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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.  See other sermons here: www.stmatts.org.nz/sermons.html

 

24 November 2019

Christ the King

Oirdinary Sunday 34 (C)
Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Christ the King… I wonder what associations come to mind when you hear the title king. The History Channel serves as my default channel, so I tend to think of historical figures that ruled for good or ill and, of course, the British monarchy is presently experiencing some uncomfortable challenges. Whether we’re monarchists or republicans, we bring to the word our own agendas. But Christ the king – what does this mean?

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17 November 2019 - Guest preacher

 

10 November 2019

Dragonflies and Resurrection

Ordinary Sunday 32 (C)
Luke 20:27-38

In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs that couldn’t understand why some of their kind never came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. So, they promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to see the surface. He rested himself on the top of the lily pad and went through a glorious transformation that made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realised that even if he could see them, they would not recognise such a radiant creature as one of their number...

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3 November 2019 - All Souls

None are Lost.
Lamentations 3:17-26, 31-33 & John 6:37-40

The death of a person we love, the death of one who has, in some way touched our lives, leaves us grieving. We know that our lives will never be the same again. Our grief is always a part of us. For some of us it is still very raw; for others it has softened, as gradually we learn to live without their physical presence. But we each know, in our own way, what it is to grieve, and we may echo the words of the ancient poet who penned our first reading – a poem of lament and sorrow: “my soul is bereft of peace; and is bowed down within me.”

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3 November 2019 - All Saints

The Feast of All Saints
Ephesians 1:11-23 & Luke 6:20-31

This feast of ‘All Saints’ is a very old celebration – going back to the third and fourth centuries. It’s a way of honouring our sisters and brothers in Christ who have, in some way, made Christ visible. It’s a celebration that allows us to express our sense of oneness with them, reminding us, that with them, we are part of Christ’s body, God’s family, which extends across the face of the earth, but also transcends all time, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven...

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