The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

Passion Sunday Service

Passion Sunday Reflection – March 29th 2020 Good morning and welcome to our video service. Even though church buildings are closed and public worship is suspended – with us all doing our best to keep safe, and to live safely and with consideration for others, in this time of the Coronavirus – God isn’t ‘closed down […]

Mothering Sunday Sermon

This is our first quickly pulled together service – so although not a polished performance – has the important messages, so please enjoy and keep watching each week. Be safe Welcome to these reflections on Mothering Sunday.Whilst we have got used to worshiping together in the same building, if we pause at around 10am each […]

Lent 2 – 8th March 2020

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.’ John Have you heard of the pen paradox? “It doesn’t matter how fast it’s moving it’ll still be stationery.” Or try the Swiss Cheese Paradox: “Swiss […]

Lent 1 – 1st March 2020

Today’s Gospel shows Jesus being tempted.  Temptations don’t always come before us as clear-cut choices, between obvious good or evil, rather they are attitudes that we can slip into – normalising attitudes which form our behaviour – quite often choices between two good things, one a bit low level and one ‘higher level’ good thing.  […]

Christmas Day Message 2019

The Sermon For Christmas Day 2019 Luke 2: 8 “And there were shepherds, living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I […]

Dec 22nd 2019 – Any Dream Won’t Do!

I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain To see for certain what I thought I knew Far far away, someone was weeping But the world was sleeping Any dream will do Jason Donovan’s song was about Joseph, with the techni-coloured dream coat.  We read about him in Genesis 37:19-20 when his brothers see him coming […]

Sometimes we get hospitality wrong!

Interfaith Sunday – Sermon on Shabbat The hostess apologised to her guests: We don’t seem to have any cheddar cheese to offer you with this apple pie – very sorry! Whilst she was out of the room, her 5 year old son disappeared from the table and came back with a cube of cheese which […]

Mary Shelley – Women and Power by The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman

SERMON – St Peter’s Bournemouth 20th Oct 2019 Email: The kingdom of heaven is within – within whom and within what? Is there a difference between human beings and others?  A friend of mine has just been given an Alexa.  He says: “Alexa, turn on the lights” and they come on.  He said that he was […]

29th September 2019 – Sermon – on the Feast of St Michael & All Angels – Our Calling for the Common Good by Jenny Sinclair

Readings: Genesis 28.10-17, Revelation 12.7-12, John 1.47-51 The passages from Genesis and Revelation about angels remind us that the two dimensional material we see around us is not all there is. The reality is that it is God’s world and we as human beings are part of this reality. Despite what rationalists and atheists may say, there is a […]

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, […]