Sermons - July 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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28 July 2019

Lord, teach us to pray.
Ordinary Sunday 17 (C)
Luke 11:1-13

One of the disciples said to Jesus, Lord, teach us to pray. We know what Jesus said. Its included in every liturgy within A New Zealand Prayer Book, and its familiarity extends beyond the bounds of a regular church congregation. I was with a group of Muslims and they asked me lead them in prayer. One of them leaned over to me and said, If you want, use the Lords Prayer. We know it.

What does this familiar prayer say? Weve heard Lukes version. It briefer than Matthews, but the essence is the same. The opening word is a declaration of relationship: Father. Father might sound rather formal, but in Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke) the word Abba is more intimate, like Dad or even Daddy...

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21 July 2019

Hanging out with Jesus
Ordinary Sunday 16 (C)
Luke 10: 38-42

Jesus is travelling towards Jerusalem and on his way stops off at the village of Bethany, calling in at the house of his friends, Mary and Martha. Martha welcomes Jesus, makes him feel at home, and then gets back to her tasks. Meanwhile, her sister, Mary, sits down in the front room with Jesus, hanging on every word he utters, but Martha remains occupied with the practical things that have to be done. You know how it is. Its a familiar domestic situation...

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7 July 2019

The seventy ... Thats us
Ordinary Sunday 14 (c)
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. Heres a glimpse of how ministry and mission was first undertaken. Jesus sends out seventy people to share the good news. We dont know their names, but they undoubtedly, along with the twelve disciples, formed the core of the early Christian community. Interestingly, seventy is about the average size of a 10am congregation here at St Matthews. So these seventy might be us, and the instructions Jesus gives them might also be applicable to us...

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