A Prayer of the Teacher of a Congregation

Praying Hands

Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls, You are highly to be praised! How could I praise you for the inestimable grace and love you have shown me, a poor sinner. You have not only made me a member of Your church and congregation, but You have also installed me in the noble and precious work…

DON’T Call Me Tony

A few months ago, there was a lot of talk about the dangers of a culture of deference in the church, putting people on a pedestal in a way that aided abusers. I get that. At the same time, a lack of deference can also do the same job. A 'call me Tony' culture can…

My Peace I Give to You

Sermon on the Feast of Pentecost Genesis 11:1–9, Acts 2:1–13, John 14:23–31 Preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Fareham, on 31 May 2020 Grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit and kindle the hearts of your faithful to the fire…

A Statement on the 2019 General Election

The following statement was issued last week to members of the congregation I serve Dear Friends in Christ, It is highly unusual for the Church to comment on political matters. The Lutheran Church confesses that God rules the world by two different means. With His ‘left hand’, He rules all people by the law through…

Not Hungry Enough

Like most modern-day Westerners, I have had a materially comfortable life. I'm not unlike Captain MacWhirr in Joseph Conrad's Typhoon, who had never been given a glimpse of immeasurable strength and of immoderate wrath, the wrath that passes exhausted but never appeased – the wrath and fury of the passionate sea. He knew it existed,…

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

A hymn by Paul Gerhardt (1607–76). The loose translation is by John Wesley (1703–91), who changed the meter of the poem significantly. Gerhardt's original consists of nine lines (87 87 87 4 68), and is traditionally set to the tune 'Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ', which was first published in 1535. In Wesley's…

Simojoki Family Concert 2019

Another year, another Simojoki family lunchtime concert at Holy Trinity church in Fareham. You can listen to the whole thing here: Programme: Simojoki Family: Fantazia Upon One Note (Z. 745) — H. Purcell (1659–95) Markus Simojoki: Menuet I & II from Partita No. 1 (BWV 825) — J.S. Bach (1685–1750) Sarah, Daniel & Tapani Simojoki:…

New Testament Passages Referring to Baptism

I put this list together for teaching purposes. It may be useful for others. [I have excluded references to the baptism of John the Baptist, since that pre-dates the resurrection of Christ] You can download a pdf version by clicking here. I—Explicitly mentioned (using the words baptise or baptism), in a teaching context Matthew 3:11…