Sunday Sermons

A time for tearing down .. Mark 13 v 1-8

We are moving towards the end of the Christian calendar and next week is the final week of the Christian year .. we are not very good at coming to end of things are we?? There can be a deep sense of loss or sadness when things come to an end.

In our readings we have an insight into one of the great themes of Jesus mission and message which was not apparent from the start. Continue reading “A time for tearing down .. Mark 13 v 1-8”

Sunday Sermons

Remembrance Day 2018

We have gathered this morning to remember. To remember the power of love, of sacrifice, to recall memories of courage shown and peace pursued. We all know the power of remembering. And perhaps this is why in the modern world one of our greatest fears is loss of memories!!

Never mind the anxieties we face around political upheaval or environmental damage or of terrorism or as we recall today the horror of war between nations. Never mind these fears, in my experience these are at least matched if not surpassed by the fear of losing our memory. And with the increasing impact of illnesses such as dementia and alzheimer’s in our communities this fear looms large. On a morning like this when we embrace the power of memories it is perhaps important to face our fears and ask what the Christian  faith might say about such matters. Should we fear the fact that our lives, and lives such as those lost in wars might be forgotten?? Continue reading “Remembrance Day 2018”

Thursday Reflections

All Saints Reflection

As we come towards the end of the Church year we celebrate this great feast of All Saints. Normally we apply the word to people of extraordinary holiness who have been canonised or beatified by the Church .. but today’s feast uses the word in a much wider sense .. in particular we remember all those who have now died and are in God’s presence .. hence we read from Revelation of that great promise of heaven. What a glorious and hopeful picture!

Still further though on this day we also celebrate the saints as being all those on earth with a shared call to holiness .. Continue reading “All Saints Reflection”

Thursday Reflections

Sense, Feel, Think …

The Gospel today brings to light a very important point: to simply know about somebody is very different from actually knowing them personally. We can confirm this in relation to the modern world very easily .. all the people we know about through the media .. but we do not of course really know them. Herod was intrigued and wanted to know Jesus .. not just about him.

We can understand this desire in relation to the Aboriginal Approach to Life …. Continue reading “Sense, Feel, Think …”

Sunday Sermons

Father’s Day 2018

Today is Father’s Day and a day when we reflect I suppose on what it means for someone to Father well .. what are the qualities of Fatherhood we look for in someone who will father us..and in various ways how we will father others. Whether our actual Father’s with all their limits and failings or those who act in a fatherly way towards us .. most of all to a God we so often call Father!!

We have I think a tendency to think of good fathering as being strong and instructive and perhaps protecting .. and this is of course part of what we hope for from Father’s and indeed God. But it is not the whole picture because our passages this morning invite us to think of a more mature kind of fathering .. a different stage of fathering perhaps we might say .. a fathering which knows when to leave us alone to get on with life because that is how we grow and learn once we are older. Continue reading “Father’s Day 2018”