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Innocence Betrayed Epiphany +1, Common Lectionary Year A Matthew 2:13-23 ©2020 Rev. Dr. Elisabeth R. Jones Introduction Scripture audio file Sermon audio file Now that the children have left to be messengers of hope, my job is more sombre. Anne Both and Sam Usher present a hopeful end to the gospel story, but it’s not…

The Last Straw Matthew 2: 1-12 Epiphany, Common Lectionary Year A Audio files Introduction, scripture and story Introduction Scripture The Last Straw by Fredrick H. Thury

Reflecting with Mary

Readings, reflections and carols from the perspective of Mary

Against All The Odds: Joy!

Joy shall come to the wilderness! – all the more exuberant for its unexpected interruption into the narrative of dormancy, or worse, death.

It starts with a stump (the price for a Peaceable Kindom)

Is it possible for God’s new life to appear precisely in those places we assume to be dead?

Hope for the World: A World for Hope

Which one is it, Isaiah?
Which vision is the true Word of God that you saw?
Is it the iniquity, callousness and utter desolation,
or is it the holy mountain to whom the nations stream
in shafts of peaceful light?
Which do you see?
Which do you find easier to believe to be true?

Orange Cars and Butterflies: Christ’s Reign of Compassion

So it is with this reign of Christ,
this kingdom of God;
or to put it in Cedar Park language,
so it is with this Dream of God made known in flesh and bone,
in Jesus Christ, and in each one of us.
It’s out there, around us, waiting to be noticed,
just like orange cars.

(How) To Be the Ones Who Show Compassion

We are called to be neighbour
to our earth siblings in need.
We are called to be “The Ones who show compassion.”

A Call to Compassion: A Response to War and Violence

Today’s text stops with the encouraging words of Jesus
to all who have chosen to be a neighbour to those in need,
that they/we have done it to no less than Christ himself,
and they are welcomed with open arms into the kin-dom of God.

Blessed. Beloved. Saint.

The lectionary gave us this text for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, but what a gift it is for today, the day we have chosen, close to the Feast of All Saints, as the Sunday when we gather to remember our own “blessed ones” our own “beloved ones” who have died in the past year.

We are all Immigrants

Before you enter into the land God has given you, remember these things: Remember God, who God is. Remember who we are. We are all immigrants

Compassion in the Text and at the Table.

I was born into a practising Roman Catholic family. I had a little Missal book which I would take with me to Church, and while the adults all lined up and knelt at the altar to receive the communion wafers on their tongue, in a moment so holy it was signalled by bells and incense, I would look at the sepia pictures in my missal,

A series of 4 sermons on the 4 elements by the Rev Wendy Evans

Letters from Away

It’s likely not lost on most of you who are Cedar Parkers
why this letter resonates so powerfully with me, with us, today. Yes, we’re about to head into Sabbath month, but also into an unknown time,

Confidence: Boasting or Binding?

This week, we read and explore the Scripture together, by using our hands to create a weaving of this text with this community, around the core thread of our common faith in Jesus Christ.

Trouble with the Spirit

There’s dark matter afoot, and all around. To coin a few adjectives from Luke’s text, I’m still reeling from my unsettling trip to the US last month,

Shall we Gather?

As I said at the beginning of worship, this text barely needs to be preached with words this morning, because it’s as if it has already lifted itself off the page and into our lives

The Case against Civil Religion

There’s a saying, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” I am a fool to take on this text, described in one commentary as “nasty”, and by another as
“the most contentious and confrontational scene” in the book of Acts.

Barriers, Boundaries and Bread

Acts is an action movie in print. Luke rushes from one thing to the next, panning over the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to zoom quickly in on one amazing, often miraculous, resurrection act of one apostle, before moving on to the next with barely a breath or reflection.

The Same Road in a Different Direction

When we portrayed this tale together with the children present, I’m afraid I wussed out. I softened Luke’s characterization of Saul of Tarsus a little, making him out to be potentially, “one of us” sincere, but misguided,…

Nevertheless, They Persisted.

Do you remember, as a child,
being hauled before the parental tribunal to account for some misdemeanor, some disobedient disregard for a prohibition, and hearing that oh so parental question, “Why?!” “Didn’t I tell you not to?”

“When the Sabbath was over,
but while it was still very, very early…” That’s where Luke starts his Easter story, but I want to start it a little earlier,

Have you got your invitation?

I am not sure if this is just me,
but I’m not that good at receiving invitations. “Why me? Are you sure?”

Finding and Feasting

It was a bit of a surprise to most of the members of the Thursday morning Midrash Bible study group that met about six weeks ago, to discover that this very familiar parable is actually one of triplets – one of three stories.

Holy Hunger

I am hungry. I had breakfast. I don’t mean that. I’m hungry in my soul. As the world has turned this week; white supremacist terrorism in New Zealand, so far away, yet touching the lives of people we know and love

Feasting our Way through the Fasting Season

Friends, it’s been seven years we’ve journeyed together with me as your Minister of Word and Sacrament; and each year my gratitude deepens to be part of a community where it is our life together that inspires my task as preacher of these ancient words.

A Season of Light and Stars?

Back on January 6 we imagined ourselves watching the canopy of heaven, noticing God’s closeness in a night sky touching our earth.

Body of Christ: Embodied

The human body has 206 bones, 639 muscles and about 3 kilos of skin,
5 litres of blood coursing through about 210,000 km of veins, arteries, capillaries.

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