The Homilies Project is a resource that originated with the diocesan Liturgical Committee to resource parishes for Sunday (or weekday) worship.

Many smaller congregations might not have regular access to a priest or reader, and so this resource was created to enable people to engage with the scriptures without a licensed and theologically trained leader.

Each week’s material is based on the Gospel reading from the Common Worship lectionary, and contains details of the day’s readings, the Gospel printed out in full, a brief homily that is designed to stimulate discussion and prayer, and some questions that you might use either to begin discussion or consider as part of your time set aside for prayer.

The homilies are written by a variety of people, including our bishops and archdeacons, and these may be read by lay leaders who are otherwise not authorised to preach. They may be used within the context of a lay-led Service of the Word or Morning or Evening Prayer. They might also be used at midweek services or study groupsWe aim to post each week’s homily on the website at least a week in advance, so as to allow time for prayer and preparation.


(Homilies will be added here as soon as they become available. For enquiries, please contact Richard Steel via email or by calling 07720 740955)

Homily for 4th Sunday before Advent (31st October) Word / PDF

Homily for Last Sunday after Trinity (24th October) Word / PDF

Homily for 20th Sunday after Trinity (17th October Word / PDF

Homily for 19th Sunday after Trinity (10th October) Word / PDF

Homily for 18th Sunday after Trinity (3rd October) Word / PDF

A Homily for Harvest which can be used on any Sunday in the season. It has a local angle and links to COP26 Word / PDF

Homily for 17th Sunday after Trinity (26th September) Word / PDF

Homily for 16th Sunday after Trinity (19th September) Word / PDF

Homily for 15th Sunday after Trinity (12th September) Word / PDF

Homily for 14th Sunday after Trinity (5th September) Word / PDF 

The two services below may be led by an appropriate lay minister, and the week's Homily may be read and discussed. Other liturgical materials may be used as appropriate, particularly during the different seasons of the church year.

A morning service of the Word: PDF File

An evening service of the Word: PDF File