Category Archives: Sermons

Coming through suffering and shining — Luke 9 — Feb 7 2016

Lk 9:28-36 The transfigurations of Moses and Jesus point to the possibility of transcendence in our own lives and context, the other side of suffering within God’s grace. For Paul, this transcendence appears in our transformation into loving beings–within our … Continue reading

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Healing in Luke 4: Individual and Social

When we follow God’s call to cross boundaries carrying the healing grace of God, building bridges, we should not be surprised by rejection or suffering.  We are all made by God living in a world made by God.  God will … Continue reading

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Fill My Cup — John 2:1-11 — January 17 2016

Is 62:1-5 (v. 4b) “Your (Jerusalem’s) land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her …” Jn 2:1-11 (v. 11) “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, … Continue reading

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God’s dream for you — Mt 2 — Jan 3 2016

GOD’S DREAM FOR YOU THE LONELINESS OF EXILE The 2nd chapter of Matthew’s gospel contains a short account of high drama.  We read of the visit of a number of wise notables (magi) from the East (Iraq, probably).  They visited Bethlehem to welcome the … Continue reading

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Discovering your Destiny — Lk 1:39-55 — Dec 20, 2015

Victor Havel once said, “The real test of a [person] is not when [they] play the role that [they] want for themselves, but when [they] play the role that destiny has for [them].” In our gospel reading, there is a … Continue reading

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Divine Joy is Our Strength — Zeph 3:14-20 — Dec 13, 2015

  This week (ending 13 December 2015) I watched the TV personality Steve Harvey interview a young person struggling to find a job.  She said that she had put in 800 applications:  and that for her to find a job … Continue reading

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Prepare the Way — Luke 3:1-6 — Dec 6, 2015 — Julie Butcher

Prepare the Way Luke 3:1-6 by Julie Butcher December 6, 2015   Are you prepared for Christmas? There’s the hustle and bustle of lugging the boxes of decorations out of the attic, putting up the tree, hanging the garland, the … Continue reading

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The Fertile Wilderness — Lk 3:1-6 — 6 December 2015

Discovering our call in the fertile wilderness In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord (Lk 3:1-6) THE WILDERNESS AS A PLACE OF PREPARATION The Second Sunday of the season of Advent (or, of Coming) is devoted to those … Continue reading

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Surviving Disaster and Triumphing — Lk 21:28-36 — 29 Nov 2015

“Look Up”: When our world ends … a new world of light begins   THE MOMENT OF FEAR AND DESPERATION Imagine that you are on a ship travelling through the Pacific Ocean, sleeping in your cabin at 4:30 a.m. – … Continue reading

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Love Has True Power and Purpose — John 18:

Love Has True Power and Purpose A famous speech of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Jan 6, 1941 was “The Four Freedoms” speech (of speech, of religion, from want, from fear).  These “Four Freedoms” were illustrated in Norman Rockwell’s … Continue reading

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