MESSAGE – 21st Sunday After Pentecost – 17 October 2021
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MESSAGE – 21st Sunday After Pentecost – 17 October 2021

THEMES: The greatest is the servant; self-sacrifice THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK In the upside-down (or right-side up) Reign of God, greatness is defined very differently from the power, fame and fortune criteria that is used by most human systems. Unfortunately, even we who claim to follow Jesus struggle with this essential truth of the Gospel....

MESSAGE – 19th Sunday After Pentecost – 3rd October 2021
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MESSAGE – 19th Sunday After Pentecost – 3rd October 2021

THEMES: Faithfulness and relationships are important to God THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK This Sunday, if one of the Lectionary readings was used in your worship, it may have struck you how concerned God is about relationships. This week the readings ranged from God’s creation of men and women to be companions for one another, to...

MESSAGE – 18th Sunday After Pentecost – 26th September 2021
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MESSAGE – 18th Sunday After Pentecost – 26th September 2021

Esther 7.1-6, 7.9-10; 9.20-22; Psalm 124; James 5.12-20; Mark 9.38-50 The Gospel has people who are “out” performing the same miraculous work that others, who are “in”, are doing. In John the leaders say that they must be stopped. In Jesus’ case, he teaches that whoever is not against him is for him. In the Esther...

MESSAGE – 17th Sunday After Pentecost – 19th September 2021
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MESSAGE – 17th Sunday After Pentecost – 19th September 2021

THEMES: The challenge of our faith is to recognise our choices and choose wisely. One temptation is to make faith about what goes on in our heads, making righteousness about right ideas and wickedness about wrong ideas. Usually, this temptation leads us into legalism, finger pointing, angry debate, and exclusion. Another temptation is to strive...

MESSAGE – 16th Sunday After Pentecost – 12th September 2021
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MESSAGE – 16th Sunday After Pentecost – 12th September 2021

Proverbs 1:20-23; James 2:18-26; Mark 8:27-38 Our readings from Proverbs, James and Mark have, I’d suggest a common theme – the call to a lived out and authentic faith that reflects God’s mission of mercy, forgiveness and restoration and may well be personally costly. They are an antidote to the presentation of the gospel message...

MESSAGE – 15th Sunday After Pentecost – 5th September 2021
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MESSAGE – 15th Sunday After Pentecost – 5th September 2021

MESSAGE: 15th Sunday after PENTECOST B 5th September 2021 THEMES: Authentically living out our faith – what is at the heart of God? Care for the poor. Tell me how you are rich and I will tell you how I am poor Tell me how you are poor and I will tell you how I...

MESSAGE – 14th Sunday After Pentecost – 29th August 2021
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MESSAGE – 14th Sunday After Pentecost – 29th August 2021

MESSAGE: 14th Sunday after PENTECOST B 29th August 2021 THEMES: Reigniting the Passion When you hear the word, Passion – what do you think of? When you hear Reigniting the Passion of God – what do you think of? Luscious imagery unites the passage from Song of Solomon with the psalm this week. We smell...

MESSAGE – 13th Sunday After Pentecost – 22nd August 2021
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MESSAGE – 13th Sunday After Pentecost – 22nd August 2021

This week is all about choices. On the one hand there is the choice to abandon our devotion to God and God’s ways. In the Gospel, many of Jesus’ followers find his call to be completely united with him – to believe that he is the source of life and to take him into their...

MESSAGE – 12th Sunday After Pentecost  – 15th August 2021
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MESSAGE – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – 15th August 2021

THEMES: God’s provision and seeking his Wisdom How do we deal with those who oppose us, both within our families and among our enemies? When someone who has betrayed us or attacked us dies, how do we respond? Outside of God’s Reign we may feel that we are justified in retaliating against our opponents. We...

MESSAGE – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – 8th August 2021
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MESSAGE – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – 8th August 2021

Rev Tania writes: This week in the Lectionary readings offer together a variety of differing elements. In the ongoing saga of David’s Reign we jump forward to the rebellion led by his son Absalom, and to Absalom’s death. Once again, we find David grieving an enemy, although this time he grieves as a father as...