Tag Archives: Advent

Sermon: Hope in a time of pandemic

As we realise our vulnerability, we are offered reassurance. When we are tempted to despair, we are given hope. Continue reading

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Sermon: The faith and generosity of Hannah

Both Hannah’s and Mary’s songs are deeply political songs about the way God wants the world to be; a world in which the hungry are ‘filled with good things’ (Luke 1:53), in fact the ‘hungry are fat with spoil’ (1 Samuel 2:5); a world in which God lifts the needy from the ash heap to sit with princes (1 Samuel 2:8) while the proud are brought down from their thrones. (Luke 1:52) Both Hannah and Mary sing of a world overturned. Continue reading

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Reflection: Rejoice!

One hundred and six years earlier Charles Dickens wrote of the reborn Scrooge, who had become ‘as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew,’ that ‘it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge’. Keeping Christmas well does not just mean rejoicing ourselves, as the prophet Isaiah reminds us. Continue reading

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Reflection: Called to make peace

Perhaps this year, 2020, is the year when comfortable middle-class Australians like me are most aware that the grass withers and the flowers fade and that we, human beings, are grass. Continue reading

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Reflection: Hope at the End of the World

Reflection for North Balwyn Uniting ChurchAdvent One, 29th of November 2020 Isaiah 64:1-9Mark 13:24-37 Happy New Year! And to those of you here, in the nave, welcome back to worshipping in the church building after months of lockdown. In previous … Continue reading

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Sermon: Love Sunday

In Jesus’ birth, as in Jesus’ death and resurrection, God is defeating death and hopelessness. Continue reading

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Sermon: Joy Sunday

God is not well-behaved! Continue reading

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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: The greater righteousness (2)

Matthew’s story is a story of social conventions being overturned and of mercy outweighing merely-legal righteousness. Continue reading

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Sermon: The greater righteousness (1)

it is the story of a righteousness that doesn’t stand on the letter of the law, but instead offers justice and mercy and faith Continue reading

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