Little Baby: New Kingdom

Sermon preached by Archedeacon Trevor Harrison 29 December 2019: Matthew 2:13-23 Christmas is over. Already people are starting to take the decorations down, to put the crib scenes away and the tree has been dragged out waiting to be next winter's firewood. It's over. Now back to normal. Christmas is a wonderland, a fantasy of peace, joy, love and goodwill. But normal is the world as it really is, the workaday, ordinary fallen world. And yet, after all of tyhe partying,... read more

Christmas: God's practical joke

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison at the Midnight Mass of the Nativity 25 December 2019 It’s a marvellous, wonderful, wise, loving practical joke. Christmas! The Nativity! There’s God, down through the centuries, listening to the prophecies about the Messiah. Some of them were wonderful and beautiful and spoke the mind of God. Others thundered away about the Conqueror, the one who would come riding on a white charger, with sword in hand, a leader that would be better and... read more

The Temple in Jerusalem

Sermon Preached by Acting Dean Trevor Harrison 17 November 2019 Luke 21:5-19 The Temple in Jerusalem was one of the most splendid man-made sights in the world at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In the Temple the pillars of the porches and of the cloisters were columns of white marble, thirteen metres high, each made of one single block of stone. Of the ornaments, the most famous was the great vine made of solid gold, the grape clusters each being... read more

When I Met the Black Widow

Sermon Preached by Acting Dean Trevor Harrison on 7 November 2019. I met the ‘Black Widow’ first when I was asked to conduct the funeral service for her third husband and she introduced herself to me with, “They call me the ‘Black Widow.’” All fine and good and we farewelled her third husband in fine style. Where it got difficult was when some time later she turned up in my office with a man in tow and she said, “We would... read more

Radical Discipleship

Sermon Preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison on 8 September 2019 Luke 14:25-33 Around 11.30pm on 14 April 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The radio operator sent out a distress signal giving the ship’s position before it disastrously sank. The signal was picked up by an aging steam vessel called the Carpathia. The captain immediately recognised the enormity of the situation and the desperate peril of the Titanic passengers. In a frantic bid to get... read more

"Love one another." That's an order!

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison 19 May 2019 John 13:31-35 Palm Sunday was nearing for Father Elias Chacour, priest of the , an ancient hilltop village near Haifa, in Northern Israel. Ibillin was a village surrounded by olive trees, some of them older than Christianity. Father Elias was struggling with how to bring the reality of Easter into the life of his congregation, which very much mirrored the church in which they worshipped and which was falling down. The divisions... read more

Light is God's first creation

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison 5 May 2019 John 21:1-19 Light is God’s first creation, after he formed the heavens and the earth. And humankind has been discovering its amazing miracles ever since: Aristotle’s early observations of the “purity” of light; Galileo’s attempts to measure the speed of light;Newton’s experiments in wave lengths and how they produce colours and the invention, in the 1960s of the laser, by which scientists can generate coherent light. Computers can be tiny, an... read more

Things are not always as they seem

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison - 7 April 2019 John 12:1-8 Things are not always as they seem. Rarely is reality simple, flat, non-conflicted. Things are hardly ever as they first appear. In John’s Gospel things are hardly ever as they first appear. Here, a week before Palm Sunday, we have Jesus in Bethany visiting his good friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus. The scene at first suggests mellow domestic ambience. Jesus is dining with good friends and enjoying good food.... read more

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