Sermons - January 2019 Print E-mail

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:

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Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)


13 January 2019

You are God’s beloved child
The Baptism of the Lord – 1st Sunday of the Epiphany
Isaiah 43:1-7 & Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

What does the future hold? What will become of us? Does God really care about us? They are big questions, ones that you may well have asked. The people of Israel certainly asked them. They had been uprooted from their homeland and carted off into exile in Babylon, and there they remained for 70 years. They had lost everything: their hopes and dreams, their identity and sense of purpose. Their future was bleak. But now the prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope. All is not lost. It’s a word of assurance, a promise that there is a future beyond their shame and suffering...

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6 January 2019

The Gift of the Magi
The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
Matthew 2:1-12

We’ve reached Epiphany. The shepherds have gone and the wise men or magi have appeared. Three of them; well actually, we don't know how many there were; but three will do. Anyhow, ‘on entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’

Gifts are a big part of this story. The wise men offer their gifts, but they also open up the gift that God has given, and see what’s inside. It’s about the lights coming on – the mystery being revealed – the world seeing what the gift is that God has for all people...

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Welcome "home" Print E-mail

At the Advent Sunday 10am service, The Rev’d Margaret Thompson was given her licence to officiate in the parish as Priest Associate. We warmly welcome Margaret & Roy back - they were married in St Matthew's in 1974.

In an article for the parish magazine, Margaret wrote, "Advent Sunday, the start of a new liturgical year, seems an appropriate time to begin a new phase of ministry...I am delighted to be returning to my ‘home’ parish, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know St Matthew’s parishioners."

 
Sermons - December 2018 Print E-mail

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:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

25 December 2018

The Vulnerable God
Christmas Day
Luke 2:1-20

I wonder … what is it that’s so attractive about Christmas. I suspect it’s got something to do with babies; after all, it’s what we sing about – a baby lying in the straw. Though interestingly, the Gospel writers tell us very little about the baby. All that Luke has to say on the subject is put in one sentence: ‘And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger….’ That’s it. We aren’t told his birth weight, what he looked like, the colour of his eyes, how well he fed, or how he slept at night. It’s a very abrupt statement about the birth of the world’s saviour. Yet, this baby holds our attention. I wonder why...

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23 December 2018

A Communal Visit
Advent 4 (C)
Luke 1:39-45

Mary has learned that she’s to be mother of God’s Son – the longed for Messiah. This is, surely, great news, but it’s also overwhelming and shocking. Could she even begin to take it in? How can Joseph or their relatives, her friends, the local Rabbi – how can any of them begin to understand her situation? Here she is – unmarried, probably a young teenager, and now expecting a child. Her pregnancy will be a major scandal. Who can Mary share this knowledge with, which probably remains inexplicable to her? Who will have any understanding; any empathy?

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16 December 2018

A tension-filled Advent
Advent 3 (C)
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Today is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, which simply means Rejoicing Sunday. It’s an obvious theme in the first two readings. Zephaniah tells the people:
   ‘Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart....
    God will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.’

Then Paul writes to the faith community in Philippi:
   ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice … the Lord is near.’

A rather clear message – All will be well. God is at hand. It’s a reassuring thought, especially for those who first heard these words...

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(9 December 2018 - Guest Preacher)


2 December 2018

Signs of Hope
Advent 1 (C)
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Welcome to Advent. Welcome to the beginning of a new year. The purple marks this season out as a time of preparation and waiting for a coming (because that’s what advent means: coming). We tend to focus on the coming of Jesus at Bethlehem. But Advent is far bigger than that. So let’s take a journey through our readings and see what it is that we’re waiting for...

... As we begin this New Year, stand tall and be filled with hope. When we live in love and act in hope … when we gather again and again at the altar-table to experience what Jesus did, and to know that Jesus is with us, we are people of Advent hope.

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Sermons - November 2018 Print E-mail

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:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)


25 November 2018

Christ the King
John 18:33-37

Christ the King – a grand title for this celebration that concludes the church’s year, though interestingly, we’re given an alternative name for it – the Reign of Christ. That such a choice is offered, suggests some ambiguity about what it all means.

Whether we’re monarchist or republican, we need to lay aside our preconceptions of kingship, for none of them apply to Jesus. Indeed, if we’re to use the word king at all in relation to Jesus, then we must place inverted commas around the word, for we place human connotations onto the word. This is exactly what Pilate does in the exchange we’ve just heard...

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18 November 2018

Heralds of hope

Ordinary Sunday 33 (B)
1 Samuel 1:4-20; Hebrews 10:11-14,19-25; Mark 13:1-8

At the end of the 19th century a branch of my maternal family were members the Millennial Dawn Society, a group of Christians who came together to greet the coming Christ at the turn of the century. Each member contributed money to buy land on D’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Family history records that our forebear, a man by the name of Samuel Dodge, eventually realised that it was, as he would later record, a load of “Old Rubbish”, and so withdrew.

Fascination with how and when Christ will return in triumph continues today. Religious channels on Sky TV reveal a preoccupation with the question, and passages such as the Gospel reading are a happy hunting ground for such religious groups. This passage is what we call apocalyptic literature, and it’s likely that the Millennial Dawn Society would have got quite excited by it...

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11 November 2018  

Armistice anniversary
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Peace of the Nations (Isaiah 2:2-5); James 4:1-3; John 11: 17-27

One hundred years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, what had been trumpeted as the war to end war, finally came to an end. In its course, it is estimated that there were over 40 million military and civilian casualties, 15 to 20 million deaths, and about 23 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

We’ve been encouraged to share in a ‘roaring chorus’. This phrase comes from a report in the Evening Post of the 12th November 1918: ‘There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings – a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.’ Imagine the immense relief people must have felt when they learned that the war was finally over. Of course they celebrated. But a century later, and numerous wars and conflicts later; I cannot celebrate a day that brought to an end such horrendous suffering. What I can do is remember the tragic consequences of war, and reflect on what we have learned and have not learned. Our bells will ring, not in celebration of a military victory, but for the desire - the hope – the yearning – for the day when, as the prophet Isaiah dreamed, ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor ever again prepare for war.’

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Sunday 4 November

All Souls – Remembering our Dead

Psalm 23; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 6:37-40
On this day we remember our dead. Each of us has names and faces in our memory of those whose lives touched our own – who helped make us who we are today – whose influence we thank God for.  Our presence here is testimony to the part they have played in our lives, and still do. These we remember before God with love and thanksgiving.

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Sunday 4 November

Saints with a small s

All Saints (B)
Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6A; John 11:32-44

Phyllis McGinley was an American poet who wrote a book called Saint-Watching. In it she says, ‘When I was seven years old I wanted to be a tight-rope dancer and broke my collarbone practicing on a child’s-sized high wire. At twelve I planned to become an international spy. At fifteen my ambition was the stage. Now in my sensible declining years I would give anything … to be a saint.’  Phyllis was right. We’re all called to be saints...

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Sunday Prayer Vigil Print E-mail

Sunday Prayer Vigils are held each Sunday from 9.15 to 9.35am in the Lady Chapel.

Everyone is welcome to come along, to pray for God's guidance and blessings on our Vicar Helen, on St Matthew's Parish community and our wider community, and the city of Hastings.

 
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