Preaching in St Andrews

Gate to St Mary's College, St Andrews

On most days during term between 1989 and 1993 I walked through these gates (pictured above) into St Mary’s College in St Andrews. Each day I did I walked past a small noticeboard that gave details of the next service in the University chapel and advertised the name of the preacher.

I always assumed that these preachers were all important and distinguished scholars, big names on the international theological preaching circuit.

It would appear not: look who’s down to preach this coming Sunday (21 January):

University Chapel notice

If you can’t read it, the sign says:

Sunday 21st January 2007

11 am University Chapel
St Salvator’s Chapel

Preacher: Rev Gareth Saunders
Assistant Information Architect & Web Manager

‘One Body’

I was given the Revised Common Lectionary passages in early December and had to provide a sermon title before the end of term … before I’d actually written my sermon.

I chose to preach on 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a and I’m hoping that “One Body” is vague enough to cover what I’ll eventually preach on (once my sermon has been written) without the only “one body” being mine in the pulpit.

I’m sure it’ll be fine, but if you would please pray for me this week as I read the passage again and again, and read around it, that I’ll be inspired to find the right thing to say for this University congregation.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “Preaching in St Andrews”

  1. Enjoy it, Gareth.

    I preached there last year (they had wanted an ‘important and distinguished scholar’, but he wasn’t available!). Abby and I had a lovely time, and enjoyed the privilege of taking part enormously.


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