Risking the horizons of possibility

SERMON Pentecost Sunday 23 May 2021 Acts 2.1-21 Psalm 104.26-36 Romans 8.22-27 John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15 Risking the horizons of possibility                                                 ©Suzanne Grimmett Sometimes, I have to go looking for poetry. Sometimes, if I am not going to serve up from the pulpit a bland reconstruction of the texts with a bit of historical criticism … Read more

Our Identity is Freedom

SERMON  Sunday 13 September  St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly  Exodus 14.19-31   Psalm 114  Romans 14.1-14   Matthew 18.21-35  Our Identity is Freedom ©Suzanne Grimmett  A viral pandemic has forced many Christians to break the Sunday morning  church-going habit of a lifetime. Such a disruption to our routine practices has  invited greater reflection for many … Read more

Everything belongs

SERMON   St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly  Sunday 6 September, 2020  Exodus 12.1-14   Romans 13.1-10   Matthew 18.10-20  Everything belongs ©Suzanne Grimmett  This month we celebrate the Season of Creation, a time in the liturgical  calendar for us to honour the sacredness of the natural world and our  shared place in the web of life.  … Read more

Identity and the new humanity

SERMON   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost   St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly   Sunday 23 August 2020    Identity and the new humanity ©Suzanne Grimmett   Who do you say that I am? I wonder what answer we would get from one another if we were to ask each other that question?   I think we all know we wouldn’t come up … Read more

Mothering prophets

SERMON   St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly  Sunday 16 August 2020  Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost   Genesis 45.1-15   Psalm 133   Romans 11.13-32   Matthew 15.10-28  Mothering prophets ©Suzanne Grimmett Jesus of Nazareth had the kind of presence that made those who felt lost,  excluded, guilty or condemned flock to him. This begs the question, why  does the church … Read more

When losing the way is the way

SERMON   St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly    Genesis 37.1-4, 37.12-28   Psalm 105.1-6, 105.16-22   Romans 10.4-15   Matthew 14.22-36   Sunday 9 August 2020   When losing the way is the way ©Suzanne Grimmett  T.E Lawrence, better known by many as Laurence of Arabia, wrote in Seven Pillars  of Wisdom about his state of mind the night before … Read more

Recalibrating desire

SERMON   Sunday 26 July, 2020  St Andrew’s Church of Indooroopilly   Genesis 28.10-19a   Psalm 105.1-11   Romans 8.12-25   Matthew 13.44-58  Recalibrating desire ©Suzanne Grimmett A person who is not at home with inward things does not know what God  is. It is just like a man who has wine in his cellar and, having neither  … Read more

The Banality of Evil

SERMON   St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly   Sunday 19th July  Genesis 28.10-19a   Psalm 139.1-11, 139.23-24   Romans 8.12-25  Matthew 13.24-43  The Banality of Evil ©Suzanne Grimmett  Hannah Arendt, reflecting on 1962 trial of the Nazi leader Adolf  Eichmann, commented that “the lesson that this long course in human  wickedness had taught us…is of the fearsome, word-and-thought … Read more

Loopholes of hope

SERMON   Sunday 12 July 2020  St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly  Genesis 25.19-34  Psalm 119.105-112  Romans 8.1-11  Matthew 13.1-9, 13.18-23   Loopholes of hope ©Suzanne Grimmett  On his deathbed, or so the story goes, actor and comedian WC  Fields was seen to be reading the Bible. When a friend asked in  surprise what he was doing, he … Read more