Sermons by preacher

Listed below are the most recent sermons preached by our residential clergy. Please click on any date for a text transcript.


The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, The Dean

29 April 2018 - Choral Matins

Sometimes, God needs to convert the church, and can’t do it from within. So, God works from without. The Dean challenges our approach to mission in the run up to 'Thy Kingdom Come'.


The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, The Sub Dean

4 August 2019 - Choral Eucharist

Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. The Sub Dean considers afresh the melancholy words of the Teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes.

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14 July 2019 - Choral Matins

Blessing is not a singling out of one over against another, but a particular instance of God’s saving will for all. The Sub Dean explores the meaning of blessing in God's kingdom.

7 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist

If we wait until we feel fully prepared to answer God’s call, we have misunderstood it. The Sub Dean reflects on the call of God.

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16 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist

The doctrine of the Trinity is not a complete description of God, but it is the starting point – the starting point, we might say, of our journey. The Sub Dean considers afresh the theme of our life as a journey.

26 May 2019 - Choral Matins

'And it was so.' The Sub Dean reflects on the allure of this phrase from Genesis chapter 1 and the call forward to Christian hope.


The Revd Canon Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology

11 August 2019 - Choral Matins

‘Faithful Worldliness’ Canon Biggar considers anew the tension between the goodness of the world and our enjoyment of it and the imperfection of the world and our longing for its transformation.

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28 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist

‘Making Christian Sense of the Futile Gesture’ Canon Biggar explores the question of how to make sense of the noble attempt that fails, how to understand the futile gesture.

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23 June 2019 - Choral Matins

‘1944: Christian Reflections on the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary’ Canon Biggar reminds us of the importance of remembering acts of grace by structuring our lives around them.

5 May 2019 - Choral Matins

“All we like sheep have gone astray,” Isaiah wrote, “each of us has turned to our own way”. Canon Biggar considers afresh our sheep-like tendencies and the love of the Good Shepherd.

7 October 2018 - 'Thank God for the Royal Air Force' - Choral Matins

With the commemoration of Remembrance Day approaching and the centenary of the Royal Air Force upon us, Canon Biggar reflects on reasons that we should give thanks to God for the R.A.F.


The Revd Canon Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History

31 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist

We are both the son who was lost but is found, and also the son who never strayed but had lost himself by forgetting how great is our Father’s love. Canon Foot considers afresh the Parable of the Lost Son on Mothering Sunday.

3 March 2019 - Choral Matins

It matters that we remember the figures of our common past who did extraordinary things for Christ, whose footsteps we struggle to follow. Canon Foot reflects on the life and deeds of St Chad, Bishop of Lichfield and Missionary, 672, who consistently testified to the love of God.

10 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist

Jesus called the apostles to save living souls from the death of sin, and to free them for life in his kingdom, so that they might share in the good news of the gospel in all its fullness. Canon Foot considers how the story of the calling of the first disciples can speak directly to us.

6 January 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns

On the feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Christ-child to the Gentiles, Canon Foot reflects on the meaning of the epiphany for us who know Him by faith.​

23 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist

'Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’ Canon Foot reflects on Mary's faith as we approach Christmas.


The Revd Canon Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity

18 August 2019 - Said Eucharist with Hymns

'The Church and Its Ancestors' Canon Ward encourages us to rethink what it means to be 'surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses'.

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23 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist

'Exorcism' Canon Ward considers afresh this Christian ministry as we examine the Gospel reading of the healing of the man possessed in Gergesa.

12 May 2019 - Choral Matins

The gospel teaches us is that the positive never avoids difficulty; it arises when difficulty is faced and even endured. Canon Ward reflects on the complexity of miracles.

14 April 2019 - Choral Matins

Being formed in God is also coming to terms with our own dark violences. That is the road to ripening. Canon Ward challenges us to reconsider living in God as we stand on the cusp of a descent into Holy Week.

24 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist

'So many, many thousand years beneath the dust did I in Chaos lie… from out of dust I rise and out of nothing awake.' Canon Ward considers afresh the goodness, beauty, and life-giving hope that genuine creativity brings.


The Venerable Martin Gorick, The Archdeacon of Oxford

21 July 2019 - Choral Matins

Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. The Archdeacon challenges us to live through blessing not cursing; inspiring love, not stoking the fires of hate.

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30 June 2019 - Choral Matins

Sometimes doing the naïve, idealistic, biblical thing can be just what is needed to liberate our seemingly sophisticated and cynical world. The Archdeacon reflects on the Old Testament law of Jubilee.

28 April 2109 - Choral Eucharist

Faith and doubt are intertwined, and need to be if we are to be open to truth, to new insights into a God who is always bigger than our hearts and minds can hold. The Archdeacon considers afresh the story of Doubting Thomas.

21 April 2019 - Choral Matins

Holy Week and Easter bring together death and life, pain and joy, despair and hope. The Archdeacon reminds us what it means to be God's Easter people as we celebrate Jesus alive amongst us.

31 March 2019 - Choral Matins

Life’s not fair – but God is good! The Archdeacon reflects on the story of Joseph and his dysfunctional family.


Canon Professor Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity

4 August 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns

'Love is known by Love' Canon Harrison reminds us, in light of the reading from the Song of Solomon, that the soul must love and long; remember, recall, until it becomes a partaker of the divine nature.

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2 June 2019 - Choral Matins

Having descended to take human flesh, to live, to suffer and to die for us, Christ is now carried up into heaven, taking our human nature with him, so that we might participate in his divine, eternal and unchanging life. Canon Harrison considers anew the Ascension of Christ.

28 April 2019 - Choral Matins

Joy and woe are woven fine because in His death and resurrection he holds them together in Himself. Canon Harrison reflects on our Easter Alleluia rising 'de profundis' - out of the depths.

10 March 2019 - Choral Matins

Is life meant to be a continual turning; one continual Lent? Canon Harrison explores the theme of the gravity of grace.

27 January 2019 - Choral Matins

Today I offer you the choice of life and good, or death and evil. Canon Harrison considers afresh the coming of God to make his home with us in this season of Christmas and Epiphany.


The Revd Canon Grant Bayliss, Diocesan Canon Precentor

28 July 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns

‘Faith and Englishness’ The Diocesan Canon Precentor explores the truth that neither the heights of intimacy and love, nor the depths of suffering should be alien to our faith and inner spiritual life.

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14 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist

'The Good Samaritan' The Diocesan Canon Precentor considers afresh one of the most well-known stories Jesus ever told.

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16 June 2019 - Choral Matins

Let us make the Trinity the start of prayers, the ground of our hopes, and the model of our love. The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects that the Trinity isn’t a maths problem to be solved but the relationships at the heart of divine life that draw us in.

12 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist 

The hope of resurrection needs to be written deeply in us: in our words and in our deeds, in our lives and in our relationships.The Diocesan Canon Precentor encourages us to claim Christ’s triumph over death as our own while bringing that resurrection to others.

17 March 2019 - Choral Matins

“See, Lord, I can no longer keep silent before the ocean of your grace. I no longer have any idea how to express the gratitude that I owe to you.” The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects on the message of St Isaac the mystic as we continue our Lenten journey to the Cross.


The Revd Clare Hayns, College and Cathedral Chaplain

21 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. The College Chaplain explores the story of Mary and Martha.

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30 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist

For freedom Christ has set us free…you were called to freedom brothers and sisters. The College Chaplain considers afresh both the cost and the joy found through freedom in Christ.

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24 March 2019 - Choral Matins

Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. The College Chaplain reflects on the truth that we belong to no place, but we do belong to someone. 

2 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist

The College Chaplain invites us to enter this Advent season, reminding us that we can acknowledge the shadows but also have hope that the light has already come into the world. 

19 August 2018 - Choral Eucharist

We are to imagine ourselves as hungry children waiting to be fed from a banquet. The Revd Clare Hayns reminds us that when we receive the Eucharistic bread and wine, we take into ourselves the very life of Christ.


The Revd Philippa White, Succentor, Assistant College Chaplain, and School Chaplain

18 August 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns

What does it mean to understand the Scriptures? The Succentor encourages us to encounter the Bible as a friend, in whom we see Christ reflected and in whom God comes to encounter us. 

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9 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist

The Spirit moves through liturgy – every liturgy – to meet us and heal us, give us a glimpse of God’s glory and send us to serve him in the world. By exploring the liturgy of Pentecost, the Succentor invites us to burn with the fire of the Spirit and set the world alight with love.

30 May 2019 - Festal Eucharist with Incense

The Succentor encourages us to join in the worship of the disciples and to be sent out in the power of the Spirit.

26 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist

In an imaginative retelling of the story of Lydia in the reading from Acts 16, the Succentor invites us to find the refreshing grace of God flowing as the river of living water. 

10 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist

In whatever way you can, may you commit yourself to the study of Scripture and in so doing, may you see more of God, who reveals himself through the word. The Succentor challenges us to enter Lent with a fresh heart to seek God as he is revealed in Scripture.


Janet Proudman, Cathedral Licensed Lay Minister

28 January 2018 - Choral Eucharist


Selected sermons by guest preachers:

2 December 2018 - Choral Matins with University Sermon - The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, The Bishop of Loughborough

In advent we are encouraged to see waiting as something positive and alive with possibility. In this term's University Sermon, The Bishop of Loughborough calls us to embrace the waiting of the Advent season and rejoice in the present moment.

30 September 2018 - 'Cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic' - Choral Eucharist - The Bishop of Oxford

Teach us to be content with just enough. For that is the only way to joy. The Bishop of Oxford challenges us find contentment in our daily bread, the bread of life, Christ Himself.

30 June 2018 - Ordinations - The Rt Revd Dr Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

Being a priest or a bishop are both wonderful callings but neither are the pinnacle.  If we are following the pattern that Christ laid out for us, being a servant is the highest calling of all. Bishop Colin encourages the newly-ordained deacons to remember our central aim of becoming a more Christ-like Church.

30 June 2018 - Ordinations - The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

The acid test of a healthy church is not numbers, nor whether people enjoy church, nor yet how good and holy churchgoers feel. How is power used among us? Bishop Alan reflects on the servant ministry that Christ models for us, encouraging the newly-ordained deacons to 'beware the leaven of the Pharisees'.

20 May 2018 - Choral Matins with University Sermon - The Bishop of Ripon

Our lives are far more about navigating our way through mist than they are about enjoying the views from the top of the mountain. This Pentecost, Bishop Helen-Ann invites us to consider afresh not just who we are, but whose we are.