Sermons on Matthew 20:1-16

Septuagesima – How do we change?

To watch to this Gospel and Sermon on YouTube please click here. You go into the vineyard too…St Matthew 20:4 Today we are making a shift in our church year.  We are turning our minds from Christmas and Epiphany to the even more radical (if there could be!) aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry – his journey to Jerusalem: he will confront demons, he will confront the religious authorities, he will encounter the power of…

Septuagesima – Order out of Chaos

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [Genesis 1:2-4] What a glorious couple of days we’ve been having with the weather.  When we walk around outside, we have a sense of the immense potential of Creation that is on the verge of…

Septuagesima – Obtaining the Prize

Obtaining the prize! In his letter to the Corinthians St. Paul gives us an analogy between Christians and athletes both wanting to obtain a prize. To St. Paul living at that time in the east of the Mediterranean, his world although part of the Roman empire would have been culturally Greek. To St. Paul writing this in his letter to the Corinthians  the Greek athletes and their competition in the Gymnasiums might be the analogy…

Septuagesima – Not labouring in vain

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it! Epiphany season has ended for us and we begin today with the shift in direction.  Epiphany was about revealing who God is in Jesus Christ.  And now we begin to shift our focus to the actions of God in Jesus Christ to save us, our salvation in Christ.  We are…

Septuagesima – Why labour?

You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you. On Thursday night this week there was a secret meeting held here at the Parsonage Hall – I’m sorry that I was not able to invite you all.  It was organized by Open Doors – an international charity, which was founded in the Netherlands, to support and encourage especially the persecuted Church throughout the world. Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of…