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Lectionary sermon for 19 April 2020 Year A Easter 2 on John 20: 19-31

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE SKEPTICS The expression “Doubting Thomas” is traditionally used to heap scorn on those who question some aspect of faith. I want to suggest that this is not just a disservice to Thomas but even a … Continue reading

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Sermon for Easter Sunday Year A

It is not surprising that Easter matters to the wider Christian Church. Yet if we have ever moved from one section of the Church to another I am guessing we have all realized that there is a disconcerting variety of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Good Friday, Year A, on selected passages from John Chs18 -19

Good Friday Sermon, Year ASince we are now at a point in political history when there has been much written and said about walls, have you noticed the irony associated with Jesus’ crucifixion? Jesus had spent much of his mission … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Lent 6 Year A) April 5, 2020 Matthew 21:1-11

CALLED TO WATCH – OR SOMETHING MORE?Palm Sunday is a curiously appropriate festival as a backdrop for the setting of the current Coronavirus upheaval. However I would argue the relevance comes not so much in the significance of Jesus in … Continue reading

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Invited Reflection by Richard Small 15 March 2020 John 4 5-42

The following is offered in the context of the memorial to the Christchurch Shooting at the two Mosques.    Our gospel reading this week challenges us to move beyond our own understanding and comfort zones in our lent journey. The … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 5 A on John 11:1-45 March 29

If I had my time again as a teacher, I like to think I would encourage all serious science and history students to read Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not taken” That poem concerns a traveller walking through the wood, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon, 22 March 2020 Lent 4, Year A, on John 9:1-41

A PARABLE FOR MODERNS?Bishop Brian Tamaki, the founder of one of the local mega-churches in South Auckland, is quoted as saying that if his parishioners turn to God and pay their tithes, God will protect them from Coronavirus (N-COVID19). To … Continue reading

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