Sermons

Recent Sermons Preached at Downing Place URC

November 2022

6th November 2022

Sermon Preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 6th November 2022

Reading: Acts 19: 1-8

27th November 2022

Sermon Preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 27th November 2022

Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 24.36-44

October 2022

9th October 2022

‘Sharing Together’, led by Jess Uden on 9th October 2022: in a service led by the Evangelism & Service Group

Readings:Leviticus 19: 1-4, 9-18; Mark 12: 28-34

2nd October 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Professor David Thompson on 2nd October 2022:  Jubilee of the United Reformed Church

Readings: Lamentations 1:1-6; Luke 17:5-10

30th October 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Dr Robert Pope on 30th October 2022

Readings: Lamentations 1:1-6; Luke 17:5-10

September 2022

18th September 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Alex Clare-Young on 18th September 2022 –

Readings: Luke 16: 1-13; Amos 8: 4-7

4th September 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 4th September 2022 –

Readings: Deuteronomy 30.15-20; Luke 14.25-33

25th September 2022

Sermon preached by Dr Alan Rickard on 25th September 2022 –

Readings: Amos 6: 1a, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6: 6-19; Luke 16: 19-31

August 2022

7th August 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Chris Baker on 7th August 2022 –

Readings: Genesis 15.1-6; Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16; Luke 12.32-40

14th August 2022

Sermon preached by Richard Lewney on 14th August 2022 –

Readings: Jeremiah 23.23-29, Hebrews 11.29-12.2, Luke 12.49-56

21st August 2022

Sermon preached by Bishop Sharma Nithiyanandham
on 21st August 2022

Readings: Isaiah 58:9b- 14; Psalm 103:1-8’ Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

June – July 2022

5th June 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 5th June 2022 – Pentecost

Readings: Acts 2.1-21; Romans 8.14-17

3rd July 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 3rd July 2022 – 

Readings: Isaiah 66, 10-14; Luke 10, 1-11, 16-20

10th July 2022

Sermon preached by Revd David Tatem on 10th July 2022 – 

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Corinthians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

24th July 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Dr David Cornick on 24th July 2022

Readings: Gen 18:20-32; Col 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13

May 2022

22nd May 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 22nd May 2022

Readings: Psalm 67; Acts 16.9-15; John 5.1-9

29th May 2022

Sermon preached by Dr Augur Pearce on 29th May 2022

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 21:25-33; Ephesians 1:15-23

April 2022

3rd April 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 3rd April 2022

Readings: Isaiah 43.18-21; Philippians 3.7-14; John 12.1-8

17th April 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on Easter Day, 17th April 2022

Readings: Psalm 118; Acts 10.34-43; I Corinthians 15.19-26; Luke 24.1-12

March 2022

20th March 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 20th March 2022

Readings: Isaiah 55.1-9 and 12-13; Luke 13.1-9

February 2022

6th February 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Dr Carla Grosch-Miller on 6th February 2022

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

27th February 2022

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 27th February 2022

Readings: Luke 18.18-30;
II Corinthians 9

January 2022

9th January 2022

Sermon preached by Dr Simone Maghenzani on 9th January 2022

Readings: Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22; Isaiah 43: 1-7; I Corinthians 8: 6

2nd January 2022

Dr Janet Bottoms: Reflections, 2nd January 2022

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9, John 1: 10-18; Ephesians 1: 3-14

16th January 2022

Sermon preached by Revd. Nigel Uden on 16th January 2022

Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; I Corinthians 12.1-11; John 2.1-11

23rd January 2022

Sermon preached by Revd. Nigel Uden on 23rd January 2022

Readings: Nehemiah 8.1-10; Mark 10.46-52

30th January 2022

Sermon preached by Karen Campbell on 30th January 2022

Readings: Genesis 17.1-8; I Corinthians 13.1-13

December 2021

5th December 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 5th December 2021

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

12th December 2021

Sermon preached by Dr Alan Rickard on 12th December 2021

Readings: Luke 3: 7-18; Zephaniah 3: 14-21

24th December 2021 - Christmas Eve

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 24th December 2021

Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10; John 1.1-14

November 2021

21 November 2021

Sermon preached by Ken Rathje on 21st November 2021

Readings: Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1.4b-8; John 15.9-17

14 November 2021

Remembrance Day: Sermon preached by Revd David Tatem on 14th November 2021

Readings: Daniel 12: 1-13; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8

28 November 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 28th November 2021

Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; I Thessalonians 3.9-13; Luke 21.25-36

6th November 2021: Downing Place URC Re-dedication Service

6 November 2021

Looking back, looking ahead

6 November 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Dr John Bradbury

Readings: 1 Kings 8.22-30, Acts 17.16-32

6 November 2021

Act of Dedication, and Thanks

October 2021

3 October 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 3rd October 2021

Readings: Psalm 8.1-2; Hebrews 1.1-4 and 2.5-12; Mark 10.2-16

10 October 2021

Sermon preached by Dr Augur Pearce on 10th October 2021

Readings: Mark 10:17-31; Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Hebrews 4:12-16

17 October 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Dr Robert Pope on 17th October 2021

Readings: Mark 10:35-45; Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 5:1-10

Talk and Sermon – Commitment for Life service, 24 October 2021

Talk and Sermon – Commitment for Life service, 24 October 2021

Readings: Psalm 126; Mark 10.46-52; Jeremiah 31.7-9

September 2021

5 September 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 5th September 2021

Readings: Isaiah 35.4-7a; Psalm 125; Mark 7.24-37

19 September 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 19th September 2021

Believer’s Baptism

Readings: Ezekiel 36.24-27; I Peter 3.13-22; John 1.19-34

August 2021

1 August 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Professor David Thompson on 1st August 2021

Readings: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35

8 August 2021

Sermon preached by Richard Lewney on 8th August 2021

Readings: Ephesians 4.25 – 5.2, John 6.35, 41-51

15 August 2021

Sermon preached by Revd. Nigel Uden on 15th August 2021

Readings: Revelation 12.1-5a; Luke 1.46-55

22 August 2021

Sermon preached by Revd. Chris Baker on 22nd August 2021

Readings: Ephesians 6.10-20; 1 Kings 8.22-30; John 6.56-69

29 August 2021

Sharing together and Sermon – Revd. Nigel Uden on 29th August 2021

Readings: Song of Solomon 2.8-13; James 1.17-27; Mark 7.1-8 and 14-15

July 2021

4 July 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 4th July 2021

Readings: II Samuel, 5.1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; II Corinthians 12.2-10; Mark 6.13

Revd Nigel Uden

11 July 2021

Sermon preached by Dr Alan Rickard on 11th July 2021

Readings: 2 Samuel 6: 1 – 5 and 12b – 19, Ephesians 1: 3 – 14, Mark 6: 14 – 29

Dr Alan Rickard

18 July 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Derek Wales on 18th July 2021

Readings: Genesis 2: 4b-7, 18–25, I John 4: 7-12, 19-21, Luke 6: 27-36

Revd Derek Wales

25 July 2021

Sermon preached by Dr Janet Bottoms on 25th July 2021

Readings: John 6: 1-21; 2 Kings 4: 18, 42-44; Ephesians 3: 14-21

Dr Janet Bottoms

June 2021

6 June 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 6th June 2021

Readings:  II Corinthians 4.13-5.1, Genesis 3.8-15, Mark 3.20-35

Revd Nigel Uden

13 June 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Dr Janet E Tollington on 13th June 2021

Readings: Mark 4:26-34, Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

Revd Dr Janet E Tollington

20 June 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 20th June 2021

Readings: II Samuel 17, I Corinthians 6.1-13, Mark 6.35-41

Revd Nigel Uden

27 June 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 27th June 2021

Readings: Lamentations 3.22-33, Psalm 30, II Corinthians 8.7-15, Mark 5.21-43

Revd Nigel Uden

May 2021

2 May 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 2nd May2021

Readings: I John 4.7-21, Acts 8.26-40, John 15.1-8

Revd Nigel Uden

9 May 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Dr David Cornick on 9th May 2021

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-11; Acts 10:44-48; John 15:9-17

Revd Dr David Cornick

16 May 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 16th May2021

Readings: Genesis 2.4a-9, 15-17, Mark 10.42-45

Revd Nigel Uden

23 May 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 23rd May 2021

Readings: Acts 2.1-4, Ezekiel 37.1-10, John 15.26-27

Revd Nigel Uden

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30 May 2021

Sharing together; and Sermon.  Revd Nigel Uden on 30th May 2021

Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8, Romans 8.12-17, John 3.1-17

Revd Nigel Uden

April 2021

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4 April 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on Easter Day 2021

Readings: Mark16.1-8, I Corinthians 15.1-11

Revd Nigel Uden

18 April 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 18th April 2021

Readings: Luke 24.36b-48, Acts 3.12-19, I John 3.1-7

Revd Nigel Uden

11 April 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Deborah McVey on 11th April 2021

Readings: Isaiah 65: 17-25, Acts 4: 23-37, John 20: 19-30

Revd Deborah McVey

25 April 2021

Sermon preached by Revd Nigel Uden on 25th April 2021

Readings: Acts 4.5-12, I John 3.16-24, John 10.11-18

Revd Nigel Uden

March 2021

7 March 2021

Readings:  Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Revd Nigel Uden

14 March 2021

Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10

Dr Augur Pearce

21 March 2021

Readings:  John 12.20-35; Jeremiah 31.31-34; Hebrews 5.5-10

Revd Paul Whittle

28 March 2021

Readings: Mark 11.1-11; Isaiah 50.4-9a; Passion Narrative: Mark 15; Philippians 2.5-11

Revd Nigel Uden

7 February 2021

An Order of Service for a special service to mark LGBT History Month, led by Open Table members.

Featuring reflections by Revd Alex Clare-Young and Revd Diana Johnson

Readings: Mark 1: 29-39; 1 Corinthians 9: 16-23

Sermon 14 February 2021

Readings: Mark 9:2-9; 2 Kings 2:1-12

Revd Elizabeth Caswell

February 2021

Sermon 21 February 2021

Readings: Mark 1.9-15; Genesis 9.8-17; I Peter 3.12-22

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 28 February 2021

Readings: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Romans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38

Revd Nigel Uden

January 2021

Sermon 3 January 2021

Readings: Matthew 2.1-12; Isaiah 60.1-6; Ephesians 3.1-12

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 10 January 2021

Readings: Mark 1:4-13; Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7

Revd Dr David Cornick

Sermon 17 January 2021

Readings: John 1.43-51; I Samuel 3.1-10

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 24 January 2021

Jonah 3.1-5 and 10; Mark 1.14-20

Revd Dr Jonathan Soyars

Address 31 January 2021

Readings: Psalm 104; Luke 4:16-20

A reflection from Chris Wright during our Sustainability themed service

December 2020

Sermon 6 December 2020

Readings: Mark 1.1-8; Isaiah 40.1-11; II Peter 3.8-15a

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 24 December 2020

Readings: Hebrews 1.1-14; John 1.1-14

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 27 December 2020

Readings: Isaiah 61.10-62.3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.22-40

Revd Elizabeth Caswell

November 2020

Sermon 1 November 2020

Revelation 7.9-17; I John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12   

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 8 November 2020

1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Revelation 7:9-17

Dr Augur Pearce

Sermon 15 November 2020

I Thessalonians 5.1-11; Matthew 25.14-30

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 22 November 2020

Readings: Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 25.31-46

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 29 November 2020

Readings: Isaiah 64.1-9; I Corinthians 1.3-9; Mark 13.32-37

Revd Nigel Uden

October 2020

Sermon 4 October 2020

Philippians 3.4b-14; Exodus 20.1-4; Matthew 21.33-46

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 11 October 2020

Isaiah 25:1-9; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Revd Dr David Cornick

Sermon 18 October 2020

I Thessalonians 1.1-10

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 25 October 2020

I Thessalonians 2.1-8; Amos 5.18-24; Luke 10.25-37

Revd Nigel Uden

September 2020

Sermon 6 September 2020

Readings: Matthew 18.15-20; Exodus 12.1-14; Romans 13.8-14

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 13 September 2020

Genesis 50.15-21; Matthew 18.21-35

Revd Nigel Uden

Sermon 20 September 2020

Matthew 20.1-16; Jonah 3.10-4.11; Philippians 1.21-30

Revd Nigel Uden