Category Archives: Sermons

Reflection: Pentecost demands Reconciliation

History reminds us that, sadly, when the church preached the gospel here in Australia it was often the furthest thing from ‘good news’. It was accompanied with racism, violence, and dispossession. Continue reading

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Sermon: The Ascension isn’t about dangling feet

Reflection for Western Heights Uniting ChurchFeast of the Ascension, 24th of May, 2020 Acts 1:1-11 Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension, a part of the story of Jesus that we often ignore. It is such an important … Continue reading

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Sermon: One example of evangelism

Reflection for Western Heights Uniting Church The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 17th of May 2020 Acts 17:22-31 I seem to have accidentally started a series of ‘reflections on the sermons preached in the Book of Acts’. Two weeks ago we … Continue reading

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Sermon: Forgiveness

That’s the bedrock conviction of the Christian faith. There are no unforgiveable sins. There are no unforgiveable people. Continue reading

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Reflection: What does ‘church’ look like?

Reflection for Western Heights 3rd of May, 2020 Acts 2:42-47 Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Today, for the fourth Sunday in a row, we are celebrating Easter and the joy of resurrection. It takes us fifty days to … Continue reading

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Reflection: Feasting with Jesus

 Jesus reveals himself to these disciples, and they journey from despair to recognition, through what Luke’s readers and we ourselves can recognise is a standard church service. Continue reading

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Sermon: Christ is Risen!

Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of celebration. It is a story of apparent defeat turning into a great victory; of sorrow becoming joy. It is about the triumph of life over death; love over hate. This year, of all years, in the midst of a pandemic, unable to gather together to celebrate, we need to hear this message. Continue reading

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Sermon: Palm Sunday Protests

There can be no ‘Walk for Justice for Refugees’, which churches and community groups have held on this Sunday for years as our government’s attacks on people seeking asylum have got worse. We are seeing a very different Palm Sunday, a much more subdued one than we would normally experience. But its importance, its message, remains the same. Continue reading

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Sermon: Life and death and Lazarus

It is a story about death and darkness and mourning; about life and light and rejoicing; and so it is an almost uncannily suitable story for us to hear during this pandemic, as the world faces the prospect of thousands upon thousands of deaths from COVID19. Continue reading

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Sermon: Who is welcome? The doubters; the faithful; the rule-breakers

Ultimately we can have faith that one day, like the man born blind, Jesus will find us and that, with our blindness cured, we will be able to see him face to face. Continue reading

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