Sermons - March 2019 Print

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 we’re faced with suffering, we ask some big questions: Why – why did this happen? Why me? What’s the point of it all? Where do we go from here? How do I make sense of what’s happened? Where is God in this? Why do bad things happen to good people? And it’s tempting to give neat, tidy answers. Over these past days, in the wake of the horrific events in Christchurch, I’ve 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. It’s an old and very tempting argument. Bad things happen to bad people. And when it’s applied theologically, it gives us a God who obeys the laws of physics. For every action there’s an opposite reaction. But in today’s 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…’ It’s a classic image, and it’s one that Jesus uses in today’s 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

It’s reasonable to expect the preacher on the first Sunday of Lent to talk about temptation, after all we’ve 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, let’s think about a temptation that besets all of us. It’s 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. It’s a tough message, though we aren’t told it to make us feel awful, but to remind us of what of really matters in life – to remind us that we are God’s 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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