How to not be afraid of the future

New Year’s Eve 31 December 2021 How to not be afraid of the future I titled my Christmas Eve sermon, “How not to be afraid”, but this sermon, sitting at it is on the evening when we celebrate the passing of the old year in to the new, the night that straddles the past and … Read more

Keeping Christmas all the year   

SERMON Christmas Day 2021 Isaiah 62.6-12 Psalm 97 Titus 3.4-8a Luke 2.8-20 Keeping Christmas all the year                                               ©Suzanne Grimmett You could be spending your Christmas morning at home. Or if you are at home and joining us online, you could no doubt be busying yourselves preparing Christmas lunch or wrapping a few final presents. … Read more

How not to be afraid

Christmas Eve Isaiah 9.2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2.11-14 Luke 2.1-14           24 December 2021 How not to be afraid.                                                             ©Suzanne Grimmett Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for … Read more

Hell before Christmas

SERMON Micah 5.2-5a Song of Mary Hebrews 10.5-10 Luke 1.39-45 4th Sunday of Advent Hell before Christmas                                                                     ©Suzanne Grimmett We are nearly at the end of Advent and it is oh so tempting with the candle of love being lit and the focus on Mary to slip into the kind of sentimental language that … Read more

Brought so low

Many of us will be feeling the strangeness of this Christmas where, after two years of being relatively protected during this pandemic, we are going to be exposed to widespread transmission in the community. We perhaps need to hear the message of Christmas more than ever this year; a message not about fun and family … Read more

Owned, not owner

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT 12 DECEMBER 2021 Zephaniah 3.14-20Philippians 4.4-7Luke 3.7-18 Rev Richard Browning Introduction: owned by, not owners of I begin today with acknowledgment of Country. It is written in our service order as a practice kept here at St Andrews, but today I speak it aloud. The lands upon which we meet today … Read more

Covid-19, vaccination and guidelines for Christmas

St Andrew’s encourages all people to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. In the days ahead when borders are opening and community transmission will be a reality, we have needed to consider our responses as a faith community.  Parish council have decided that we will not be enforcing vaccination checks at the door for all those … Read more

Light for truth, courage for freedom

                                  ©Suzanne Grimmett Advent 2 Malachi 3.1-14 The Song of Zechariah Philippians 1:1-11 Luke 3.1-6 “You can’t handle the truth!” If you are good at movie trivia you might recognise that quote. It comes from the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men” out of the mouth of Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson. The truth … Read more

Blessed

Advent is a season of self-examination, of looking at ourselves with honesty and seeing what difference Jesus really has made to who we are, what we say, and the way we act. Have we encountered and received the grace and love that is always offered us, or are we stuck in old patterns of self-hatred … Read more