Guildford United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BS


Sermons Archive

Back to basics

Every organisation, of whatever kind, changes as time goes by – affected by different people, the events of history, and the lapse of time. No less the church. It began with a few of the friends of Jesus meeting together after his crucifixion, desperately needing each other. As time went by, and the church spread all over the Roman Empire; through the…

Tongues of Fire

James 3: 1-12 Our theme – Tongues of Fire – comes from the epistle of James. James writes for Church communities populated by Jewish people as distinct from Paul’s letters to churches in the Greek and Roman cultural areas. He even addresses it ‘to the twelve tribes dispersed around the world’ (that is the then known world, of course). This means that…

What’s in it for me?

Guildford URC July 10th 2016 Readings: Genesis 12:1-9; Mark 11:15-19 The dust has not yet settled on the effects of the EU referendum vote and probably will not for some time yet. This issue has divided people in this country like no other in my lifetime. It would be inappropriate of me to use the privilege of a pulpit platform to sound…

What on Earth is Simon Peter doing…?

Reading: John, Chapter 21, verses 1 – 19 In today’s reading the risen Jesus appears by the lakeside to Simon Peter and some other disciples. You might well ask, “What on Earth is Simon Peter doing, going back to his old job as a fisherman?” After all, they have been with Jesus throughout His ministry. They’ve heard the teachings and the prophecies.…

The Strength of Weakness

The Strength of Weakness Guildford URC 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body, I do not know God knows. And I know that this man whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know,…

Sermon on Lent

This sermon is written to be preached and so can seem odd when read. Although this text is prepared it is only followed as the Spirit leads, and so there will be things said which are not in this text and equally there may well be some things in the text which were not said. Its the first Sunday in Lent. But…

Is not this the carpenters son?

The author Nicholas Shakespeare says that he finds it difficult to write about women in his novels because he is never sure that he gets them right. How can he, being a man, reflect the way women feel? What they want? What makes them “tick?”