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Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website. Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure. Below are this month's sermons.

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24 March 2019

In the face of suffering Why?
Lent 3 (C)
Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

When tragedy strikes, when were faced with suffering, we ask some big questions: Why why did this happen? Why me? Whats the point of it all? Where do we go from here? How do I make sense of whats happened? Where is God in this? Why do bad things happen to good people? And its tempting to give neat, tidy answers. Over these past days, in the wake of the horrific events in Christchurch, Ive read and heard some responses that try to make it all sound very simple. Some of those responses, like that of a certain Australian politician are downright offensive. In effect they place the blame on the victims themselves. Its an old and very tempting argument. Bad things happen to bad people. And when its applied theologically, it gives us a God who obeys the laws of physics. For every action theres an opposite reaction. But in todays Gospel passage we hear Jesus refusing to buy into that argument...

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17 March 2019

The fox and the hen
Lent 2 (C)
Luke 13:31-35

There was once a little red hen that lived in a house by herself in the wood. And over the hill, in a hole in the rocks, lived a sly, crafty old fox Its a classic image, and its one that Jesus uses in todays Gospel reading: the sly, predatory fox and the comforting, protective hen...

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10 March 2019

The temptation to forget
Lent 1 (C)
Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

Its reasonable to expect the preacher on the first Sunday of Lent to talk about temptation, after all weve just heard about Jesus temptations. And, yes, I want to talk about temptation, but not about Jesus temptations, nor those pet temptations that we might strive to overcome this Lent. Rather, lets think about a temptation that besets all of us. Its the temptation to forget to forget who we are, to forget what God has done for us, to forget where we came from and who gave us life, to forget who created us, who sustains us and makes it possible for us to be who we are and to do all that we can...

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6 March 2019 - Ash Wednesday

The gift of the heart
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
These words, spoken to Adam, are spoken to us today. They are uttered as ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of a cross.

Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
They take us back to basics back to the fact that one day we shall die that one day our bodies shall be but dust. Its a tough message, though we arent told it to make us feel awful, but to remind us of what of really matters in life to remind us that we are Gods creatures. The way Genesis describes it God took a handful of dust, breathed into it, and then there was life: humankindcreated by the hand of God...

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