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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 the most recent. 

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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)


17 February 2019 - 8am service

Challenged by an upside-down world
OS 6 (C)
Luke 6:17-26

Matthew has the Sermon on the Mount and Luke the Sermon on the Plain – for as Luke says, Jesus ‘came down with them and stood on a level place.’ As part of that there are what we call the Beatitudes – ‘Blessed are you….’ The version you’re probably most familiar with is Matthew’s, which has got eight blessings, while Luke has only four:
Blessed are you who are poor...
Blessed are you who are hungry...
Blessed are you who weep...
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you...

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10 February 2019

Calling fishy people
OS 5 (C)
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

It all takes place on the lake of Gennesaret, which is another name for the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is building a reputation and people want to hear what he’s got to say. On this occasion the crowd is big enough for him to have to commandeer a moored boat, and get its owner, a fisherman by the name of Simon, to put out a little from shore and use it as a floating pulpit. The shoreline at points has a series on steep inlets, with each inlet forming a natural amphitheatre. So by going just a little off shore you can talk in a natural voice, and anyone on the land can easily hear you...

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3 February 2019

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2:22-40

Liturgically, we seem to be in a time machine. We had Jesus as a baby, then his baptism when he was about thirty – and now we go backwards to when he was forty days old as his parents perform two customary rites.

Every religion has its rituals surrounding birth. What Luke describes here are two customary Jewish rites. A month after his birth, Jesus is presented in the temple. Being the firstborn male, Mary and Joseph consecrate him to God in thanksgiving for God’s protection of Israel’s firstborn in Egypt. But Mary also needed to undergo purification, as a woman who had given birth was considered ritually unclean, which meant she couldn’t participate in the full life of the worshipping community. Luke tells us all this in a very matter of fact way. He’s showing us a family that’s devout and faithful to their God. But then the tenor of the story changes...

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20 January 2019

Abundance and extravagance
2nd Sunday of the Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11

It all began as an ordinary small town wedding – that is, as far as a wedding can ever be ordinary. Weddings are always special occasions, and this was no exception. It probably involved the whole town and also people from neighbouring towns, which is why Mary, her son, and his friends were there. As part of the celebration there was, of course, much food, dancing, storytelling – and wine. But then the wine ran out. This wasn’t just an inconvenience – it was a social disaster. The family would have to live with the shame of it for a long time to come. But then, at his mother’s request, Jesus comes to the rescue, and after a few quiet words turns water into wine – and not just a bit, but a lot. The story suggests that Jesus turned 450 to 680 litres of water into fine wine, the equivalent of about 600 to 700 bottles – no small amount – and this wasn’t chateau cardboard, but vintage wine...

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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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