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Bishop of Durham Preaches at Installation of Canons

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham's sermon from the licensing of canons at Durham Cathedral on Sunday 5th November 2017. LICENSING OF CATHEDRAL CANONS Sunday November 5th 2017 Margaret Masson (Lay); Val Shedden, Dorothy Snowball, David Tomlinson (Clergy) Isaiah 66.20-33 & Ephesians 1.11-end INTRODUCTION We are in the season of remembering. Today it...

Bishop of Durham Preaches at Reformation 500 Service

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham's sermon from the Reformation 500 service at Durham Cathedral on Sunday 29th October 2017.   Durham Cathedral – October 29th Jeremiah 31.31-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3.19-28; John 8.31-36 INTRODUCTION ‘They are now justified by his grace as a gift’. For Martin Luther it was the question of...

Sermon from the Mothers Union Commissioning 2017

MOTHERS UNION COMMISSIONING Durham Cathedral Sunday June 11th 2017  INTRODUCTION 4 million members in 83 countries makes the Mothers Union one of the largest Christian voluntary organisations in the world. Here in Durham there are 72 branches across the diocese with around 1,700 members. Yet it all began with the vision of...

Sermon for the installation of canons 2017

INSTALLATION OF SHEILA BAMBER, MARGARET VAUGHAN & ANDREW ROGERS AS CATHEDRAL CANONS Sunday 18th June 2017, Durham Cathedral Deuteronomy 10.12-11.1 & Acts 23.12-end INTRODUCTION  We meet to worship and pray in this ancient Cathedral, with all its signs of worship, prayer, stability and safety in the shadow of the horrific tragedy of Grenfell...

2017 Lent Series – Meeting the Redeemer

  The Opposed One Opposition began early We come to meeting Jesus the redeemer in Mark’s gospel. How early do you find hints of the cross? Some would say it’s as early as the opening phrase, ‘the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ’, but that’s probably reading into what you already...

2017 Lent Series – Hunting For Jesus

JESUS THE TEACHER INTRODUCTION All three of the Lent talks are based on Jesus in Mark’s gospel. The simple reason for this to follow up on Talking Jesus, in which we used Mark’s gospel and we gave Mark’s Gospel books. So it seemed to be sensible that if I was doing...

2017 Lent Series – Jesus The Healer

LENT TALK #2 JESUS THE HEALER   We noted in the first talk that Jesus the Teacher and Jesus the Healer in Mark’s gospel, indeed in the other gospels, go hand in hand. As he proclaimed and taught so his healing ministry took place. So it was a regular part of Jesus...

2016 – Lent Talk 3

LENT TALK 3 - Blessing OthersSo we come to the third and final talk on exploring blessing. If you want to follow up on the previous two they are here: Lent 1, Lent 2.In the first talk we were thinking about the way God blesses us; in the second...

2016 – Lent Talk 2

BLESSING GODLet's begin with a very quick catch up from the first talk. The word that’s used for blessing in the Old Testament in Hebrew, ‘barakh/berakhah’ means literally to ‘bow the knee’ and it’s the same word that is used when the Hebrew writers are writing of God blessing...

2016 – Lent Talk 1

THE BLESSING OF GODThe way this Lent Series works is that each talk stands on its own, but if you are at all three you will get a lot more out of it than if you are only at one. The sum of the three is more than the...