Sermons from 2021
The First Sunday after Christmas.
Sing carols to welcome the new baby Jesus.
we believe that birthing the LOVE of God within us and for others through us is still very real.
Biblical JOY which is so very much more than any transient or superficial experience of mere ‘happiness!’
We embrace Peace.
Our hope is not just that ‘Christ comes one day’ so much as that we get to see/ own/ realize Christ’s presence as having come now, wherever we are!
This is the God who in Christ insists on washing our feet.
Jesus stressed how easy it is to be tempted/ lured into settling for so much less than what God intends
In today’s reading we find Jesus choosing to contrast the superficial gesturing of the effortlessly wealthy with the sacrificial giving of the most desperately poor.
Even as we embrace our role as the saints that are called to unbind others, or at least to stop being the ones who are unhelpfully binding them into their too soon places of death.
To what extent, like Bartimaeus on the side of that road, are you aware and just sick of being blinded by so much in your personal or community life-experience – distorting and darkening your vision?
We don’t become any holier by puffing ourselves up!
Holy groaning is a freedom offered and given to us as a way to express our faith and human experience.
We aim for the very highest, as God intends us to be. We also know that as the Apostle Paul knew, we miss the mark.
Wisdom, if we choose to seek her – will never let us stagnate. Wisdom will keep leading us on until we have learned whatever it is we need to learn next.
As Christ-followers, surely we must know that we are called to notice and to live lives that are dedicated to embracing and reflecting God’s sacred reality
we look today at how we get to ‘experience’ what we believe?
For our faith to be real – more than just some unhelpful abstraction – some vague esoteric theory – it must impact our living in terms of both what we actually experience and then how we live.
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How do we get to eat this bread?
Who can you think of that is really particularly hungry for that ‘Bread of Life’ right now, and how can you be useful as part of Jesus’ food to feed them…?
in Jesus Christ, God ensures we understand God’s presence with us as being all very physical.
…they felt free enough to offer it – just what they had – and quite miraculously it was enough!
Why this focus on Jesus and the disciples noticing hunger? What are we to take from this?
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How can we take up this call to action: live out our active hope?
This week’s scripture reading is full, rich, and far too nuanced for us to do any kind of justice to it in just one sitting, but we can start, and do so curious to discover where it will lead us.
We all do actually have everything we need to face and to overcome whatever giant Goliaths may be taunting us!