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21st Century Anglican

What does it mean to be Anglican in the 21st Century. Why do we still occupy ourselves with these ancient traditions and rites?

Lament

Lament

Gen 15.1-12, 17-18, Luke 13.31-35 The sermon this week is in the series called 21st Century Anglicanism.  So, just a reminder that for Anglicans, when we consider issues, whether what happened in New Zealand yesterday, or climate change or Brexit or education we look through three different lenses – scripture, reason and tradition.  Other churches […]

Nazareth Manifesto

A Nazareth Manifesto

Luke 4.14-21 Introduction If you could summarise in a few sentences the very essence of your being – about who you are and what is unique about you – what would you say? Don’t worry, there’s no way I’m going to ask you to write that down, but it would be a very hard thing […]

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Deliver us from evil

Epiphany 4, Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28 This morning we read in the gospel of an encounter between Jesus and a man gripped by evil. How will that speak to us? The first chapter of Mark’s gospel throws us headlong into the beginning of the three years of Jesus’ ministry, three years that literally changed the […]

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The Power of a Name.

John 17:1-11   + may I speak in the name of the one whose name cannot be contained by words… Theodoret of Cyrus (Cyrrhus in Syria), The Ecclesiastical History  Book V, Chapter XXVI: Of Honorius the Emperor and Telemachus the monk.  “Honorius, who inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to the gladitorial combats […]

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Transfiguration – Go Figure

+ in the name… It’s been a weather-week. We’ve had Doris; she was a bit cross. It’s a bit flat and gloomy now. But earlier this week we had some of those days when the sun is shining and its warmth breaks through the crisp chill on our skin, we feel enlivened and encouraged. Slowly, […]

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Candlemass 101 – No/thing is Ordinary

1 Kings 17:8-16     John 2:1-11   There’s something so powerful about light isn’t there…? There is an Advent tradition in the Collins household of daily family reflections. We would light a candle for each child saying “the light of G-d coming into the world”, eating a little chocolate, and telling a story, or part […]

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Zacchaeus and the Eucharistic Prayer

Luke 19.1-10 Zacchaeus, End of Creation Season, All Saints. + May I speak in the name….. The story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus offers such a vivid image; a many-layered drama that speaks to us through the ages. I wonder if you are like me and ponder on what this scene would have really looked like? […]