Category Archives: Sermons

Lectionary Sermon for June 21, 2020, on Matthew 10:24-39

The Fine Print in the GospelEven if our faith encourages us to shut out the sounds and sights of the world for an hour on Sunday morning, it would be hard to pretend that hour makes all well with the … Continue reading

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Sermon for 7 June 2020, Trinity Sunday, Year A on Matthew 28: 16-20

Trinity and Covid-19: Where the rubber hits the road.It may well be an understatement to state much of the world’s population is struggling with consequences of the latest pandemic. Community shutdowns, overwhelmed health systems and sudden collapse in business confidence … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon May 31, 2020, Pentecost Year A on Acts 2: 1 – 21

Challenged by Fire and MysteryMaking sense of the strange accounts of Easter and its aftermath has long been a challenge for Christians in a scientific age. And if that wasn’t hard enough, before we can reflect on much of the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 May, 2020 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

FINDING RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S SET TEXT? Some parts of the Bible are a real challenge for those seeking guidance for current real life challenges. Sometimes it is pure happenstance that a particular set reading coincides with a current issue. And … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 May 2020, (Easter 6 A) on John 14:15-21

Commandments that call for ActionWhat the gospel writers chose to highlight in the central teaching of Jesus or say about his emphasis is not always how his aspiring followers subsequently live their response. Most church goers would for example be … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for May 10 2020 (Easter 5 A) on John 14:1-14

Deeds Greater than Those of the Master?Occasionally, life can get very tough indeed. One of the hardest lessons for those of us enjoying lives of comfort and privilege in a local setting where the majority enjoy lives of security – … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon Easter 4 May 3 2020 on John 10:1-10

On Being the Sheep or the GateThe gospels portray Jesus as a master story teller and as a wonderful example of someone who lives his message. Many hymns we sing in our worship services focus on praising Jesus and of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (April 26, 2020) on Luke 24; 13 -35

The Emmaus Road: A Parable about Jesus?There are some strange stories in the Bible and I suspect many of them are so bizarre we were never intended to take them all as literal, particularly with some of the weird stories … 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 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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