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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 23 February 2020 on Matthew 5:38-48 (Alternative for this date! … still working on Transfiguration service!!!)

Believing or Following? If you believe in attempting to follow Jesus’ teaching as summarized in the Sermon on the Mount, sorting out the detail of belief may have to take second place to reorienting our attitudes and actions, particularly if … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

If the White House Spiritual Advisor is indeed correct in claiming Mr Trump is the “Chosen One”, can anyone tell me how I should go about getting a refund on all those years of donations via the Church offering plate??

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Lectionary Sermon for 1 December 2019 , (Advent 1 A) based on Matthew 24: 36-44

As a young teenager – a now admittedly distant memory – I remember the first time I encountered end-time missionaries with their dire warnings of impending doom for the unbelievers, it did seem plausible.  Now it has reached the point where … Continue reading

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Alternative Sermon for “Reign of Christ” (Christ the King) Sunday 24 November on Luke 23 33-43

Honouring the Un-king-like King For those among us who like to make a great fuss of visiting royalty, there must be some puzzlement at our lectionary compositors in choosing today’s gospel to honour Christ the King Sunday. Those lectionary scholars … Continue reading

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Telepathy for True Believers

I have channelled a poem from the Australian poet, Jim Pike. It is for those out there who believe in Telepathy…here goes….           Well, what do you think of it so far?? Thanks Jim.

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Trump Mark Two

It is a great shame for Mr Trump’s current credibility that he has insisted on making some of his more bizarre past threats and boasts in front of the TV cameras. Certainly in the wake of the recent letter bomb … Continue reading

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Research proves arming teachers won’t make students safer — ThinkProgress

After last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Americans are imploring their leaders to take serious action on gun control. During a town hall Wednesday night, for instance, survivors of the shooting suggested plenty of steps that could be taken, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for December 10 2017 (2B) on Mark 1, 1-8, Isaiah 40 1-11

We live in a world where papering over the cracks has been elevated to an art form. Far from self assessment, getting ready for Christmas has come to mean responding to advertising, putting up shiny decorations, twinkling lights and listening … Continue reading

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