Sermons
5th Sunday after Pentecost

Selected readings: Lamentations 3:22-33 & Mark 5:21-43 Sunday 28th June 2015 The readings this morning are somehow disturbing and well reflected in the title of our O.T. reading this morning which is called “Lamentations”. The book of Laments has primarily to do about Jerusalem being sacked, the people taken into captivity into faraway Babylon, how they dreamed about their lost land, their temple the place of worship where they had a sense of closeness to God, now destroyed. Their feelings truly... read more

The Seed of the Kingdom.

(Pentecost 3 - Mark 4:26­-34) Our Gospel passage today is like a great hug of encouragement. We have just heard it spelled out by Jesus, through his servant Mark the Gospel­ writer, read by his servant Caroline/Annie, that your testimony is bursting with the potential to provide light for others and shelter; a safe place for others to protect their young. Yes – that's right – your testimony. Your walk with God. I personally don't very often feel that my faith... read more

Harvest Festival

What are your harvest memories? Perhaps you are privileged to recall large family gardens, pumpkins running rampant, corn puffing up on stalks, the wonder of potatoes hidden under the ground, and fruit trees laden with apples, plums and pears. Perhaps your experience is to know, that whatever else you might be without – it won’t be simple wholefood in this our country, the place of agricultural and horticultural abundance. One memory of harvest for me is watching a group of children... read more

A New Commandment

Mā te Atua koe e tiaki ­ God be with you. This is an incredibly special week in the life of the church. A festival week. This Thursday is Ascension Day, which we celebrate with an outdoor Eucharist (7.30am – come and share communion OUTSIDE) we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It's a stunningly beautiful service – even if it's rainy and cold­ filled with thoughts of those who, at dawn on the mountaintop, saw Jesus return to the... read more

Tasty Fruit

Isaiah Chapter 5:1-7 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.... read more

God's covenant love is unconditional

7pm Service 29th Sept. Genesis 28:10-17 Intro/Context: It’s a little odd working with the lectionary sometimes! I’m not familiar enough with it to see it’s pattern and understand why the scripture has been divided the way it has. But for your information, if you’re on the preaching roster for any of the services, there are three passages you can choose to preach from. I decided to go for this one as the context felt a little easier to describe than the... read more

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