The Day of Judgment
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The Day of Judgment

Second Sunday Before Advent 19 November Readings: Zephaniah 1. 7, 12-end; 1 Thess. 5. 1-11; Matt. 25. 14-30 Theme: The Day of Judgment The theme running through all three of our readings today is that of the judgment of the Lord, ‘The Day of the Lord’, as it is also called. But why are we...

War and Peace
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War and Peace

Remembrance Sunday November 12, 2023 Readings: Amos 5. 18-24; 1 Thess. 4. 13-end; Mt. 25. 1-13 Theme: War and Peace   The primary purpose of any government or ruling authority is to secure the peace and order of their territory. Together with the power to rule comes the responsibility to ensure that people are kept...

The Communion of Saints
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The Communion of Saints

All Saints Day 5 November Readings: Rev. 7. 9-end; 1 Jn. 3. 1-3; Mt. 5. 1-12 Theme: The Communion of Saints   Today we remember those whom we have dearly loved and have died. They go before us to meet the lord and the pain of their absence is something which remains with us. Our...

Love of God and Love of Neighbour
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Love of God and Love of Neighbour

Sermon Last After Trinity, 29 October Readings: Leviticus 19. 1-2, 15-18; 1 Thessalonians 2. 1-8; Mt. 22. 34-46 Theme: Love of God and Neighbour Law in the Jewish tradition is much more than simply a set of rules and regulations. It codifies the mission of the Jewish nation to all the other tribes and nations....

God or Caesar?
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God or Caesar?

Sermon Trinity 20, 22 October Readings: Is. 45. 1-7; 1 Thess. 1. 1-10; Mt. 22. 15-22 Theme: God or Caesar?   The relationship between religion and politics is one which has shaped societies since the advent of civilisation. The first reading from Isaiah today speaks of the Persian king Cyrus as ‘the anointed of the...

God’s Invitation
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God’s Invitation

Sermon Trinity 19, 15 October Readings: Is. 25 1-9; Phil. 4. 1-9; Mt. 22. 1-14 Theme: God’s Invitation   The theme of our readings for today is God’s invitation. We are each invited to partake in his messianic banquet. This is spoken of in the first reading from Isaiah as ‘a feast of rich food’...

The Vineyard of the Kingdom
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The Vineyard of the Kingdom

Trinity 18, 8 October 2023 Readings: Is. 5. 1-7; Phil. 3. 4b-14; Mt. 21. 33-end. Theme: The Vineyard of the Kingdom It is a well-known saying that the garden is a place to feel close to God. There is something about the calmness of nature, its various colours and smells that fills us with awe...

The Authority of Jesus
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The Authority of Jesus

Trinity 17 Ez. 18. 1-4; 25-32; Phil. 2. 1-13; Mt. 21. 23-32 Theme: The Authority of Jesus   ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’, ask the chief priest and the elders in the Jerusalem temple. ‘By what authority is Jesus doing these things?’   This is a question which accompanies the earthly life...

Liturgy as Harvest Festival
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Liturgy as Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Readings: Dt. 26. 1-11; 2 Cor. 9. 6-15; Jn. 1. 29-36 Theme: Liturgy as Harvest Festival In countries in the Northern hemisphere, September is often a beautiful time. It is a time when some crops that have been grown during the year are harvested. I particularly love in England, at least, that feeling...

Forgiveness and Salvation
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Forgiveness and Salvation

Trinity 15 Readings: Genesis 50. 15-21; Romans 14. 1-12; Matthew 18. 21-35 Theme: Forgiveness and Salvation   Our readings today make clear the intrinsic connection between forgiveness and salvation. The story of Joseph and his brothers recounts the tale of the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers for the special affection that their father, Jacob, has for...