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Last updated 20th January 2023

Weekly Sermon


On this page you will find our 'Weekly Sermon' columns, written by a huge range of contributors, including the Bishops and Archdeacons, plus clergy and laity from across the Diocese.

Contributors submit their columns on a rota and write around three times a year. 

We are always refreshing the rota. If you want to be considered as a future contributer, email communicate@blackburn.anglican.org 

These columns are free to be reproduced in local parish magazines or to be used as inpiration for other talks and sermons. Spread the word!

Date (Friday) Title 


20 January 2023 Keep Calm and Carry On Ronnie Semley
13 January 2023 'I saw the spirit come down from Heaven' Stephen Whittaker
6 January 2023 Baptism of the Lord Gloria Birdsall
30 December 2022 Epiphany Homily Rev Jon Price
23 December 2022 A very messy Christmas Revd Nick McKee
16 December 2022 A reimagining of life Dean Peter Howell-Jones
9 December 2022 The Advent Hush Lisa Fenton
18 November 2022 The Feast of Christ the King Rev Sarah Gill
11 November 2022 A few moments to remember so much sacrifice Rev David Hargreaves
4 November 2022 A company of friends Bishop Jill Duff
28 October 2022 Infectious generosity Rev Canon Andrew Raynes
14 October 2022 Persistence in prayer Sarah Earnshaw
7 October 2022 Do not lose heart Mark Ashley
23 September 2022 Jarring contrasts Rev Calum Crombie
7 September 2022

I want you to be smart in the same way  –  but for what is right

Rev Karen Herschell
2 September 2022 Through all changing scenes of life Ven Peter Ballard
26 August 2022 Make yourself at home Archdeacon David Picken

19 August 2022

The Kingdom Business Rev Munawar Din
12 August 2022 The P48 Test Geoff Hutchinson
5 August 2022 Judged, by a judge, in Waitrose Ronnie Semley
29 July 2022 Vanity, vanity! Rev Rebecca Feeney
22 July 2022 What would you do? Rev Carole Garner
15 July 2022

Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her

Rev Canon Dr

Rowena Pailing

8 July 2022

A priority of every Christian

Bishop Julian Henderson
1 July 2022 No Filter! Stephen Whittaker
24 June 2022 The Greatest Love Story ever told! Gloria Birdsall
10 June 2022

Revelling in relationship with God

Revd Nick McKee
3 June 2022 Be more Elijah! Archdeacon Mark Ireland
27 May 2022

Inspired by the courage of the Early Church

Lisa Fenton
20 May 2022 Promises, Promises!! Dean Peter Howell-Jones
13 May 2022 Opening the Doors of Love Rev Adam Thomas
29 April 2022 Praying for the Enemy Rev David Hargreaves
22 April 2022 Low Sunday Bishop Jill Duff
15 April 2022 See Jesus Rev Canon Andrew Raynes
1 April 2022 Don't be April Fooled! Sarah Earnshaw
25 March 2022

Beware of the Righteous Self

Mark Ashley
18 March 2022 Wonders, warnings and watchfulness Joy Rushton
11 March 2022 Go and tell that fox ... Rev Calum Crombie
4 March 2022

The same Lord is Lord of all

Rev Karen Herschell
25 February 2022 What happens next? Bishop Philip North
18 February 2022 Where is your faith? Rev Canon Peter Ballard
11 February 2022 Being Blessed Archdeacon David Picken
4 February 2022 A Journey Rev Munawar Din
28 January 2022 Surprised by God Rev Carole Garner
21 January 2022 A change of scenery Ronnie Semley
14 January 2022 They have no Wine Rev Rebecca Feeney
7 January 2022 New Year's Resolution Geoff Hutchinson