Sermons and Services

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Christ The King, November 22nd 2020
 
The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube
The sermon as an audio file
 
 
The Second Sunday Before Advent, November 15th 2020
 
The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube 
The sermon as an audio file
 

 

The Third Sunday Before Advent, Remembrance Sunday, November 8th 2020

The service on YouTube 

 

All Saints Day, November 1st 2020

The sermon as an audio file

 

The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity, September 27th 2020

The service on Facebook

 

The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity, September 20th 2020

The service on Facebook

 

Patronal Festival and the Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity, September 13th 2020

The service on YouTube

 

The  Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity, September 6th 2020

The service on Facebook

 

The Twelfth Sunday After Trinity, August 30th 2020

The service on YouTube

 

The Eleventh Sunday After Trinity, August 23rd 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Tenth Sunday After Trinity, August 16th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Ninth Sunday After Trinity, August 9th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Eighth Sunday After Trinity, August 2nd 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Seventh Sunday After Trinity, July 26th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Sixth Sunday After Trinity, July 19th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Fifth Sunday After Trinity, July 12th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube 

 

The Fourth Sunday After Trinity, July 5th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Third Sunday After Trinity, June 28th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The Second Sunday After Trinity, June 21st 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon on YouTube

 

The First Sunday After Trinity, June 14th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon as an audio file

 

 

Trinity Sunday, June 7th 2020

The service on YouTube
There will not be a separate sermon this week as reflections on the Trinity are woven through the service

Pentecost, May 31st 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon, given today by Bishop Rose, on YouTube
Bishop Rose’s sermon as an audio file

 

The Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon as an audio file

 

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon, given today by Fr John Tomlinson, as an audio file

 

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10th 2020

The service on YouTube
The sermon as an audio file

 

The Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3rd 2020

The service is only available on YouTube due to a Facebook glitch
The sermon as an audio file

 

The Third Sunday of Easter, April 26th 2020

The service on YouTube
The service on Facebook
The sermon as an audio file

 

The Second Sunday of Easter, April 19th 2020

The sermon on YouTube
The sermon on Facebook
The sermon as an audio file

 

Easter Sunday, April 12th 2020

The service on YouTube
The service on Facebook
The sermon as an audio file

 

Easter Vigil, April 11th 2020

The service on Youtube
The service on Facebook

Palm Sunday, April 5th 2020

The service on YouTube
The service on Facebook

The Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29th 2020

The service on YouTube
The service on Facebook
The entire service as an audio file

Fr John’s sermon

 

The Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22nd 2020

Facebook livestream of the entire service (opens in a new tab)
The entire service as an audio file

Fr John’s sermon

 

Fr John’s sermon on the Third Sunday of Lent, March 15th 2020

 

Fr John’s sermon on the Second Sunday of Lent, March 8th 2020

 

Fr John’s sermon on the First Sunday of Lent, March 1st 2020

 

Fr John’s sermon on Ash Wednesday, Feb 26th 2020

 

Fr John’s sermon on the Sunday Next Before Lent, Feb 23rd 2020

 

Fr John’s sermon on the Second Sunday Before Lent, Feb 16th 2020

 

Fr John’s first Sunday sermon, on the Third Sunday Before Lent, Feb 9th 2020

 

Bishop Rose’s sermon at Fr John’s Installation on Feb 4th, 2020

 

A new priest for St Mary & St Eanswythe

People are often quite surprised about how new Vicars are chosen. Actually, it’s a lot like recruiting for any job. The church writes a profile of the kind of qualities they’d like to see and the post is advertised. Priests who are looking for a move from their present jobs apply, are shortlisted and interviewed. If a candidate fits well, then they’re offered the job.

So far, so familiar. But then it gets rather different. Because you nearly always have to move house, even when the new job is close to the old one. I only moved from Dover, but the new Vicarage had to be redecorated and I had to box everything up and make a new home here in Folkestone before I could start my new job.

And then the way you start is extremely different! No sliding in to a quiet induction day for us. There is a magnificent worship service in the church where the Bishop installs the new priest (literally – you’re physically put in your stall in the church). The Bishop also gives a Licence to the priest to minister in their new parish.

My licensing and installation in St Mary & St Eanswythe Church was on the evening of February 4th and it was an extraordinary experience. Churchwarden Pam made sure the church was spotless. Churchwarden Andrew prepared the service sheets and made sure everyone was invited. Our Area Dean, the Revd Jane Weeks, made sure everyone participating knew what they were doing. Archdeacon Darren was there to commend me to the Bishop because he had overseen the appointment.

But Bishop Rose stole the show. This was one of her first services like this as our new Bishop and she has an amazing presence and energy. Her preaching is direct and challenging, but encouraging too. I was particularly pleased that the magnificent Cope (like a big cloak) that our church provided for her had roses on it…

And the church was packed with so many people. People from my old churches in Dover – but particularly St Mary-the-Virgin, many of whom sang in the choir. People from the new congregation. My friends and family. And so, so many people from the local communities, schools and churches of Folkestone who had come to wish me well. I was overwhelmed by that.

The service was partly legal, partly expressing hope and vision for the future, and partly inspiring, soaring worship. The combined choir under the leadership of Toby Huitson was glorious! And the Choir of the FESI group of Church of England Schools in Folkestone under conductor Helen Brookes was very, very moving.

And afterwards, the food… oh gosh… the food was literally gorgeous. Kim Adlington and her team were awesome!

So what have I come to do? Here are some words: spiritual and numerical growth; inspiring worship; welcome; belonging; spirituality; heritage; partnerships; story-weaving.

Want to know more? Contact me at rev.dr.john.walker@gmail.com