Archive for November 2014

Remembrance Day 2014 Sermon - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the first World War, and our world was sent on a trajectory upon which we still travel. This is a sermon about the world before and after this war, and the role of the church then and now. 


All Saints Day 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The Beatitudes are the beginning of perhaps the most famous and influential sermons ever preached. They bring great comfort and empowerment. But Reverend Geoff preaches this sermon about how "being persecuted for righteousness' sake" can sometimes be misunderstood and even misused.