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Awake-Michelle Hold

Waking up and getting up has never been easy I wonder what wakes you up in the morning, what inspires you to rise and get on with the day? For this late night traveler, posting on twitter, who’d fallen asleep at the bus stop, it was this…! Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter.. and […]

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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Easter Sermon: The Imagination of the Risen Lamb

Our theme over the Lent has been that of ‘mediocrity’: the temptation from within to give up to bland uniformity or the pressure from without from political and religious powers to reduce the individual to the inconsequential or, as we’ve seen this morning so awfully on the news, to erase the individual entirely. Over-against these […]

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Palm Sunday

Luke 1928-40 My wife’s Auntie Frances was very sentimental about donkeys.  Auntie Frances was one of the most selfless and kind-hearted people I have met, and she was very moved by the mistreatment of donkeys in many places, and wanted to help them.  She supported donkey sanctuaries, was quite likely to send you birthday cards […]

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The Cost of Love – Mothering Sunday

Exodus 2:1-10, John 19.25b-27 May I speak in fear and trembling… It’s hard to know the right thing to say on Mothering Sunday.. knowing full well the complexities of such an unusual day… (even more so as a man speaking!). We know and recognise that the word Mother evokes so many mixed feelings.. feelings of […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Seven Deadly Sins

Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13 Lent 1 – The Seven There are no flowers in church, no drums, no Gloria, and the liturgical colour has changed from the white of Epiphany – the season of light – to purple, the colour of mourning.  This the season of Lent, a penitential, dark season of the church’s year. […]

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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.  […]