20) I expect you will fully understand a little girl who, when she was confronted by some of the bloodthirsty and savage parts of the Old Testament, gave as her reason, “I expect that happened before God became a Christian”! It is difficult to […]
Breathe on me breath of God Acts 2.1-21. John 15.26-27 &16.4b-15 (A sermon preached by David Mann on 27 May 2012) On this Pentecost Sunday I want to elaborate on something I wrote in this month’s Community Magazine when I said, ‘Someone has described the lack of spiritual power as being because many people are […]
Romans 12.1-8 Rev Peter Horder 27th January 2013 ‘The rubber hits the road’ – what a strange title and introduction as we embark on our study of Romans 12-16 through our sermons, and continuing in our House Groups for the next seven weeks. We hope these times of worship, exploration and enlightenment – all under […]
St Erth/Madron The Choice between life and death 16 February, 2014 Deuteronomy 30. 15-19: See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will […]
Sermon by Rev Ian Lowell at Gulval Parish Church So they came outside the camp. The liturgy of a regiment departing had been sung. Empty wet parade ground. A camp-warden, some unfit men and other details loiter, dribble away, shuffle off like men whose ship has sailed. The long hutment lines stand. Not a soul. […]