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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 sermons 2018 26-33 (5 Aug - 30 Sept 2018).

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Sunday 30 September

The faith community that jingles

OS 26B
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 & James 5:13-20

You may have had the experience of someone reporting how something you said or did had affected them deeply – how, through you, they experienced God’s mercy and love – perhaps even, God’s power. Such feedback says more about God than us. It’s about how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things – to act, to heal, and to transform the lives of others. The Bible is loaded with such stories – tales of people whom God uses to fulfil divine purposes...

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Sunday 16 September

About a God who likes to keeps bad company

Saint Matthew
Matthew 9:9-13

Adrian Plass, who is a rather successful writer on Christian themes, tells this story about himself.

When I was sixteen I loathed myself. I hated my face and my body, I had been expelled from school for truancy, and I had neither a job nor any visible prospect of getting one. The chaos inside my head was quite frightening. To make matters worse, I had developed a strategy of using scathing sarcasm in the conduct of my relationships with almost anyone who made me feel silly (that is, almost everyone).

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Sunday 9 September

Please listen to me!

Ordinary Sunday 23 (B)
Mark 7: 31-37

‘They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.’

Mark tells this story because of what it says about Jesus. In Jesus we see the fulfilment of the promise that when the Messiah comes ‘The deaf will hear … and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.’ It’s evidence for who Jesus is. But I wonder, what was life like for the man – what was it like to be deaf and to live with a speech impediment?

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Sunday 2 September

Our Inward Hearts

Ordinary Sunday 22 (B)
James 1:17-27 & Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

We’re back into Mark’s Gospel, and what do we get, but this seemingly obscure argument between the Pharisees and Jesus about washing hands. How on earth can this connect with our lives today? Well, to do that, we need to get inside the world of first century Judaism...

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26 August 2018

Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:4, 7-13, 34; Psalm 136:1-9, 25-26;
Ephesians 5:15-20; Luke 10:21-24

You may recall the old harvest hymn: ‘We plough the fields and scatter…’ The refrain goes: ‘All good gifts around us / are sent from heaven above / so thank the Lord, oh thank the lord for all his love.’ The hymn doesn’t limit all those good things to harvest, but encompasses ‘our life, our health, our food…’ God is the giver of all good things: every mouthful of food we take; every breath of air we inhale; every note of music we hear, every smile on the face of another human being – all that, and countless more, are good gifts from God’s generosity...

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19 August 2018

The Stewardship of Treasures
Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 112; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Luke 21:1-4

The Catechism asks how we are to live the life of the baptised, and gives this answer: ‘By prayer, by regular worship and by using our time, talents and money to serve Christ in the world.’ Stewardship is a fundamental element of the way we live out our baptism...

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12 August 2018

The Stewardship of Talents
Sirach 10:28-31; Psalm 24; 1 Corinthians 12:4-12; Matthew 25:14-30

Stewardship is a way of life. It’s about how we live our lives as members of God’s family. Stewardship is an attitude in which we acknowledge that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God, who generously entrusts us with so much.

Last week we thought about the stewardship of time. Today we focus on talents. The word talent comes from the parable told in the Gospel reading. It’s a story about people like us, who were called in by their boss and entrusted with something. In the parable it’s a sum of money, but because of this story we use the word to include the skills, experience, abilities and gifts that people have...

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5 August 2018

The Stewardship of Time
Deuteronomy 5:12-14; Psalm 90:1-4,12; James 4:13-15; Mark 1:32-39

God has shown great trust in us by putting into our care many things: the world in which we live, our talents, time, material resources, and life itself. And God asks us to manage this immense wealth. What I’m talking about is stewardship. It’s the belief that everything we are and have belongs to God, and we need to figure out what that means in practical terms. Stewardship is a way of life that acknowledges that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from our loving and generous God. This month we’ll think about three particular gifts: time, talents, and treasures. First up is time.

7 days in each week, 24 hours in each day, 60 minutes in each hour, and 60 seconds in every minute. There are many inequalities in life, but one thing we have in common is the same amount of time each day. God has allotted 24 hours to each one of us. Yet we often talk as though we’ve been short-changed: “There isn’t enough time to do everything I need to do. I’m so pushed.” Familiar? Time has become, not a gift from God, but just another commodity in short supply. So we end up in a rush, hassled, and tired. But the issue isn’t about not having enough hours in a day. It’s our view of time, and how we use the time we have...

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