Sermons

Missed a service?

Like to read a sermon again?

Here are a selection of sermons from St Andrew’s.

  • Trinity Sunday
    26 May 2024 St Andrew’s Indooroopilly Rev Richard Browning (NB: this text here is fuller than the one used on Sunday morning with a few end notes added) Isaiah 6.1-8 Romans 8.12-17 John 3.1-17 Introduction Maybe Nietzsche is right. A key thread of Nietzsche is ‘the will to power’. He laments the pitiable state of humanity. He reports that instead of the will to power there has been a hollowing of the human condition with the corruption of religion. The once proudly noble, if highly masculine race of unabashed dragon slayers and defiant Spartans were players of epic striving and … Read more
  • Spiritual Jazz   
    Feast of Pentecost Ezekiel 37.1-14 Psalm 104.26-36 Acts 2.1-21 John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15 19 May 2024                                                      ©Suzanne Grimmett “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theatre in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.                                       After that I liked jazz music.Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.” Donald Miller, Blue like Jazz: Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality Perhaps what … Read more
  • “On a dark night”
                                                               ©Lauren Martin In Tales of the Hasidim there is a story: An old rabbi asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended and the day had begun. “Could it be,” asked one student, “when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it’s a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi. Another asked, “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it’s a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No,” answered the rabbi. “Then when is it?” the pupils demanded. “It is … Read more
  • Stay human  
    Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10: 44-48 Psalm 98 1 John 5:1-12 John 15:9-17   ©Suzanne Grimmett This week I have had the privilege of spending time in conversation with Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian scientist and author and founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability. He is also a Christian and was born and grew up near the ‘Shepherds’ Field’ of Bethlehem. He is a man who loves the land and its diverse peoples, and so as he speaks of the current suffering of those in Gaza and on the West … Read more
  • Easter 3
    Luke 24:36b-48 ©Marian Free In the name of God who meets us on the road and enflames our hearts with the Holy Spirit. Amen. There have been a number of attempts to tell the gospel story through drama, film or musical. I think of Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus of Montreal, and The Passion of the Christ to name a few. Each has contributed to making the story relevant for a new generation.  Where they fall down, I believe, is in their attempt to portray the resurrection. Jesus of Montreal, which tells the story of a modern-day Passion play. When … Read more
  • EASTER II
    St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Indooroopilly 7 April 2024 Preaching on 1 John 1:1-2:2 Rev’d Richard Browning At the school Easter service I led on Holy Tuesday we used a 5.5kg loaf of bread made by a student. It was huge. We used it as an instrument for storytelling. Before it was torn open on the altar, these words were spoken: What if this bread is real? What if this bread can become a part of you? What if the bread gave you the courage to turn towards others with compassion, bringing light and life in all that you do? Would … Read more
  • Eastering in us      
         ©Suzanne Grimmett For terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. If those first witnesses -the two Marys who came faithfully to tend the body of Jesus- had nothing to say but could only flee, in terror and amazement, then it should make us cautious about speaking too long and confidently about the mystery of resurrection. This is the surprisingly abrupt original ending to Mark’s Gospel. Many commentators have surmised that later scribes, unsatisfied with the unfinished feel to such an ending, felt the need to add to the story to … Read more
  • Easter Vigil Homily
    Matthew 28:1-18 ©Marian Free In the name of God, who in Jesus shows us how to be truly free – of our fears, our anxieties and our insecurities. Amen. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! If Friday is Good, if on the cross Jesus defeated evil and death and deprived them of their power why did he need to rise? What can the resurrection do that the cross has not done?  If you have been a part of our liturgical celebrations over the past few days, you will know that they are of one piece. During the Last Supper, … Read more
  • God entering our God-forsakenness  
    Good Friday Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12  Psalm 22.1-20 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John Friday 29 March 2024      ©Suzanne Grimmett My God, my God, why have you forsaken me:  why are you so far from helping me and from the words of my groaning?  These are words from today’s Psalm that Jesus knew well. So well, in fact, that he seems to have identified this Psalm with himself, repeating these words from the cross in both Matthew and Mark’s Gospel accounts. Somehow, we need to come to terms with the cry of God-forsakenness on the lips of the God-man, Jesus, who … Read more
  • “What an act of love!”
    SERMON Maundy Thursday John 13.1-17, 31b-35 Sunday 24 March 2024      ©Lauren Martin During supper, our Lord and teacher takes the place of a servant – removing his outer robe, wrapping a towel around his waist, and washing our feet. How scandalous an act! That one above us should stoop so low and do something so intimate for us as wash our feet. What an act of love indeed! An act of love that is followed by an act of betrayal. How much more bitter did this make the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter, after such … Read more
  • “Hosanna – Save Us”
    Palm Sunday Philippians 2.5-11 Mark 11.1-11; 14.1-15.27 Sunday 24 March 2024                                                                                                 ©Lauren Martin Today we are walking through the doorway from Lent into Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ joyful and triumphal entry into Jerusalem, reminiscent of the triumphal imperial processions of the Roman Empire. As Jesus enter the city, the crowds shout out ‘Hosanna’ and wave palms. Originally, ‘Hosanna’ was used as an invocation addressed to God, meaning ‘save us’ or ‘save now’. Later – but still in the times of the in Old Testament – hosanna became a shout of joy or welcome. A cry for … Read more
  • God’s thundering “Yes!”  
    Fifth Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31.31-34 Psalm 119.9-16 Hebrews 5.5-14 John 12.20-33   ©Suzanne Grimmett As we join ourselves to the escalating tension in our journey to the cross we find St Andrew making one of his rare Gospel appearances, gathering up some Greeks who “wish to see Jesus”. This is, after all, the disciples’ role- to help others to see Jesus. Here in the community of St Andrew, we are always inviting others to journey with us and come and ‘see Jesus’, particularly as we approach this most Holy Week. It is also a time which should make us think … Read more