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.

Summer Series on Micah 6:8 (Day of Mourning) 22 January 2023

Introduction The last three Sundays we have focused on Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good and what does the Lord require of youbut to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” We reflected on what it means to: “To act justly, to love-kindness and to walk humbly with God.” When I conceived the Summer Series focusing on Micah 6:8 I saw the series as a kind of preparation for this Service…

Summer Series: Mich 6:8 – 15 January 2023

Theme:          ‘To Love Tenderly’ Introduction “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  – Micah 6:8 The first Sunday of January we reflected together on what it means to walk humbly with God and last Sunday we reflected on  what it means to act justly. This morning we are reflecting on what it means to love tenderly. Let us…

Summer Series: Mich 6:8 – 8 January 2023

Introduction “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 Last Sunday we reflected together on, what it means to walk humbly with God. Let’s recap. Micah paints the scene of a courtroom in which God is the prosecutor and the people are the accused. In delivering his prophecy, Micah alternates among the roles of narrator,…

Summer Series: Mich 6:8 – 1 January 2023

Theme: Walk Humbly with God Introduction “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of youbut to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:1-8  When asked by friends to name my favourite verse in the Bible, I always say Micah 6:8. It’s not exactly my favourite, because the word favourite implies something much simpler than what I really feel. Truth is Micah 6:8 found me, and it…

25 December 202

Introduction Let me begin my Christmas reflection by bursting some myths.Christmas is not about presents. It’s not about lights and decorations.It’s not about Christmas trees. It’s not about family gathering.It’s not about food. It’s not about trying to be nice to all.It’s not about singing Christmas carols. All these things are fine and good, but you and I know that’s not what Christmas is all about. For centuries the narrative of the birth of Jesushas been commercialised , has been…

18 December 2022

If you face trials and in the future – today’s message is for you to remember on that day and to give you hope. If you have lived through troubled times in the past – this message is for you to find peace as you remember and reconcile that past. And if your life is blissfully free of such concerns – Rejoice! This message will affirm the joy of those who are saved from the sins of this world. And…

11 December 2022

Introduction First, on this Third Sunday of Advent I want you to invite you to accompany me on a journey. A journey of imagination. Is that alright? At certain points of my reflection, I want us to imagine together how might John feel or what John might be thinking? Are you ready? A straightforward, common-sense reading of Matthew 11 would tell us that John the Baptist, unhappily rotting away in prison, has been getting reports about the work of Jesus?…

27 November 2022

You will probably have already noted that I do like a catchy title.  It’s a long tradition in our family which you may have noticed with Peter’s drama scripts.  It even extended to Lissa’s honours thesis, when her supervisor asked her did she not want to choose a more academic title.  The title of my reflection, though simple, expresses everything I want to say about today’s reading.     “Live ready!”  Advent is an important season in the church’s calendar. Advent –…

20 November 2022

Theme: Made to reign, minding your internal affairs! We have heard through the voice of Jeremiah that the Lord says, “I will raise a righteous branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land…” What if, the Lord is speaking directly to you? What if you are the righteous branch that shall be raised, to reign, to deal wisely, to execute justice and righteousness here in Manningham and in this…

13 november 2022

Kindness. Today we are celebrating loving, merciful, kindness. I think people tend to focus more attention on great, or grand, or radical actions, rather than small, simple, kindhearted actions. I know people do this, because I am aware that I do this. Two weeks ago for All Saints Sunday, we gave thanks for the faith and witness of saints who show us the fruits of God’s grace in their lives. We celebrated: Gregory of Nyssa one of the greatest theologians…

6 November

Introduction The gospel reading for this morning, Luke 20:27-38 quite frankly, most likely will sound odd, archaic, and even irrelevant to most of us. Stay with me and don’t switch off, together we will try to make sense of this passage. A bit of historical context. The primary historical element that will demand some attention is the role of the Sadducees, who though in some ways the rivals to the Pharisees, were united with them in their opposition to Jesus.…

23 October 2022

The parable begins…Two men went up to the Temple to pray… and then ends a few verses later by concluding…and one went down to his home justified. In between is a story that most of us are familiar with.  One of the men is extremely confident in himself.  He is a Pharisee, one who has devoted his life to his faith and to his synagogue.  He strides to the front of the church and stands up proudly to pray.  His…

16 October 2022

Texts: Luke 18:1-9Date:  13 October 2022 Introduction The parable in Luke 18:1-8, often known as the “Parable of the Unjust Judge”, is a familiar parable to many of us. The parable is about a “Persistent Woman.” Now there are only two characters in the parable itself: The unjust judge and the persistent widow. Which character do you identify with? Are you the judge or the widow? I might be wrong but I think most of us would identify with the…

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…