Sermons from November 2022

Sermons from November 2022

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.…