The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

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, […]

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 […]