Proclaiming Liberation

Scripture is much more full of hope than accurate journalism. This Sunday’s Gospel reading tells of Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah and announcing “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  The words Jesus has read are often described as a statement of messianic mission: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he … Read more

Seeing the extraordinary

The traditional themes of Epiphany are light, glory, sight, revelation, and enlightenment. The seasonal cycle begins with the story of the Magi — three wise mystics — following a star, a journey that takes them to Jesus, God’s promise birthed into the world, wonder embodied as a tiny child. The most ordinary of human moments … Read more

The Story is our Compass 

Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 43.1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8.14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 The Story is our Compass                                                   ©Richard Browning  Well here we are – pandemic church. COVID is well and truly on the loose. As we gather we pray for those who are sick, for those who justifiably live with heightened anxiety; we … Read more

Epiphany

Parker Palmer writes, “It’s so easy to look but not see what’s really there… For example, we “look” at another person and see only what’s on the surface, failing to see the hopes and fears of every human heart. It’s also easy to look at the world around us and see only banality, corruption, and … Read more

Journeying with the Magi 

EPIPHANY Year C 2022 Matthew 2:1-12 Journeying with the Magi                                                                ©Jeni Nix 2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here we are again at the beginning of another new year, with our hopes and dreams for something better than 2021. Did anyone make a list of New Year’s Resolutions? How are they going so far? Have you lost … Read more

A prayer for the New Year

Lord, let us not dwell in the past, nor worry about the future.We cannot undo what is done,we cannot foresee what will come. Let us instead dwell in your peace, love and be loved, heal and be healed.We give the past to you and rest in your forgiveness. We give the future to you and rest in … Read more

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