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29
Jan

Embracing Blessedness – A Sermon for Epiphany 4 – Jan 29, 2023

Reading: Matthew 5:1-12 At Sunday School they were learning how God created everything, including human beings. Johnny was especially intent when the teacher told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, “Johnny, what is […]

15
Jan

You are Good News for the World – A sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

Reading: John 1:29-42 Test of Strength The strongman at a circus squeezed the juice from a lemon between his hands. He then said to the audience, “I will offer $200 to anyone in the audience who can squeeze another drop from this lemon. A thin scholarly looking woman came forward, picked up the lemon, strained […]

08
Jan

A Hope-filled Journey in the Dark – A Sermon for Epiphany 2023

Reading: Matthew 2:1-12  A Miraculous Pregnancy? A mom takes her daughter to the doctor. The doctor says, “Okay, what seems to be the problem?” The mother says, “It’s my daughter Sally. She keeps getting these cravings, she’s putting on weight and is sick most mornings.” The doctor gives Sally a good examination, and then turns […]

01
Jan

Finding God in the Ordinary – a Sermon for the Naming of Jesus

Readings: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:15-21 Being in a country parish like this one reminds me of an old joke about a church that was having trouble with mice. They’d tried repellents, they’d tried poisons, they’d hired pest control companies, all to no avail. A deacon finally suggests baptizing them. “That way,” he says, “they’ll only […]

25
Dec

Jesus, the revealer of God

Well, we have 4 gospels in the Bible only two of them give us stories of Jesus’ birth. The two oldest New Testament writers, Paul and Mark, do not mention Jesus’ birth at all. Matthew and Luke writing about 30 years after Paul and 15 years after Mark have come up with stories about the […]

18
Dec

Advent 4 – ‘Stepdad Sunday’?

Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 With today’s gospel emphasis on Joseph, we might consider today ‘Stepdad Sunday’ – here’s a few ‘dad jokes’ in honour of Joseph: I was addicted to the hokey pokey…but I turned myself around. I don’t trust stairs. They are always up to something. Did you hear about the racing snail […]

11
Dec

Doubt is how our faith grows.

Scripture John the Baptist What’s up with John? The last time we heard about him was at the start of Jesus’s ministry when he was saying that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and that while he, John, baptizes with water the one who is to come, […]

04
Dec

From Stumps to Shoots – A Sermon for Advent 2

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12 A Young Driver A short story I can relate to as my son learns to drive. A teenage boy has just passed his driving test and inquires of his father as to when they can discuss his use of the car. His father says he’ll make a deal with his […]

27
Nov

Hope-filled Imagination – A Sermon for Advent 1

Christmas Preparations While a man had gone out driving to do some Black Friday Christmas shopping, his wife had been watching TV when she heard the announcer say, “Be very careful and watch driving on the 401 today, there is a motorist driving the wrong way”! His wife got hold of him on the cell […]