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Control – The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12vv13-21: Control Pentecost 8, 4th August 2019. Our new church call today’s gospel reading the Parable of the Rich Fool.  It is one of those passages on wealth that tends to leave us feeling uneasy. If I asked you what was the New Testament’s approach to wealth, what would you say.  The most memorable […]

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The sound of sheer silence

June 23rd 2019, Pentecost 2 1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a  Luke 8:26-39 Today’s OT reading from 1 Kings 19 reveals a very human side to one of the Bible’s ‘big men’. The prophet Elijah had just won what we could call a ‘competition’ with the prophets of the pagan god Baal in which he built an […]

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What is heaven like?

I was going through my old boxes in the attic recently and came across this gift my mum knitted for me many years ago. Can you recognise it? Just like the Time Lord, Dr Who, today I’m going to take you on a journey through time and space to a place shrouded in mystery. In […]

Nathan Simpson, "Large Resurrection," 1999. Oil on canvas. http://www.nathansimpson.com.au/Images/Jesus_Series/Large_Resurrection_1999.jpg. Tags: Tree of Life

The doors were locked for fear…

John 20.19-31 ‘The doors were locked for fear of the Jews’.  ‘The doors were locked for fear…’ Our gospel narrative today comes from John the evangelist, one of our patron saints, and traditionally identified with the disciple described as the one whom Jesus loved.  Two resurrection appearances are described here, and only in John.  Firstly, […]

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Wake Up and Shake Up!

Isaiah 55. 1-9     Luke 13.1-9 Have you heard the news? Often, we had heard the news and it was rarely good, and if we hadn’t heard it, we braced ourselves to listen. On this particular occasion, we had heard the news and were later in the day to see a newsclip of the head of […]

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Luke 8.22-25: Jesus Calms the Storm  2nd Sunday before Lent, 24th February 2019.    Today’s gospel reading is the story of Jesus calming the storm.  I like to read around the passage a bit before starting on the sermon, and looked in Matthew and Mark to see if the same story is there; which it is.  […]

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The Beatitudes

Luke 6 v 17-26 Last week Gary opened his sermon by saying that in Café they were looking at football as a metaphor for theology with it being very much from the supporters’ point of view the going through the pain, the sense of shared experience, and the faint insistence of hope. Then the letting […]

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Baptism of Christ

Isaiah 43.1-7                            Luke 3. 15-17, 21-22                The Baptism of Christ – what a wonderful gift it is that Timothy’s baptism falls on this Sunday. When I start thinking about a sermon, I go through the readings and try to notice if any words jump out at me. ‘I have called you by name, […]

Fragment of a Roman Christian fresco, 8th-9th century. Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington, DC. BZ.1938.59. Photo: Victoria Emily Jones. "Early Christian frescoed wall decorations--best known from the Roman catacombs--show more often scenes from the Testaments or saints than a representation of the deceased. The youth of this painting with hands crossed on his breast seems to have been surrounded by saints or members of his family--whether in the context of a tomb chapel, a catacomb, or a church in Rome has yet to be determined." Object record: http://museum.doaks.org/Obj35983?sid=6265&x=57114&port=2606. Tags: praying saint, pretzel, Roman wall painting

The young Jesus

Luke 2.41 – end ‘WITH HIS COUSINS’ A week ago, here after church, I spoke with Rob and Vicky Jones as Rob held in his arms their young, deliciously smiling, Timothy Francis, whom Vicky volunteered she could easily lose for an hour or two when they met up the next day with adoring relatives! I […]

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Light and Dark

Advent 3 –  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Luke 3.7-18 This Sunday we have lit a candle for John the Baptist.  Last Sunday when we were considering prophets in general we heard the first part of Luke’s description of John.  He was a prophet who preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  He was called to be in […]