Worship Reflections

Worship Reflections

Missed church on Sunday? Want to revisit something that was spoken about last Sunday? Read the reflections that were given at last Sunday’s (and previous) services.

2 October 2022

Texts:             Lamentations 1:1-6 and 3:19-26 Introduction How could this happen? How could this happen to our sixteen-year-old daughter? Why did it happen to us?Why did it happen to us,our family have served God all our lives. How could this happen? Why did it happen to us? Two very difficult questions to answer. The book of Lamentations is a problematic text. Written in the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE these five poems give voice to the pain…

18 September 2022

Text:   Luke 16:1-13 Introduction Every now and then, we come upon a passage of Scripture that is especially difficult to understand or challenging to preach on. This morning’s gospel passage – Luke 16:1- 13 is one such passage. Any commentator will tell you that this is a difficult text. The story itself sounds quite contemporary. Doesn’t it? Luke’s Gospel tells of a dishonest manager who is about to be fired for misappropriating company funds. He considers restitution for his embezzlement,…

11 September 2022

Being Lost. Being Found. Being Invited to the Party. Why do fairy tales have happy endings? Because if they happened at the beginning there would not be a tale! Once upon a time there was a shepherd who had 100 sheep. None of them ever got lost. And so he still had 100 sheep. The end. Once there was a woman who had 10 valuable coins. She never lost any of them, so she still had her 10 coins. The…

4 September 2022

Text: Luke 8: 40-56 There are times we have experienced disappointments with God. God seems to not fit into our hopes, dreams, and plans. God seems to have a mind of God’s own and operates on a different timeline. We all may have our own stories and still have questions that we want to ask God why God allowed things to happen contrary to our hopes and plans. In the reading we had we have a story of a father…

28 August 2022

REFLECTION      …best seat in the house!                             28 August, 2022 Who has the best seat in the house? We can all be a little particular about where we sit.  For instance, we all know there is something wrong with the first row of seats in church.  No one ever wants to sit in that row!  So, I love the people that come and sit down the front. Possibly we choose a seat in church because we need to be near…

21 August 2022

Text:  Luke 13:10-17Story: A Healing Story: Jesus Heals a Crippled WomanAuthor: LukeWhere:  Jesus was teaching in a SynagogueWhen: On Sabbath Luke describes Jesus’ teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath, but we are not informed about the content of his teaching. Background and situation:  The passage is Lukan. For the first time since 12:1,we have a change in venue. Jesus had been speaking to disciples and large crowds. Now, he appears in “one of the synagogues.” The story is one…

14 August 2022

Faith in Everyday Heroes – Hebrews 11:32-37 Chris Waddell    Most of you would have met my 9-year-old son. He is obsessed with superheroes. He has got so many costumes, masks, toys, comic books and anything you can get about them. It doesn’t matter who it is. It can be from DC or Marvel, he loves them all. I think all of us have had some kind of attachment towards superheroes sometime in our lives. I think there is something about…

24 July 2022

This morning we will be looking at another one of the wonderful stories in Luke’s gospel – the walk to Emmaus. This story is only found in Luke’s gospel, with this very brief mention in Mark

17 July 2022

Theme:        Meals as Enacted Salvation – Chapter 5 IntroductionToday we reflect on Chapter 5 of ‘A Meal with Jesus’ by Tim Chester. Chapter 5 is about Meals as enacted salvation. In Chapter 5 Chester explores the theology of food and meals, the Passoverand the Last Supper. According to Chester, “To understand the Lord’s Supper,  we need to sketch a biblical theology of food and meals.”His theology of good and meals are: We Use Food for Control Instead of Looking…

10 July 2022

Intro to Reading Three weeks ago, we read about Jesus at a meal with a tax collector. The Jewish people had a gracious system to provide public revenue for widows, orphans and the homeless. They had tithes and land tax, but so-called “tax collectors” were people who went outside that system and disgracefully collaborated with the foreign Roman Empire. The tax collector was someone who needed divine grace and he found it in a meal with Jesus. Two weeks ago…

3 July 2022

Introduction Thursday morning, 30th of June 2022. 4.35 am at my desk seeking to write my reflection for today. I woke up around 2.30 am lying in the bed re-reading Chapter 3, of ‘A Meal with Jesus’ – Meals as Enacted Hope. After re-reading the chapter I got up and went to the kitchen. Washed the pots and wok, plates and bowls, and started making soup for Thursday’s study group. As I washed, I was reflecting on the chapter I…