Sermons from 2018

Christmas – Candle lights candle

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” [John 1:9] Late Monday night we started our Christmas celebrations in darkness – and with one lit candle – and we recognized a kind of fragility.  A slight wind could blow the first candle out.  And yet that flame passed from one person to another…and soon the whole church was aglow with the warmth of candlelight.  I think we find it so…

Advent 3 – Stewards of the Mysteries of God

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. [1 Corinthians 4:4] We speak of this season of Advent being one full of expectation and hope. I think we have a general sense of what that means.  There are certain things that we look forward to – probably a holiday from work for some of you, a time with loved ones, no doubt some feasting! –…

Trinity 18 – Faith under Fire, Responding with Love

Opening prayer: Lord, may our mere human words be faithful to your written Word, and point us to the Living Word, Your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. [attr to +John Pritchard] I guess I am stating the obvious when I say, ‘We live in interesting times.’  In the late 1930s, a British ambassador to China was told by a friend that there was a Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.”  It was not…

Trinity 16 – The Resurrection Life

That you might be filled with all the fullness of God! [Eph 3:19] In Trinity season we are moving in our readings to consider ever higher and higher possibilities in the movement of our soul, in its ascent, towards the living God. And it is important, wherever we are on our spiritual journey, to consider what is possible, so that we don’t stagnate in the place we are, becoming complacent, no longer hoping for growth in…

Trinity 11 – Sympathy for the Tax Collector

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor 15:11 Last week we entered a new stage in our readings and reflection on the life of growing in holiness in Trinity season.  We have changed from focusing on the purifying of our passions to the illumination of our souls with grace. Last week the Gospel was about Jesus coming into the Temple to purify it and to teach daily in it. …

Trinity 2 – FoMO

“A man once gave a great banquet and invited many… But they all alike began to make excuses.” This past Tuesday I was at supper with the students before their Uncover John evening and I learned of a new term that they all seemed to know about – FoMO.  Do you what this means?  It is an acronym for “Fear of missing out”. “Fear of missing out or FoMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having…

Trinity Sunday – One Incomprehensible

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Even to say the words is not to clarify, “O yes, now I understand who God is,” but rather it is to confound and confuse us immediately.  As if to deliberately destabilize our…

Pentecost – Spirit filled?

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. Happy Pentecost!  Happy Birthday to the Church! We celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter 50 days ago. We continue to follow today, the pattern of the actual history experienced by the Apostles. Fifty days after that first Easter, the Apostles and others were praying in a room, like we are today, and suddenly the Spirit descended upon them – like a mighty rushing wind…

Easter 3 – You will see me

A little while and you will see me no longer, and again a little while, and you will see me. Over the past couple of weeks, in the daily readings, we have been following through two stories in the Bible in parallel – the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  This follows a very ancient pattern in the Church It is wonderful to read these books side…

Easter 2 – Is God good?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. So far in Easter we have looked at the careful descriptions of those first moments when the tomb, where Jesus’ body was laid, was found empty, and of Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples when were locked in a room by themselves, and he showed them his hands and his side. This morning we step back a little to look at…