Author Archives: avrilhj

Sermon: Hope Sunday

The creation story speaks of light and order and life not because it is ignoring the reality of darkness and chaos and death but in response to it. Continue reading

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Sermon: A higher loyalty

Our electoral system is something to be celebrated. Despite this, we as Christians have an even higher loyalty than our loyalty to our democracy. Continue reading

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Sermon: Hannah sings a new song

As we remember the anniversary of Kristallnacht and grieve the murder of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue we remember that we Christians are the younger sisters and brothers of the Jewish people and we should offer them the love and respect that older siblings deserve. Continue reading

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Reflection: The centenary of the Armistice

“War is an ancient imposter, but none of his masks and smiles and gallant trumpets can any longer delude us …” Continue reading

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Praying for Melbourne

I have no words for my sadness at yesterday’s attack on Melbourne and particularly the death of Sisto Malaspina. So I offer again the prayer I wrote the last time Bourke Street was attacked. May God be with us all.

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Sermon: For all the saints

Living a holy life, again luckily for us, doesn’t mean being dour, stern and strict. For the Prophet Isaiah a life of holiness culminates in end-time feasting; accepting from God a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. Continue reading

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Sermon: Don’t accept injustice (Part 3)

The Book of Job is absolutely anti-prosperity gospel. The good are not always rewarded; the bad are not always punished. When people suffer and cry out to God our best response is not to defend God and tell them that God has a plan. Continue reading

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