Triumphant Humility

Mark 11:1-11 | Philippians 2:5-11 And so we draw towards the end of Lent, and move towards Holy Week. This time next Sunday it will all be over – the last supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, the trial, Peter’s denial, the crowd crying for the release of Barabbas, the […]

A new way of being

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Jeremiah has a reputation as a grumpy, pessimistic sort of chap. Not entirely unwarranted, either; for he was a prophet of downfall, a prophet of disaster. When the nation was threatened by foreign powers, and the authorities, as authorities will, were trying to keep people’s spirits up, Jeremiah was telling them that the […]

Love not Condemnation

John 3:14-21 The story of the snakes in the book of numbers is one of those that I’m pretty sure we would never read in Church if it were not for the fact that Jesus made reference to it in what is probably the most famous passage of the Bible – his conversation with Nicodemus […]

Wisdom and Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 It’s not often that you hear good things said about foolishness.

A Promise for All

Genesis 17:1-7 | Romans 4:13-18 Why, I wonder, is it, that we are so good at making God’s promises smaller than they are?

Close at Hand

Mark 1:9-15 This Lent, as you hopefully have picked up by now, we’re taking the theme of hospitality. This has been driven by the combination of our sense of mission – to become, as we wrote in our plan a year and a half ago, an ‘invitational’ Church – with the realities of COVID. For […]

Transfigured

Mark 9:2-9 For the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the stories around the very start of Jesus’ ministry; this week, as we prepare for the start of Lent, we move to a story that marks the beginning of the end. The transfiguration, the archetypal mountaintop experience. A story strange to our ears, […]

Jesus Prayed

Mark 1:29-39 In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that Jesus prayed?

More than words

Mark 1:21-28 A new preacher walked into town. Perhaps some people knew him from his childhood days in Nazareth, a little hamlet in the nearby mountains, but he’d been a wanderer of late, spending time further out in the wilderness.

Beginnings

Matthew 2:1-12 So – Happy New Year. I’ve got to say, so far 2021 isn’t living up to the unreasonably high expectations that have been placed upon it. Indeed, for us in Sydney, the start of 2021 has been quite a bit worse that the end of 2020. Even a month ago we were congratulating […]

Travelling to Bethlehem

Micah 5:2-5a | Luke 2:1-15 We have another of those readings today that seem hard to say a lot about. We know this bit of the story, it’s just a bit of narrative to set the scene, and to link Jesus back to the words of the prophets, and especially to those we heard from […]

Prepare the Way

Isaiah 40:1-11 | Mark 1:1-8 In the second week of advent we come to the story of John the Baptist, and those words from the prophet Isaiah – Prepare the way of the Lord. Now John the Baptist plays a critical role in the introduction of Jesus, especially in Mark’s gospel. Mark doesn’t have any […]

Walking in the Light

Isaiah 2:1-5 There’s a saying, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. But in truth, many journeys begin long before your feet touch the road. You know this from planning for a trip, or a holiday – the journey begins not with your […]

I will seek out my sheep

Ezekiel 34:11-16 Over the past few weeks, the words we’ve heard from the prophets have been challenging. They’ve been words which don’t sit comfortably with the status quo, words that call us to a justice which asks much of us, which invite us into a struggle which often sets us against the powerful in the […]

Under the Palm Tree

Judges 4:1-7 So I have to admit, when I came to reread this passage as I started to think about preparing for today, I did for a moment wonder what on earth I was thinking, choosing this bit of Judges as part of our Old Testament series. Now normally when I have that experience it’s […]