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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.

11 Mar 2018 - Lent 4

Lent 4 (Year B) – Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2: 1-10; John 3: 14-21
Serpents and Love and Life

I recall a photo of my daughter with a snake wrapped around her shoulders – and my daughter was smiling with delight. It’s beyond my comprehension how she could enjoy the experience. Snakes don’t do much for me, and I think people like my daughter who can handle them with apparent pleasure, are rather strange...

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4 Mar 2018 - Lent 3

Lent 3 (Year B) – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The foolish God

I’ve lived my entire life within the context of the Christian faith and so it’s easy for me to take the gospel for granted. I read a passage of scripture for the umpteenth time and think, been there before. Then, out of the blue, a line that’s so familiar catches me. This happened as I pondered this morning’s passage from a letter Paul wrote to the young church community in Corinth. It starts off: ‘For the message about the cross is foolishness….’

...The foolishness of the cross that Paul proclaims, which caught me afresh as I read those words, takes us back to the heart of who God is. God is love, and love by its very nature makes itself vulnerable and powerless. Love shares in the pain and degradation that is part of human existence. Love participates in the fact of our mortality – and in our fears and anxieties. Love stretched out its arms on the cross and embraced us. Foolish it may seem, but it’s the message that we proclaim, and it’s the life we were baptised into. It’s what is placed in our hands today (in yet another act of divine foolery) as we receive the body and blood of Jesus – as we are fed with divine love...

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25 Feb 2018 - Lent 2

Lent 2 (Year B) – Mark 8:27-38
At that fork in the road

We’ve reached a decisive point in Mark’s Gospel. It’s a fork in the road. One route points to Jerusalem, and Jesus knows that’s where he’s headed for, and what awaits him there. But the disciples want him to go down the other road...

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18 Feb 2018 - Lent 1

Lent 1 (Year B) – Mark 1:9-15
The Lenten Sandwich

On the first Sunday in Lent we always hear an account of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. It sets the scene for the forty days of Lent. This year we get Mark’s version – but notice how brief it was. Mark describes it in just two verses, whereas Matthew takes eleven and Luke thirteen. Mark doesn’t tell us what the temptations were – there’s no mention of Jesus’ struggles or fasting, no description of the outcome. The account is so terse that we might be tempted to skim over it, but it’s a story packed with meaning – not only for Jesus, but also for us...

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14 Feb 2018 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – 2018
The Most Honest Day
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Ash Wednesday is, perhaps, the most honest day in the church’s year. We are left with no illusions. Our masks are stripped off and we’re confronted with reality. ‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and follow Christ / be faithful to the gospel.’

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11 Feb 2018

11 Feb 2018  6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Embracing Lepers 2 Kings 5:1-14 & Mark 1:40-45
Two stories about two men suffering from leprosy

...Remembering that I need help and love, forgiveness and acceptance, often helps me to reach out to others in need – especially to those, who like the two biblical characters, are cut off from others. Just like you, I’m in need of healing. Like you, I need Jesus to reach out and touch me. And knowing that enables me, however imperfectly I may do it, to respond with the love that God immerses me in every day...

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