Tag Archives: Hope

Sermon: The Peaceable Kingdom

How can we look at everything that is happening around us, the homes and livelihoods destroyed by what is usually God’s good gift of water, the thousands of people who have died of covid19 in Australia and the millions who have died around the world, and say that God cares about creation? The author that we know as ‘Third’ Isaiah, from whom today’s reading from the Hebrew Scriptures comes, had the same challenge. The description of God’s holy mountain as a place where all creation is renewed seems completely unrealistic. But there was nothing fanciful in what Isaiah was doing. Continue reading

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Sermon: God’s priorities, according to the Prophet Jeremiah

It would take a great deal of faith to hold on to that hope while sitting in the ruins of Jerusalem, or while in exile in Babylon, just as much faith as it takes us to hold on to the hope of God’s justice when we look at the world around us. It is much easier to hold on to this hope in community than to try to do it alone and here in Australia, despite anything politicians or the media might say, we do have the great privilege of being able to meet together for worship and to share the words of God with each other. So let us encourage each other in our persistence, as we pray without losing heart. Amen. Continue reading

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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: 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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Reflection: For Bill

We are gathered here to commend Bill to God, certain that God will receive him with love. Continue reading

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Sermon: Christmas Day

Let’s remember those ‘copping the hypocrisy, racism and hate’; those abused by church leaders; LGBTIQ teachers and students at religious schools. Let’s remember that in each one of these people we see Jesus’ face. 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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Reflection: Why I support Marriage Equality

today silence feels like cowardice. And if me being open about who I am can help even one young person feel better about who they are, then it’s worth it Continue reading

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Sermon: Not just an idle tale!

Has Jesus’ resurrection initiated that world of peace and justice, or are we just repeating an idle tale? Continue reading

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Sermon: For the first Sunday of Advent and Zoey’s Baptism

Sermon for Williamstown The First Sunday of Advent, 29th of November, 2015 Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 Happy New Year! Today is a day of beginnings. It’s the first Sunday of Advent, and today the church begins a … Continue reading

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