Trinity 16: True greatness

Trinity 16: True greatness Mark 9. 30-37 Do you want to be great? May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.  ‘I am the greatest’ the mantra of Mohammed Ali, some thought it presumptuous, but he really was a very successful boxer. If we are honest that’s how we’ve lived in this very ‘me’ … Read More

Trinity 13: The flow of power is reversed

Trinity 13: The flow of power is reversed Mark 7 1-23 (with omissions) Today we meet Jesus’ most persistent and regular antagonists, the Pharisees and the Scribes of Jerusalem… when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands they found fault. They are disputing about something that perhaps even Christians today barely even … Read More

Trinity 9: Food for thought

Trinity 9: Food for thought John 6.24-35 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are lots of idioms and sayings that include food but are not about food and we are familiar with the point being made when we hear them. A taste of paradise, I’ll eat my hat, or a grain … Read More

Easter7: “As you have sent me…”

“As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them…” John 17: 18 Have you ever had someone tell you they are praying for you? It’s likely we all have had people pray for us, but it is different when someone tells you they are praying for you. It might be when you are going through a … Read More

“The Kingdom of God is like…”

“The Kingdom of God is like…” Matthew 25:14-30 The parable of the talents is among the most misunderstood texts in the New Testament. Contrary to many peoples’ belief the parable does not justify a gospel of economic prosperity. Instead, it challenges us to imitate our Master by using all that God has given us for the sake of the kingdom. … Read More

Are we ready and waiting?

Are we ready and waiting? Matthew 25: 1-13 Nestled in what is sometimes called Jesus’ end of time teaching the parable of the bridesmaids follows his warnings about the end when many will fall away from the faith and the faithful will be hated by the world. The parable in today’s reading teaches all would-be disciples of Jesus the importance … Read More

‘Right Attitudes’, ‘Right Actions’, and ‘Right Reactions’

‘Right Attitudes’, ‘Right Actions’, and ‘Right Reactions’ Matthew 5.1-12 “Remember, remember the fifth of November gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes, Guy, twas his intent to blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England’s overthrow. By God’s mercy he was catchd with … Read More

Is the Messiah a priest or king, and whose son is he?

Is the Messiah a priest or king, and whose son is he? Matthew 22.34–46 So near and so far, it was almost touching distance, only twenty nine thousanths of a second and he would have won the formula one race. I am amazed in sport at just how small the difference is between winning and coming second. But that is … Read More

Trinity 17: Whose vineyard is it?

Whose vineyard is it? Matthew 21: 33-46 In this time of uncertainty, entirely due to the corona virus, I have been thinking seriously about my own mortality and my last will and testimony. Do I name the grandchildren individually or do I let their parents’ sort out what each should receive? I remember my own great grandma and our conversations … Read More

Trinity 7: It’s all in the metaphor

It’s all in the metaphor. Matthew 13.31-33,44-52 It’s all in the metaphor. Amen. Stories are a wonderful way of telling a truth that is easily understood and readily stored in our memory. Cast your minds back to the stories of your childhood. The boy, who cried wolf, it’s a warning never to play games with truth, especially where safety is … Read More

Trinity 4: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11: 16-19, 25ff Jesus was not happy. “You’re like a bunch of spoiled children, unhappy with whatever is offered you. You want it all your own your way. John the Baptist came neither eating nor drinking and you said he was possessed by demons. I come eating and drinking … Read More

Trinity 3: How welcome are you?

How welcome are you? What’s your hospitality like? Matt.10: 40-42 We love a good party here at St Mary’s. The Parish Dinner at the Golf Club in January, the Parish BBQ in June, Coffee Mornings each month, a Fellowship Christmas lunch and a summer picnic. Not to mention coffee before the monthly concerts, coffee after services and many other events … Read More

Trinity 2: If you thought…

Trinity 2 ~ If you thought it was going to be easy, think again. Matthew 10:24-39 It’s human nature, we like to cherry pick the Scriptures that are easy to read and resonate with us because they have brought us comfort; they have remained with us through the ups and downs of life. But there are other Scriptures that are … Read More

Climbing the ladder of success

Sorry there is no audio for this sermonClimbing the Ladder of Success Lk 14: 1,7-14 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. An American monk once said something we may not really want to hear, but we can immediately connect with, the uncomfortable truth about Jesus’ teaching in our gospel today. Thomas Merton said, … Read More