Tag Archives: Williamstown Uniting Church

Sermon: Living as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be

But as Martin Luther King is quoted as saying: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice’ Continue reading

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Sermon: Healed to ‘deacon’

This week I’m cheating. In the past five days I’ve conducted three funerals and I’m tired. So this Sunday’s sermon is a recycled one. I’ve made a few minor changes to the sermon I first preached, but basically this is what I said in Romsey and Lancefield six years’ ago. Fortunately, reading it over, I find that I’m still in agreement with myself. Continue reading

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Sermon: Overcoming demonic powers

Our worldview has no room for demons and demonic possession, except in horror films, but there are still forces stronger than individual humans that keep people imprisoned, forces from which Jesus can liberate us. There are still captivities – personal, social, economic – that dehumanise us and prevent us from living out our lives completely, and these are the captivities from which Jesus came to set us free. Continue reading

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Sermon: Should the Uniting Church become Eli?

I also know that some members of the church have a more personal concern. Why are their children and grandchildren not church-goers? Their children were brought up in the church; they attended Sunday School and youth group; and then they disappeared. Continue reading

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Sermon: Jesus the refugee and the tragedy of Bethlehem

Sermon for Williamstown Uniting Church Epiphany, January 4 2015 Matthew 2:1-12 For the past month or so the soundtrack of my life has been Christmas carols. I’ve heard them whenever I’ve been shopping; I’ve played them while driving in my … Continue reading

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Sermon: Learning from Jesus

  Williamstown Uniting Church 17 of August, 2014 Matthew 15:21-28 A few years’ ago I took my nephew and niece to see a film called To the Arctic at IMAX. The stars of the film were a polar bear mother and … Continue reading

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Sermon: Avril bangs on about asylum seekers yet again

Sermon for Williamstown The First of September, 2013 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16          Luke 14:1, 7-14 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:1 Last Wednesday this congregation … Continue reading

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Event: Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages?

First in a Spring Series of Controversial Questions: Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages? 7.30 pm, Wednesday the 11th of September, 2013 Williamstown Uniting Church-Electra St Moderator: Rev. Alex Sangster ‘Yes’: Rev. Peter Weeks ‘No’: Rev. Dr Garry Deverell ‘Maybe’: … Continue reading

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Reflection: In which Avril has an epiphany and decides to tithe

Not so much a sermon as a meandering reflection on Christian attitudes to money, with possibly some over-sharing on my part. 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Luke 12:13-21 Earlier this week I had an epiphany; a sudden realisation about the way in … Continue reading

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“There’s no such thing as a solitary hero”: The reflection on video

Ten minutes of the Third Annual Service of the Church of latter Day Geeks; one of the songs and the reflection.

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