Wisdom in belonging

St Andrew’s Indooroopilly October 17, 2021 Richard Browning Job 38:1-7, (34-41); Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Mark 10:35-45 This text here is a recollection from notes used this morning. It is a close, but not exact recollection.  Prayer O Lord, your works a many, in Wisdom you have made them all. I stand before you now … Read more

Why religion doesn’t work

Mark 10.17-31 Sunday 10th October 2021 ©Suzanne Grimmett Nobody can argue that pleasure doesn’t feel good- that, after all, is pretty much the definition of the word. But how does getting what we want or what makes us feel good stand up in terms of lasting value? Today in the Gospel we encounter a rich … Read more

Love that tells a new story

Mark 10.2-16 ©Suzanne Grimmett If fish were to tell the story of life they would find it impossible to describe outside the experience of water. If birds were to try to explain the world, they could not help but draw on the perspective from the skies. If an echidna were to ask the questions of … Read more

Michael and All Angels

SERMON26 September 2021Michael and All AngelsEzekiel 1.4-12 | Psalm 138 | Revelation 12.7-12a | John 1.45-51©Lauren Martin Today as a church, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Michael and all angels. Today in our readings we heard things such as the memorable depiction of some rather bizarre four-faced angels, who are also known as … Read more

Welcoming the little ones home

SERMON Proverbs 31.10-31 Psalm 1 James 3.1-12 Mark 9.30-37  Welcoming the little ones home                                      ©Suzanne Grimmett You have a story growing inside you, but it is a story with a definite beginning, and you probably have a birth certificate to prove it. This may be how we document our existence to the relevant authorities, … Read more

On awe and the getting of wisdom

16th SUNDAY after Pentecost  12 September 2021 The Church of Saint Andrew, the Apostle, Indooroopilly Anglican Readings: Wisdom 7.26-8.1; Psalm 19; Mark 8.27-38 Rev’d Richard Browning Note: this homily here is a fuller version from which four sermons were drawn, WayPoint on Friday night, 6pm Eucharist on Saturday and the two Sunday morning services. Variations … Read more

Where are her daughters?  

 Where are her daughters?                                                             ©Suzanne Grimmett Many years ago I had an experience that made me realise some of my own blinkered view of the world. I came into adulthood as an educated white woman in a teaching career. I had not even noticed that in the public square I was used to being … Read more

God’s Donuts – More Than Food

14th Sunday After Pentecost Song of Songs 2.8-13 Psalm  45. 1-2, 6-9 James 1.17-27 Mark 7.1-8, 14-23                                                                                                              ©Lauren Martin In our gospel reading today, we heard a passage, that is forever labeled in my mind as ‘the donut passage.’ This is thanks to the comment of one of my fellow theology students several years … Read more

Following the energy of spirit

SERMON Sunday 22 August 2021 1 Kings 8.22-30, 8.41-43 Psalm 84 Ephesians 6.10-20 John 6.56-69 Following the energy of Spirit                                     ©Suzanne Grimmett I don’t know of you have ever had that experience of being at a party or picnic or conference and been part of a group conversation which had become heavy or difficult, … Read more

Giving birth to God

Sunday 15 August Feast of Mary, Mother of our Lord Isaiah 61.10 – 62.3 The Song of Mary Galatians 4.4-7 Luke 2.1-7   Giving birth to God                                               ©Suzanne Grimmett                                                               There is a tradition in the Church of making New Year’s resolutions on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. This … Read more