Easter 5

Sunday Sermon 19.05.19

The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

Do you remember that old folk song by Pete Seeger, ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ It’s easy to play, and it’s easy to sing, but it suggests something profound. It suggests that human beings, human organisations, and human societies are not very good at learning from history! For those not familiar with the song each questioning verse gives an answer, which flows into the next questioning verse and answer, which flows into the next questioning verse and answer… until we’re back to the original question!……………………

Easter 4

Sunday Sermon 12.05.19

The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

I’ve baptised a lot of babies over the years and in all that time I have never been asked to name the baby Dorcas. There have been a few baby Tabitha’s, but Dorcas seems to be a name that has gone out of fashion. Dorcas is the Greek translation of the Aramaic name ‘Tabitha’, which means gazelle. Think beautiful wild deer – and the name Dorcas is starts to sound pretty good!

Easter 3

Sunday Sermon 05.05.19

The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

Over the years I have loved the musical movie ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ because it’s a great story, with terrific characters, and wonderful songs. I enjoy the way that Tevye prays in many places, and the way that he loves his daughters as they grow up, even when they make decisions he doesn’t understand. As his daughters marry for love Tevye finds himself thinking about his own arranged marriage to his wife Golde. In about the middle of the movie there is a lovely moment when he turns to her and sings this important question, ‘Do you love me?’ She is surprised and doesn’t want to answer, but Tevye persists and sings the question again, ‘Do you love me?’

Easter 2

Sunday Sermon 28.04.19

Delivered by The Right Reverend Cameron Venables at St Thomas’ Church Nth Ipswich

Last week, on Easter Sunday, the lives of many were torn apart as two Catholic churches, an
Evangelical church, and three luxury hotels were bombed in Sri Lanka. From the information
released to date it is understood that at least two hundred and fifty people have been killed,
and a further five hundred injured. Before moving on from those statistics it is worth
remembering that each of the children, women, and men who died in Sri Lanka had a name, a
circle of friends, and plans for the coming week. It’s worth remembering that each of those who
died were people like you and me………..