Sermons
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

Who do you say I am?

Mark 8:27-38 I don’t know about you, but I often have a crisis of character as I try to work out who I really am. I can blame this on the roles I am now in for some of it and those I have recently been in. In my current role as Priest-in-charge of this Cathedral I struggle to know whether I am a resident of Hawera or of New Plymouth. In my previous role I was equally recognised as an... read more

World Peace Day

Today, being the nearest Sunday to the 6th August, we observe as World Peace Day. This is marked this day as it is also Hiroshima Day, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price – the two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly... read more

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene was the first eyewitness of the Risen Jesus and the first to proclaim this to his disciples, and so she could rightly be titled ‘the Apostle to the Apostles’, but she never was. Furthermore, when in the Acts of the Apostles we are told of the disciples seeking to find a replacement for Judas Iscariot, they laid down the criteria for his replacement, namely, “So one who has accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went... read more

Getting Better

When I saw the readings for today, I was unable to see what the lectionary writer was pointing me to. Usually it’s possible to discern a theme, but it wasn’t clear. This week it just wasn’t there. So, I am pleased to offer something a bit different this morning. It is largely the work of a Quaker friend, who seemed genuinely surprised when I asked her if I could use it. Despite considerable talent both as a writer and as a... read more

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