Sermon series: ‘Why don’t we…?’

Ian is preaching a series of sermons over the summer on the theme of “why don’t we…?”, in which he responds to some of the questions about worship that have been raised by members of the congregation. The texts of the sermons may be found below.


Why don’t we always use authorised liturgies?

Preached by Ian Wallis on 7th Sunday in Trinity, 22nd July 2012

This is the first of three sermons in response to questions I’ve been asked in recent months relating to worship at St Mark’s. It is now nearly two years since our last major worship review, the outcomes of which relating to this service were gathered together in the leaflet, Worship at St Mark’s: Foundational Insights, Aspirations and Commitments, which is readily available on the card stall and which has largely determined our course during the intervening months… Continue reading →


Why don’t we regularly recite the creed?

Preached by Ian Wallis on 9th Sunday in Trinity, 5th August 2012

This is the second of three sermons in response to questions raised by members of our church community in relation to worship at St Mark’s. I offer them, however, not simply as a response, but also as an invitation for us all to engage in further reflection and discernment as, together, we seek to enable the worship of this church to evolve organically and fruitfully, within the Anglican way… Continue reading →


Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?

Preached by on 11th Sunday in Trinity, 19th August 2012

This is the third of three sermons looking as some of the questions relating to worship at St Mark’s which have been raised in recent months. Today we explore why we tend not to sing some of the ‘golden oldies’ – hymns that some of us have grown up with; but, equally, why it is that we sing the hymns that we do. Continue reading →

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