God so loved the world…

God so loved the world…

On Sunday September 13 we were delighted to have Malcolm Guite join us as our guest preacher. We don’t actually have the text of this sermon, as for most part he preached without any notes. What we can provide is the audio of the sermon, along with the text of a sonnet he read as he preached.

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“So loved the world” – a sonnet


The whole round world, in Greek the total Cosmos,

Is all encompassed in this loving word;

Not just the righteous, right on, and religious

But every one of whom you’ve ever heard,

And all the throng you don’t know or ignore,

For everyone is precious in his sight,

Chosen and cherished, loved, redeemed, before

The circling cosmos ever saw the light.


He set us in the world that we might flourish

That His beloved world might live through us

We chose instead that all of this should perish

And turned his every blessing to a curse.

And now he gives himself, as Life and Light

That we might choose in Him to set things right.

(Malcolm Guite, used with permission)


Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic, currently in ministry as Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including the recently published collection for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Waiting on the Word.

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