Sunday Sermons

Epiphany 3: Presentation of Christ

This week we will celebrate an important event in the Epiphany season. It is on Wednesday we recall the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. The moment when Jesus is taken to the Temple by Mary and Joseph to follow the law given to Moses about purification. The child is presented in the Holy place and through the words and prophecies of Simeon and Anna the devoted Jewish worshippers it is revealed that Jesus will be the Messiah whom the Jews had been waiting for. And more than this the two elderly worshippers speak of a wider purpose for the Messiah .. not just to save Israel but the whole world. An important moment which begins to shift the perception of God’s salvation away from the Jewish people and to the whole world. As Simeon declares in what we now know as the nunc dimittis, the final words of many funerals ..

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Sunday Sermons

Epiphany 2: Abundance

I want you to imagine the scene if you will. A wedding. Your son or daughter’s wedding. A wedding celebration full of your family and friends, neighbours and work colleagues. A celebration you had been planning ever since your child was young. The kind of celebration you had been to at other people’s invitation. A party so large and which would go on for so long that you needed to borrow some large stone water jars to ensure enough water for ceremonial washing during the days of feasting. Because it would go on for days. You would need around 240 gallons of water available. The music, laughter, food and drink would go on for days. .. or would it?

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