Guildford United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BS


Sermons by Phillip Jones

JESUS, OUR IMMANUEL Matthew 1:18-25 & Isaiah 7:10-16

The Christmas Story begins at Easter. Or let me put it another way. We are here today – singing carols, with tree and Advent Candles – because of Easter. Without Easter we would not be here; we would not be doing this or anything like it; we would not be celebrating ‘Jesus, our Immanuel’, as Wesley’s hymn so magnificently puts it. St…

LIVING WITH DIFFERENCE Acts 10:9-16

Sunday 14th October 2018     Acts 10:9-16 LIVING WITH DIFFERENCE   Being a member of the very early church was no mean feat: you were living in fear of your life and, more to the point, you were living amidst great controversies. Could a person who was not a Jew become a Christian or did he or she have to become a Jew first? …

John 3:1-17

Sunday 22 July 2018 John3:1-17 Both the Methodist Conference and the URC General Assembly, independently of each other, had at their respective meetings a conversation with other faith leaders, this set me thinking and I would like to begin this sermon by considering a verse that is well-loved by many in certain parts of the Christian Church. It is a verse that…

Good Shepherds

Sunday 15th April 2018 John 10:7-16 Some of the more recent Ecumenical Churches have searched hard for names. Well worn and rather static is the word ‘Trinity’! Much more dynamic and graphic is a name like the ‘The Church of the Good Shepherd’. There are one or two of these around. They present a picture of caring and of good leadership merely…

Giving Everything

Sunday 12th November 2017 Mark 12:38-44 Sacrifice, giving everything, giving all that you have, whether it be great or small, comes in many forms. Let me tell you the true story of Francine Christophe. Francine was born on 18th August 1933 – the year Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany. She was deported with her mother to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp…

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?”