The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

15th September – Sermon for Holocaust Memorial Sunday

At Yale University a series of experiments were conducted between 1960 and 1961, overseen by Stanley Milgram.  What happened was that a random sample of people from the streets took part in experiments which involved administering electric shocks to other people.  At a certain point of electrical intensity the ‘victim’ shouted ‘Stop!’, but the authoritative ‘Experimenter’ said, […]

15th July 2019 – Sermon – On the Road to Jericho…

On the Road to Jericho  (Carol Penner) We invested in goods to sell in the trade city of Jericho and I walked the long journey with my loaded donkey. I stopped that last night at an inn, poised on the edge of Jericho’s wilderness valley. The neighbours at my table did not look promising; holy men […]

23rd June 2019 – Sermon on Healing & Wellbeing

I have heard it said that claustrophobic people are more productive thinking out of the box.  (think about it …) Today’s Gospel reading challenges us to think out of the box about our health and well-being. When any one of us is tempted to think that we can completely sort out our lives and everyone elses […]

A Sermon for Pentecost – 20th May 2018

Jesus said, ‘When the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you into all truth.’ John 16: 13)  A lady calls the police to report her husband is missing. The police arrive and ask for a description. She tells them he’s 6 feet 2 inches tall, blonde wavy hair and has a smile that makes […]

Sermon – 17th March 2019 – Philippians 4: 1 “Stand firm in the Lord”

Perhaps Paul means, ‘Have faith’. Well – let me ask you: Does your car run on faith? If not, what else does it need? Churches and other faith communities were delighted by research which, I am told, produced a car that would run on faith.  It was spoken of as the very latest evidence of ‘the […]

10th February 2019 – Sermon on Luke 5:1-11 – Fishing with Jesus

Michel Kripalani is CEO of Oceanhouse Media, a premier publisher of award-winning children’s books and personal development apps that inspire, uplift and educate. Last year, Michel set himself a huge goal which he failed to achieve. Here’s what he shared about the unexpectedly good events that resulted. He wrote:   “Have you ever set a big, hairy, […]

6th January 2019 – Sermon – The Trinity explained in words of one syllable

Readings: Isaiah 6:1–8 Psalm 29 Romans 8:12–17  John 3:1–17 Do you know the One-Bit Word Game? It’s a game where you may not use words that have more than one bit – one part. Now: I need some help here. Tom, what do I mean by ‘bit’? (Nice and clear, please) [Tom calls out: ‘Syllable!’] […]

A Sermon for Christmas Day 2018

This year Lucinda and I are looking forward to becoming  grandparents again in just a very few weeks time.  Jack and Leo, who have been with us sometimes at Easter services, are excited about, very soon, having a little sister – quite a ‘game-changer’ when you’re aged 5, or even 8! We are all, in our different […]

A Sermon for Advent 3 2018

A man who has braved recent storms and spent last night under the pier wanders in and tries to tell a joke  – but it falls flat.  No one is greatly fussed – it happens.  But, by contrast, if we were honoured with a royal visit and that visitor told an unfunny joke you might feel the tension rise to […]