18 July 2020

Recording a sermon in
Askeaton for USPG to
share on Nagasaki Day

Recording a sermon for USPG in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick

Patrick Comerford

I spent time on Friday afternoon (17 July 2020) recording a sermon in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on behalf of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) has been offering recorded sermons as a Sunday resource for parishes throughout these islands.

This recorded sermon from USPG will be available for Sunday 9 August (Trinity IX), when the Gospel passage (Matthew 14: 22-33) in the Revised Common Lectionary recounts Christ’s calming of the storm.

On what will be the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – which was home to one of the largest and oldest Christian communities in East Asia – I ask in this sermon, ‘Where do we find calm in the storms of the world today?’

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II: the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust. But it also marks the 75th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons: at the ‘Trinity’ test site in the New Mexico desert, at Hiroshima and at Nagasaki.

But, as I say in this recorded sermon, many of us may be asking: what have we learned about war and peace, hatred and justice, since then?

USPG, one of the oldest Anglican mission agencies, sends out these sermons on the Thursday prior to the Sunday involved.

You can order this sermon for your church or parish by emailing Gwen Mtambirwa, USPG Mission Engagement Co-ordinator, gwenm@uspg.org.uk. In the email, please include the name of your church (if it is for a church service), the time of the service, and if you have one, attach a high-resolution photograph of your church to your email as a jpeg.

Inside Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on Friday afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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