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  • Abandonment (Revd Geoff Blyth) 14.10.2018
    Readings: Job 23: 1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22: 1-15; Mark 10: 17-31

    The hymn we just sang is a favourite of mine, often used on Trinity Sunday. It is based upon the ancient Te Deum. Though I love it, I almost rejected it for use today - it has ha ... read more

  • I AM (Revd Marion Millin) 11.8.2018
    Readings: Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25 to 5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

    I had to smile when I saw this logo in an advert for the Invictus Games coming to Sydney in October. You see I had wanted to pick up on the `I am` statement in our gospel r ... read more

  • Thinking about Miracles (Pastor Karen Sloan) 29.7.2018
    Reading: John 6:1-21

    In 2013 I went to Israel with Nev and Marg, and Cathie Lambert, for a two-week tour of some of the main places that feature in Jesus` life. While so many things have sadly changed over the past few years, what hasn`t ch ... read more

  • The Cost of Discipleship (Terry Quinn) 22.7.2018
    Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-14; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

    The Books of Samuel relate the story of the rise and development of Kingship in Israel. If we go back a little, we read in the Book of Joshua, the way Israel took possessi ... read more

  • Song of Hope (Revd Marion Millin) 15.7.2018
    Readings: Amos 7:7-15; Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker)

    In recognition of Naidoc Week and acknowledgement of the prior inhabitants of this land, this poem The Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker) written in the 1960s has bee ... read more

  • Storm and Tempest (Douglas Lambert) 24.6.2018
    Readings: 1 Samuel 17:1a,4-11,19-23,32-49; Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

    The lectionary for this week is a colourful tapestry of drama, factional disputation, allegory, all woven together into a rich mixture, like good fruitcake. It beg ... read more

  • Trees and Weeds (Pastor Karen Sloan) 17.6.2018
    Reading: Mark 4:26-34, Matt 13:31-2

    I was catching up with Leanne Watson some months ago, and we were discussing our home offices and our propensity for having messy ones. I won the award for the messiest one when we compared photos of th ... read more

  • Where is my home? (Pastor Karen Sloan) 4.6.2018
    Readings: Carl Sagan quote; Mary Oliver: At the River Clarion; Ps 139:7-12

    Carl Sagan: By far the best way I know to engage the religious sensibility, the sense of awe, is to look up on a clear night. I believe that it is very diff ... read more

  • Getting into the Spirit (James Malcolm) 27.5.2018
    Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

    As you know, last week we did not join the other churches at the Anglican Church for the Pentecost service. There was a very good reason for just being together as a church, and our servic ... read more

  • A Common Family Tree (Pastor Karen Sloan) 11.5.2018
    Reading: John 17:6-19

    In a world with such inequalities, of opportunities, of wealth, of power, of safety, today I want to talk about unity. Not a unity where everyone believes the same thing, but a unity that combines who we are biological ... read more

  • On Being Fruitful (Revd David Robinson) 6.5.2018
    Readings: Acts 10: 44-48; John 15: 9-17

    In both the Lectionary and in the media there have been a lot of references to good and bad fruit with a Royal Commission revealing so many organisations and people profiting from handing out bad fru ... read more

  • The Lord is my Shepherd (Douglas Lambert) 22.4.2018
    Readings: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3: 16-24; John 10: 11-18

    The Psalm, and the reading from John`s gospel are very familiar. They conjure up warm and fuzzy pictures of a long-haired bloke in a dressing gown cuddling a cute little white ... read more

  • A Parable on Love (Pastor Karen Sloan) 16.4.2018
    Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

    I always have a bit of a problem with the time after Easter. It is a time in the scriptural readings when we hear about the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. While they appear in Luke, Matthew and John, Mark ha ... read more

  • Resurrecting Easter (Dr Richard Smith) 8.4.2018

    Resurrecting Easter: How the West lost and the East kept the original Easter Vision by John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan, 2018.

    Readings: Genesis 4:1-10; Micah 4:2-4; Matthew 27: 50-53

    Genesis 4: 1-10 - biblic ... read more

  • Easter Day (Revd Marion Millin) 1.4.2018
    Readings: Acts 10:34-48; Mark 16:1-8

    When Karen played that song (called `Sun` by the group `Sleeping at Last`) a month or so ago, one particular phrase intrigued me. I guess space, and time Takes violent things, angry things And makes ... read more

  • The Last Word(s) (Revd Neville Watson) 1.4.2018
    Readings: Luke 28:33; John 19:5; John 19:30

    Weep not for me. Weep for yourselves and your children.

    On Good Friday 2018, Neville Watson conducted worship in the Wembley Downs Uniting Church and preached his last sermon. In his ... read more

  • Fresh Understanding (Revd Marion Millin) 18.3.2018
    Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

    Not long ago I went to a show called `White Spirit` as part of the Festival of Perth. Led by the haunting voice of Noureddine Khourchid, the son of a Syrian Sufi sh ... read more

  • Which Story? (Pastor Karen Sloan) 11.3.2018
    Reading: John 3:1-10, 14-21

    Lent. We started this journey a few weeks ago when we shared in an Ash Wednesday service at the Church of Christ. It was a beautiful service led by Dennis Ryle, and perhaps not as dire as many of you might think. ... read more

  • Love Rules! (Jim Malcolm) 4.3.2018
    Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5: 21, 22a, 27, 28, 31 to 48; Galatians 5:13-23

    You have to have some sympathy for Moses. He was in charge of a vast horde of refugees. They were escaping from Egypt - let`s face it they were kicked out! T ... read more

  • Miracles (Pastor Karen Sloan) 4.2.2018
    Reading: Mark 1:29-39

    Miracles. While I don`t want this sermon to be about miracles, or the lack of them, because I think the reading from Mark today says so much more to us about Jesus than a mere miracle worker, I feel that I might start ... read more

  • A Univeral Message (Revd Marion Millin) 21.1.2018
    Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10;1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

    The story of `Jonah and the Whale` ranks alongside `Noah`s Ark` as one of the classic bible stories, and amongst the few that children continue to know today. It was indeed comp ... read more

  • Joy is like the rain (Doug Lambert) 15.12.2017
    Reading: Luke 1: 46-55

    That excerpt from Miriam Therese Winter`s song takes us back to the 1960`s when we too were young and full of energy and naivety. For many of us the music which this particular song typified was revolutionary. Here w ... read more

  • Signs of Hope (Revd Marion Millin) 3.12.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; 1Corinthians. 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

    Well I wonder what you made of those readings?! In terms of my own theological framework they are way past their use-by date. The one from Isaiah would seem to bear echoes of a vol ... read more

  • Our Debts (Revd David Robinson) 22.10.2017
    Readings: I Thessalonians 1: 1-10, Matthew 22: 15-22

    A couple of weeks after hearing a sermon on Psalms 51:2-4 (knowing my own hidden secrets) and Psalm 52:3-4 (lies and deceit), a man wrote the following letter to the Taxation Department ... read more

  • Forgiveness (Karen Sloan) 17.9.2017
    Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

    We live in a world that expects perfection. We are to have the perfect life, the perfect job, the perfect children, and we are to be the perfect parents. Ouch, I think I might have failed there. I wanted the boys ... read more

  • Armour of Light (Revd Marion Millin) 10.9.2017
    Readings: Exodus.12:1-14; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

    First let`s hear about the Old Testament context for our Exodus reading for today. Some of you may have seen an SBS documentary not long ago linking the biblical plagues recorded i ... read more

  • New Understandings (Jodi Lambert) 20.8.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 56: 1-8; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: 21-28

    In Isaiah, God we hear of a God who does not discriminate. All people are welcome in God`s house. God`s house is a place of welcome and prayer for all of God`s children, in ... read more

  • Wheat and Weeds (Rev Dr John Shepherd) 23.7.2017
    Reading: Matthew 13:24-30

    The way we usually think about God is that he will always say `yes` to us. He will welcome us, we say. He`ll accept us as we are: `Just as I am, without one plea`. He`ll love us, even though we might not love ourse ... read more

  • Forty Years On (Revd Marion Millin) 18.6.2017
    Readings: Psalm 100:1-5; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew. 9:35-10:8, (9-23)

    As ourIn Touch magazine and the front page of Revive remind us, this coming week marks the 40th year since the Uniting Church was formed out of the Methodist, ... read more

  • The Advocate (Revd Neville Watson) 21.5.2017
    Readings: Acts 17:22-18:4; John 14: 15-26

    Introduction to the Reading from Acts

    This passage of Scripture was a speech by Paul to the Areopagus. The Areopagus was a Council which operated in Athens from about the 5th century BC. It had ... read more

  • Gifts (Terry Quinn) 7.5.2017
    Readings: Psalm 23 and Acts 2: 42-47

    `Dear Theophilus, Many people have done their best to write a report of the things that have taken place among us. They wrote what we have been told by those who saw these things from the beginning and ... read more

  • The Road to Emmaus (Revd Dennis Ryle) 30.4.2017
    Reading: Luke 24:13-49

    Last Monday Karen asked me what my theme for today was going to be.

    My response was Emmaus - the Luke reading.

    This apparently was too ambiguous.

    So several days later Karen asked me again `What`s your th ... read more

  • Jesus - Barrier Breaker (Karen Sloan) 19.3.2017
    Reading: John 4:5-42

    I feel quite close to this reading after our trip to Israel in 2013. Nev, Marg, Cathie Lambert and I spent two weeks driving around, visiting both the cities and the country side. As I think I said at the time, Jesus c ... read more

  • Naming (Revd Marion Millin) 15.1.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

    `A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,` So writes Shakespeare. Well possibly - because once something is named it carries all sorts of expectations. In th ... read more

  • A New Era Dawning (Revd Marion Millin) 8.1.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17

    Just before Christmas, one of my friends posted a clip on Facebook of Peter Rollins speaking which I`m going to put on in a moment - Rollins is a 44 year old writer, philos ... read more

  • The Flight Into Egypt (Douglas Lambert) 1.1.2017
    Reading: Matthew 2: 13-23

    Lazy days on holiday for some; others experiencing the frenetic demands of retail sales etc; family gatherings; new beginnings for others.

    Not actually the beginning of the year for the church community, that w ... read more

  • Joseph at the Crossroads (Jodi Lambert) 18.12.2016
    Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1: 18-25

    Joseph, we are told, was a good man; a man who always did what was right. He kept his nose clean; he worked hard; he stayed out of trouble; he did the right thing by his neighbours; he did unto ot ... read more

  • A True Penitent? (Revd Dr John Shepherd) 30.10.2016
    Reading: Luke 15:11-32

    Today`s passage from Luke`s gospel tells the story of the Prodigal Son (15: 11-32). And as I read it again, what leapt out at me was a phrase that took me back through the mists of time to when I was actually young. ... read more

  • Get your priorities right! (Jim Malcolm) 4.9.2016
    Readings: Hosea 11:1-11; Colossians 3:1-17; Luke 12:13-34

    I don`t know about you, but I`m a great believer in making a shopping list and sticking to it. I`m sure that`s the only way to go shopping. Unfortunately I can`t put it into effect ... read more

  • The World`s Greatest Prayer (Dr Richard Smith) 24.7.2016
    Reading: Luke 11:11-13

    On weekends as a child I played on our farm in Kent, England. One Sunday I strayed further afield and was playing with a friend on a heap of road gravel between St Peter`s Anglican Church and my grandparents` home. T ... read more

  • The Way we are to Live (Terry Quinn) 10.7.2016
    Readings: Amos 7: 7-15; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke10:25-37

    It is a question of the way we are to live.

    Some of the most disturbing people who ever lived were the prophets. Their inspiration brought the Bible into being. Their condemnation ... read more

  • A Reflection on Power (Douglas Lambert) 3.7.2016
    Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:1-6; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

    (A video clip parodying election advertising)

    For me, that clip first played on ABC News 24 was the highlight of the election. This campaign has not been the most inf ... read more

  • Expanding the Circle of Life (Karen Sloan) 29.5.2016
    Readings: Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10

    Last week we held our monthly Amnesty group meeting. As usual it was full of talk and sharing, particularly since we had someone from the WA branch office visiting, and working out the letters we woul ... read more

  • The Threefold Theme (Revd Marion Millin) 22.5.2016
    Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5: John 16:12-15

    The threefold theme continues in the readings set for this Trinity Sunday. The first from Proverbs names Wisdom (Sophia in Greek) as a co-creator at the beginning of time. Then w ... read more

  • It`s a Long Story (Karen Sloan) 15.5.2016
    Readings: Acts 2: 1-21; John 14:8-17

    Last week in the service at Wembley Downs, Matt asked who we would most like to have dinner with, if we had the opportunity to pick anyone we could, either alive or dead. I picked among others, Desmond T ... read more

  • The Christ Imprint (Revd Marion Millin) 10.4.2016
    Readings: Acts 9:1-9; John 21:1-19 I have a feeling that we have all had life-changing spiritual experiences but we don`t get a chance to talk or think about it much. So let`s start by casting your mind back to your earliest spiritual encount ... read more

  • What is the Secret to Easter? (Karen Sloan) 27.3.2016
    Readings: 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26; John 20: 1-18

    As you all know I combine a love of science, and more particularly a love of human biology and anatomy, with my role here at Wembley Downs. I teach anatomy and human biology to first and sec ... read more

  • When is a messiah not a messiah? (Karen Sloan) 20.3.2016
    Reading: Luke 29:28-40

    We have heard from Nev about Jesus and Palm Sunday - when Jesus rides on a donkey into Jerusalem and Pilate rides in from the coast on a war horse. As Nev said, two men and two different ways of seeing life. It causes me to ... read more

  • Gospel of James - Malcolm, that is! (James Malcolm) 28.2.2016
    Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-17; Psalm 139:1-12; 1 John 4:7-21; Matthew 5:38-48

    As I start writing this sermon I`m not sure where it will lead. I note that later this evening Bill Loader will start his Lenten series on the books that did ... read more

  • What I Believe, Really! (Karen Sloan) 21.2.2016
    Readings: Genesis 1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13: 31-35

    It`s been an interesting and slightly disarming week. Every now again doubt comes knocking on my door, like an old friend who occasionally reappears, to my surprise. Faith ... read more

  • A New Beginning (Kerry Macmillan and Russ Revell) 14.2.2016
    Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 4: 1-13

    Kerry: There are some passages in Deuteronomy that we suspect never make it to a pulpit. Try reading the previous chapter! The Pentateuch, which comprises the first five books of the bible, of wh ... read more

  • Always There (Terry Quinn) 7.2.2016
    Readings: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36

    `Moses came down from Mt Sinai . . . he did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.` (Ex 34:29)

    `Exalt the Lord our God, ... read more

  • Stories (Karen Sloan) 31.1.2016
    Readings: Jeremiah 1: 4-10; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13; Luke 4: 21-30

    I would firstly acknowledge a couple of friends who have helped me with this sermon, Stan Grant and Nadia Bolz Weber, who seems to be influencing me a lot lately. Some of th ... read more

  • The First Step (Ashley Macmillan) 24.1.2016
    Readings: Psalm 10; Mark 4:35-41; A reading from the chapter `Cotton Candy` in Pastrix, written by US Lutheran Pastor, Nadia Boltz-Weber

    SO, I`M going TO TALK ABOUT FAITH, but given that faith manages to make it onto the list of most ... read more

  • The Mysterious Jesus (Revd David Robinson) 3.1.2016
    Readings: Psalm 147:1-11; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1: 1-18

    Cynthia Brown very kindly send me a copy of Karen`s Christmas Day sermon which I found not only to be interesting but also very much similar to at least some of the material I have pr ... read more

  • Going Deeper (Karen Sloan) 25.12.2015
    Readings: Luke 2: 1-14

    Christmas. It`s a mad, crazy time, Yet sometimes amazing things happen, little things that are surprising.

    I was at the carpark at the Innaloo shops the other day and was waiting for a spot while someone else pu ... read more

  • Fiction and Non Fiction (Revd Marion Millin) 6.12.2015
    Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

    Children`s Time - Introduction

    Who has a favourite book? ….. I`ve still got two of my favourite books from my childhood - this one was given to me 55 years ago for attendance at ... read more

  • Surprising and Challenging (Karen Sloan) 15.11.2015
    Reading from Maya Angelou; Mark 13:1-8

    I wrote this sermon before the events of Saturday when over 100 people were killed in Paris. I debated a whether to change it, but in the end I stand by what I wrote then, although it is not easy for a ... read more

  • The Heart of our Faith (Karen Sloan) 30.8.2015
    Readings - James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

    It is hard coming back from holidays. Somehow you have been in a different place, at a different pace, experiencing different things, and then, woosh, you are back. It`s a bit like time trave ... read more

  • Bread and Wisdom (Revd Marion Millin) 8.8.2015
    Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 In trying to gain understanding from our readings for today, it might be helpful to realise the context within which they were written. The OT passage comes from what i ... read more

  • Choices (Karen Sloan) 28.6.2015
    Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

    Today I want to talk about choices. We make them every day, from what we eat to where we work to who we marry. We can`t even go into the supermarket without having to make at least 50 decisions o ... read more

  • Is There Truth in a Story? (Karen Sloan) 14.6.2015
    Readings: 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10,14-17; Mark 4: 26-34

    Today I want to tell you a story.

    I was out playing golf with Nathan the other day. This is what one does post RPH. It was a sunny day, I was enjoying his company and we were getting ... read more

  • Family Life (Revd David Robinson) 7.6.2015
    Readings: 2 Corinthians 4: 13-5:1; Mark 3: 20-35 The focus of our reading from Mark`s Gospel is mainly about Jesus in relation to his family of origin. Forgive me if I begin with a story about the tensions which can arise in the relationship ... read more

  • The Message of Pentecost (Karen Sloan) 24.5.2015
    Readings: Acts 2: 1-21; Romans 8: 22-27; John 15: 26-27; 16:4b-15

    The other night I was privileged to go and hear Geoffrey Robertson speak at His Majesty`s theatre with my son Nathan. Nathan is a 5th year law student, although he looks mo ... read more

  • What a Legacy (Karen Sloan) 17.5.2015
    Reading: John 17:6-23

    As I get older I find myself doing the things my mother does. Since we have just had Mother`s Day, maybe that`s not such a bad thing, since she has loved and cared for me all this time.

    One of those things is to ... read more

  • Giant Sunday (Revd Neville Watson) 15.2.2015
    Reading: Mark 1:40-45

    Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by bacteria. It results in lumpy skin and can cause disfigurement in the toes and fingers as cartilage is absorbed into the body. It is also known as Hansen`s disease after a Dr H ... read more

  • Waiting for the LORD (Revd Marion Millin) 8.2.2015
    Readings: Isaiah 40:20-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 In the beautiful poem we just heard from Isaiah 40, both consolation and inspiration can be found as epitomised in verse 31: `Those who wait for the LORD shall ... read more

  • A Service of Commitment (Revd Neville Watson) 28.12.2014
    If you don`t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

    Readings: Isaiah 61:10 to 62:3; Galatians 4:4-47; Luke 2:22-40

    On the tenth day before Christmas I awoke at my usual hour of 4am and it struck me like a bomb ... read more

  • Should we cancel Christmas? (Karen Sloan) 25.12.2014
    Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Hebrews 1:1-3; Luke 2: 1-20 Christmas has come and it comes into a world heavy of heart. War, terror and unbelievable acts of savagery have graced our newspapers and our TV screens recently. We think of the Martin Plac ... read more

  • Fact or Fable? (Revd Neville Watson) 21.12.2014
    Reading: Luke 1:26-38

    An angel spoke to Mary and said `Greetings most favoured one`.

    How do we understand that? A winged messenger from the heavens flutters down and speaks to Mary. Is that how we understand it? Do we believe it li ... read more

  • Master of the Universe (Terry Quinn) 23.11.2014
    Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16 and 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25: 31-46

    Back in the 1970s two brothers, Robert Oldenshaw (66) and John Oldenshaw (70) gave an interview about their life. Robert became a Catholic priest as a young man and ... read more

  • The Parable of the Talents (Revd Neville Watson) 16.11.2014
    Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

    For many this is a puzzling parable and sounds like a lesson in venture capitalism - the gospel according to Hockey so to speak. It is about using someone else`s money (what we call credit), investing it and reapin ... read more

  • Killing in the name of God (Revd Neville Watson) 2.11.2014
    `There are psychopaths aplenty loose in Iraq but not every head hunter ranks as a madman. The truth is altogether more disturbing. Victory cannot be secured militarily. This battle has to be fought and won by the theologians.` Tom Holland< ... read more

  • Never Give Up! (Jim Malcolm) 26.10.2014
    Readings: Jonah 1: 2:1,10; 3:1-5,10; 4:1-4,11; Matthew 12:38-42; Romans 12:14-21

    As you will have gathered from the children`s address, after 55 years of playing hockey, I was recently was part of a gold medal winning team at the National ... read more

  • Forgiving (Revd Marion Millin) 14.9.2014
    Readings: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 One of my theological `aha` moments came from watching a Compass program on the ABC a few years ago. Some Year 12 students from a couple of High Schools in Sydney ... read more

  • Convictions (Karen Sloan) 29.8.2014
    Readings: Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 These last few months have been a challenge for anyone who thinks there is a future for the human race. We have so many conflicts that seem to never go away, and recently have escalated. We can name th ... read more

  • Wrestling with God (Jim Malcolm) 3.8.2014
    Readings: Genesis 32: 22-32; Psalm 17; Romans 5: 1-5; John 6:1-13 Hear the words of Elihu the Buzite, recorded in the book of Job, Chapter 32, verses 6 to 10:

    ``I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to dec ... read more

  • The Parables of Matthew 13 (Revd Neville Watson) 27.7.2014
    Reading: Matthew 13: 31-34

    Before we look at the parable of the mustard seed let me remind you of the significance of Parables.

    Firstly, their central position in the teaching of Jesus. As Matthew says, `In all his teaching ... read more

  • Don't Weed! (Karen Sloan) 17.7.2014
    Reading: Matthew 13:24-30 I have been reminded quite recently about the radical nature of Jesus` parables. A few weeks ago, I spoke of unconditional love, and how we are called to love our children regardless of whether they pick up their sock ... read more

  • The Common Good (Karen Sloan) 29.6.2014
    Readings: Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10: 40-42 The birth of this sermon has been very difficult. In fact it only came together a few days ago, as opposed to some which can be written weeks before. Perhaps it`s because of the nat ... read more

  • Whither Wembley Downs? (Revd Neville Watson) 22.6.2014
    Reading: John 17:20-26

    Three things have prompted the form and content of our time together this morning.

    Firstly, Karen recently wrote a poignant blog entitled `Old friend, where are you heading for now?` where she recorded sitting in ... read more

  • In My Father's House (Revd Neville Watson) 18.5.2014
    Reading: John 14:2

    It is my melancholy duty this morning to inform you that notwithstanding the number of times you have heard that passage read at funeral services, there are no mansions in heaven for the faithful. The Greek w ... read more

  • Jesus is Lord (Revd David Robinson) 27.4.2014
    Readings: Acts 2:14a and 22-32; John 20:19-31

    Last Sunday at our 8 o`clock service at Nedlands, the speaker (our Youth Worker, Ric) mentioned that there were two processions on that Palm Sunday - one from the east, led by Jesus riding on a ... read more

  • Practising Resurrection (Karen Sloan) 20.4.2014
    Readings: Acts 10: 34-43; Matthew 28: 1-10 Last year was a big year for me. Not only did I go to Istanbul and Canberra, but I also went to Israel. For a Christian this is supposed to be the Holy Grail, the place that Jesus lived, died and was ... read more

  • God's Friday (Revd Neville Watson) 18.4.2014
    For over seventy years I have pondered the significance of Good Friday and I think I have at last got it. I freely concede however that next year it may be otherwise for ours is an evolving faith. But, at this point of time the significance of Good F ... read more

  • Anyone can pass it on (Jim Malcolm) 23.3.2014
    Readings: Psalm 95; Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42 It may have never occurred to you, but we have a rather special church here in Wembley Downs. I am well aware that not many other churches would accept me in the pulpit! I`ve certainly valued gre ... read more

  • Paradox (Karen Sloan) 16.2.2014
    Reading: Matthew 5: 21-37 There are many contradictions or paradoxes in life that sometimes do our head in. In biology, chemistry, physics and cosmology we are surrounded by things that just do not seem to fit together logically. In physics w ... read more

  • The Hating has to Stop (Karen Sloan) 2.2.2014
    Readings: 1 Corinthians1: 18-31; Matthew 5: 1-12 It is good to reflect on a holiday past, to identify those things that have been significant. Of course lazing around down south or in Bali are high points but it is also the things you read or ... read more

  • The God Reality (Revd Marion Millin) 19.1.2014
    Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 As part of our communion liturgy we have that lovely play on words, `Jesus gives us real eyes to realise where the real lies.` (Richard Rohr). But a recent question from our be ... read more

  • God`s Labour Ward (Terry Quinn) 5.1.2014
    Readings: Hosea 13:13; John 3: 1-21 From the first day of the Church`s life it faced constant struggles and resistance by its own members to the testimony of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit. On the one hand, the teaching of the Risen Ch ... read more

  • The Christmas Stories (Revd Neville Watson) 22.12.2013
    Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 The Gospel reading set for today has always seemed strange to me in so far as it seems to beat the gun. We seem to have arrived at Christmas some days earlier than we should. We have just read of the birth of Jesus. W ... read more

  • JB and Christmas (Revd Neville Watson) 15.12.2013
    Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Matthew1:18-25 The build up to Christmas continues, and into the story pops John the Baptist, a seeming nutter who used to walk around in a camel skin and whose diet consisted of grasshoppers and wild honey. What o ... read more

  • The Kingdom Here and Now (Karen Sloan) 1.12.2013
    Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 I live a double life. Two days a week I work for Wembley Downs Uniting, and two and a half days I work as a research officer for Royal Perth Hospital. In my work as a research officer ... read more

  • Midwives of Change (Karen Sloan) 27.10.2013
    Reading: Exodus 1:1-27 The Common Dreams conference I went to in Canberra in September was great. There were lots of different speakers basing their talks on a common theme, Being midwives of change. They used this metaphor for birthing the ... read more

  • Planting Trees (Revd Frances Hadfield) 6.10.2013
    Reading: Luke 17: 5-10 Rob Bell, in Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian faith, writes - `The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. Some people are so sure that their per ... read more

  • Creativity (Revd Gemmel Sherwood) 21.9.2013
    The year 2013 is memorable in many ways. Already we have celebrated fifty years since Martin Luther King`s defining proclamation, `I have a dream that all should be equal`. In November we will commemorate the speech of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg w ... read more

  • Giving it a good shake (Revd Neville Watson) 25.8.2013
    Six weeks ago I took a service here where the title of the sermon was `A Faith for the Faithless`. As I finished putting together today`s effort, I realised that it is in effect part two of that sermon punctuated by six weeks abroad and its experienc ... read more

  • Get your priorities right! (Jim Malcolm) 4.8.2013
    Readings: Hosea 11:1-11; Colossians 3:1-17; Luke 12:13-34 I don`t know about you, but I`m a great believer in making a shopping list and sticking to it. I`m sure that`s the only way to go shopping. Unfortunately I can`t put it into effect! ... read more

  • Same Love (Karen Sloan) 21.7.2013
    Reading: Luke 10:38-42 Today I am going to do something different. I am going to let a song be most of the sermon. It`s not a Christian song, in fact it`s a popular rap song, and it goes to the heart of what we have heard for four weeks from ... read more

  • A Faith for the Faithless (Revd Neville Watson) 7.7.2013
    The Scriptures Galatians 6:14-15 The passage from Galatians set for today needs no explanation. It speaks for itself and is a passage worth learning by heart.

    Luke 10: 1-18 The passage from Luke is about what we would refe ... read more

  • Living a Good Life (Karen Sloan) 30.6.2013
    Readings: Galatians 5: 1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 It`s funny how travelling can widen one`s view of life, giving us time to examine what we really believe and providing insights not seen when working 5 days a week. Some of you would know that I ha ... read more

  • To be `In Christ Jesus` (Dr Richard Smith) 23.6.2013
    Readings: Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 `There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.` (Gal 3:28). This statement by Paul upset the or ... read more

  • John the Baptist`s Death (Revd Neville Watson) 16.6.2013
    Reading: Mark 6:14-30 It is a story of Hollywood proportions - a flash back to a scheming woman, a drunken King, the dance of the seven veils and a head on a plate. But what on earth has it to do with the Christian faith? Quite a bit actually ... read more

  • The Prodigal God (Jim Malcolm) 2.6.2013
    Reading: Luke 15: 1-3 and 11-32 A while ago my son gave me a book called `The Prodigal God` by Timothy Keller. As the name suggests, it takes a fresh look at Jesus` parable of the prodigal son and, as I read it, it set me thinking - which was ... read more

  • The God Man (Revd Neville Watson) 25.5.2013
    Readings: John 16:12-15; Romans 5: 1-5 Who was Jesus of Nazareth? It is a question that has been asked from the moment he was born, and many answers have been given. Indeed, within the scriptures over two hundred names and titles have been a ... read more

  • Everybody Knows (Terry Quinn) 5.5.2013
    Readings: Acts 16:9-15; Ps 67; John 14: 23-29 Today is the 6th Sunday of Easter. One of the daily lectionary readings for the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost is from the Acts of the Apostles. At the end of Luke`s Gospel the Risen Christ l ... read more

  • Dualistic Thinking (Revd Neville Watson) 21.4.2013
    Reading: John 10:22-30 It was the Festival of The Dedication, the time when they remembered how the Jewish people, under the leadership of Judas Maccabeus, threw the Greek oppressors out of Palestine and rededicated the Temple. They had to r ... read more

  • Thomas - Faith and Doubt (Revd David Robinson) 7.4.2013
    Readings: John 20:19-31; Acts 5:27-32 Our reading from John`s Gospel makes it clear that the disciples, even if they had heard the message from Mary Magdalene that she had seen a risen Jesus, either didn`t believe her or were so frightened ab ... read more

  • Into the Future (Revd Neville Watson) 31.3.2013
    Readings: Luke 24:1-31; Acts 9:1-9 About the Scriptures A few words about the scriptures which I hope will help you relate more deeply to the Easter stories, the time when the course of human history was changed. However and whatever happe ... read more

  • The Palm Sunday Procession (Revd Neville Watson) 24.3.2013
    Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philemon 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40 or John 12:12-16 My memory is not what it used to be, but I can remember as if it were yesterday the time I first saw a man riding a donkey. It was twenty years ago in Israel on the roa ... read more

  • The Elephants in the Room (Revd Neville Watson) 24.2.2013
    Readings: 1Kings 18:36-40; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 26: 47-52; `Arms and the Man` From Afghanistan to Timbuktu, from Bali to Baghdad, the suicide bombing that Ashley has dramatised for us this morning is a common occurrence. What we have see ... read more

  • Who do we belong to? (Karen Sloan) 17.2.2013
    Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10: 8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 I went last weekend to the concert down at the Leeuwin Winery in the south west. We haven`t been since we lived down there but when I heard who was singing I couldn`t resist. Caro ... read more

  • Good Shepherds (Revd Marion Millin) 10.2.2013
    Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1,4 -13; Psalm 23; John 10:11-18 So what exactly is a Good Shepherd? Have you seen one lately? In our urban, industrial, technological society we don`t get to see too many shepherds or wolves! Or do we?

    My own exper ... read more

  • A Wedding at Cana (Revd Marion Millin) 20.1.2013
    Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 If you think of this carafe being one litre and the six jars at Cana each being a hundred times that size then it was an awful lot of wine Jesus produced, wasn`t it? - ... read more

  • Spiritual Presence (Revd David Robinson) 6.1.2013
    Readings 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20: 19-31 My daughter Margaret keeps me well supplied with novels. Recently she gave me one with the title `Judas Child` - it took me quite a long while to read it - the story was a bit complicated but in essence ... read more

  • A Canvas Rich with Meaning (Karen Sloan) 25.12.2012
    Reading: Luke 2:1-14 Art, music and dance are all ways to see the world in creative and imaginative ways. They give us insights in what it is to be human and what we need to live full and complete lives.

    Art particularly draws us in. A pa ... read more

  • Incarnation (Revd Neville Watson) 23.12.2012
    Readings: Micah 5:2-5a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 In these weeks before Christmas, I have received a lot of mail referring to the event. One of them was from a jeweller who suggested I `celebrate the joy of giving` by giving to my wife ... read more

  • A Drink of Water (Karen Sloan) 16.12.2012
    Reading: Luke 3:7-18 I have become a big fan of Peter Mayer. He was the song writer you saw a couple of weeks ago if you were here, on the DVD Holy Now. He sings about God, a god found in all of creation, a god who is like a river to i ... read more

  • Advent Hope (Karen Sloan) 2.12.2012
    Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16;1Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21:25-36 It might surprise you but I am learning the piano. I didn`t do piano when I was a kid because my mother had a negative response to it from her childhood, so I took it up just b ... read more

  • A Pathway to Blessing (Terry Quinn) 25.11.2012
    Readings: Deuteronomy 4: 1-12; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22: 34-46 Today’s reading from the last chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy is about the death of Moses. He went up a high mountain and saw the entire country God had promised t ... read more

  • Love God - How in God`s name? (Jim Malcolm) 4.11.2012
    Reading: Mark 12:28-34 From the Gospels we see that some of the people talking to Jesus seemed to focus on commandments, on rules, on a list of laws that must be complied with. I`ve noted four different occasions where there are stories ab ... read more

  • Are we also blind? (Revd Neville Watson) 28.10.2012
    Reading: Mark 10: 46-52 Karen commented last week on my lack of interest in novels. She is both right and wrong at the same time. It is true that I cannot remember the last novel I read. And I concede that some of the great thinkers of our d ... read more

  • Transforming Love (Karen Sloan) 21.10.2012
    Reading: Mark 10: 35-45 It`s funny that as we age we find that we also mellow. These days Nev and I wouldn`t strongly disagree very often. He is after all much older than me! However there is one thing that we don`t really see eye to eye on. ... read more

  • God, Climate and Environment (Dr Richard Smith) 7.10.2012
    Readings: Genesis 1:1-2, 26-31. 2:1-3; Luke 12:16-31 `In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth`. This portrays creation as a past event. Yet time progresses and theories advance and from a modern perspective we should read it as ... read more

  • Grassroots Revolution (Karen Sloan) 30.9.2012
    Readings: Esther 7:1-6,9-10,9:20-22; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 I was overwhelmed the other day, while heading to work, to hear that Burma`s democracy leader and Nobel peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi was being awarded one of America`s h ... read more

  • The Getting of Wisdom (Karen Sloan) 23.9.2012
    Readings: Proverbs 31:10-31; James 3:13-4:3,7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 I was sitting at my computer the other day, preparing the service, looking for some pearls of wisdom.

    I frankly was feeling slightly overwhelmed and marginally inadequate for ... read more

  • Who do you say that I am? (Karen Sloan) 16.9.2012
    Reading: Mark 8:27-38 I spent last week away in Sydney listening to John Dominic Crossan, a highly regarded New Testament scholar and theologian, talk about the parables of Jesus. Apart from coming home to find the dog needing an operation and ... read more

  • Song of Life (Terry Quinn) 2.9.2012
    Readings: Song of Songs 2, 8-13; James 1, 17-27, Mark 7, 1-8, 14-15, 21-23. I wonder what your favourite Beatles song is: I wanna hold your hand? She loves you? Yesterday? Paul McCartney is a great song writer. Do you kno ... read more

  • Where else would we go? (Revd Neville Watson) 26.8.2012
    Reading: John 6: 66-69 Hang on to your hats and fasten your safety belts. It`s going to be a rough ride for all of us this morning– and, if I don`t say something that offends you today, then I`ve failed this magnificent piece of scripture. ... read more

  • Need and Greed (Revd David Robinson) 5.8.2012
    Readings II Samuel 11: 26- 12a; John 6: 24-35 The reading from John`s Gospel is a follow on from last Sunday`s story about the feeding of the 5000. The story is well known as are the arguments about what really happened - did Jesus perfor ... read more

  • Song of Life (Terry Quinn) 22.7.2012
    Readings: Song of Songs 2, 8-13; James 1, 17-27, Mark 7, 1-8, 14-15, 21-23. I wonder what your favourite Beatles song is: I wanna hold your hand? She loves you? Yesterday? Paul McCartney is a great song writer. Do you kno ... read more

  • Hogfather (Revd Marion Millin) 8.7.2012
    Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10; Mark 6:1–13 8 July 2012 INTRODUCTION TO THEME Many years ago the great theologian Karl Barth advised his students to Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers ... read more

  • Choices (Karen Sloan) 1.7.2012
    Reading: Mark 5:21-43 Today I want to talk about choices. We make them every day, from what we eat to where we work to whom we marry. We can`t even go into the supermarket without having to make at least 50 decisions on what to buy as there a ... read more

  • The Man from God`s Tomorrow (Revd Neville Watson) 24.6.2012
    Reading: Mark 4:35-41 l clearly remember my first afternoon in Tiberias on Lake Galilee. Bernadette and I had booked into the Guest House on the lake side when I heard a noise like a train rushing past. My actual words were, `What on earth is ... read more

  • The Mustard Seed (Karen Sloan) 17.6.2012
    Readings: 2 Cor 5:6-10,14-17; Mark 4:26-34 I love the radio. Particularly I love Radio National. No matter what time of the day or night it always has something interesting being talked about, or someone amazing being interviewed. I love the g ... read more

  • Pentecost 2012 (Karen Sloan) 27.5.2012
    Readings: Acts 2:1-21; John 15: 26-27 and 16: 4b-15 I have two boys, one 19 and one 15, who are forever playing their music in my car, a travesty. After one drive, when my head was full of rap and rock, I played with the radio and discovered ... read more

  • Pluralism (Karen Sloan) 13.5.2012
    Readings: Acts 10:44-48; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 Last weekend we were lucky to have Lorraine Parkinson and John Bodycomb, retired Uniting Church ministers, authors and, in Lorraine`s case, a NT scholar, spend time with us, engaging and hop ... read more

  • What makes life Christian? (Robert Watson) 6.5.2012
    Readings: Acts 8:26-40; 1John 4: 7-21; John 15: 1-8 What makes life Christian? Is it a set of beliefs about God and the world? Is it more specifically what one believes about Jesus? Is being Christian a matter of right doctrine or theolog ... read more

  • Words! Words! Words! (Rev Gemmel Sherwood) 29.4.2012
    Readings: 1John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 Words can be very helpful and very confusing. My four-year-old grandson was explaining to me, `Pop, me rode my bike yesterday!` Wanting to be helpful, I said, `Instead of saying, `Me rode my bike,` y ... read more

  • God and Metaphor (Revd Neville Watson) 22.4.2012
    Reading: Exodus 3:1-13 The opening words of Exodus 3 contain for me what is the most significant story in the Old Testament. It is about the nature of God. And let me say from the outset that, as disconcerting as it may be to the current batch ... read more

  • John 20 - Thomas (Revd Marion Millin) 15.4.2012
    Readings: Psalm 133; Acts 4:32-35; John 20:19-31 I wonder where the Easter Story has connected with you this year? In one sense it is the culmination of the heroic journey of one extraordinary man challenging corrupt religious and economic v ... read more

  • Continuing Crucifixion (Revd Neville Watson) 6.4.2012
    Neville Watson conducted our service of worship on Good Friday. He prefaced it by saying: `I am not asking you to agree with everything that is said this morning. Within this congregation we thankfully have a wide variety of faith positions. I do ... read more

  • Death and Dying (Revd David Robinson) 1.4.2012
    Readings: Mark 14: 26-42; Mark 15: 1-15 The hymn we just sang – All creatures of our God and King . . . – Did you find it (all seven verses) a bit exhausting? And what did you think about Verse 6? . . .And you, most kind and g ... read more

  • God`s Evolving Covenant (Dr Richard Smith) 25.3.2012
    Readings: Jeremiah 31-34, John 12:20-33 `What is the most important question you can ask in life`? Albert Einstein`s answer was: `Is the Universe a friendly place or not?`. Most people intuitively live as if the answer is YES. In Jeremiah ... read more

  • What is judgment? (Revd Neville Watson) 18.3.2012
    Reading: John 3:14-21 This passage follows the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus about the new birth. Nicodemus may have been an important Jewish leader but he was as thick as a brick about what Jesus is saying. This gives the writer of ... read more

  • Trailing Clouds of Glory (Jim Malcolm) 4.3.2012
    Readings: 1 John 4:16b-21; Mark 2:18-22 I love Horace Rumpole. He`s a fictional Old Bailey Barrister created by John Mortimer and wonderfully acted by the late Leo McKern. He has a number of endearing characteristics, one of which is to quote ... read more

  • Life as a Journey! (Revd Neville Watson) 26.2.2012
    Readings: Genesis 9:8-17; 1Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 9:1-15 When I use the word `journey` I automatically think of, and identify with, those great words of Morris West in his book entitled `A View From the Ridge`. I feel like a climber who, ... read more

  • Healing (Kerry Macmillan) 12.2.2012
    Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-4; Mark 1: 40-45 Both of our readings for today are stories that tell us of instances where God has brought healing to the lives of people who suffered from a skin disease. From the Old Testament we have Naaman who is gr ... read more

  • Jesus and the Leper (Russ Revell) 12.2.2012
    Reading: Mark 1: 40-45 I just want to offer some background to this story in Mark`s Gospel which may be helpful to thinking our way through the event.There are three areas I want to present and try to link them together.The first one ... read more

  • Liberation (Revd David Robinson) 5.2.2012
    Readings: Isaiah 40: 21-31; Mark 1: 29-39 In preparation for today I asked Cynthia for some information about what Karen preached about last Sunday and her quick response was to provide me with a copy of Karen`s sermon. The reason for my ... read more

  • The Age of the Spirit (Karen Sloan) 28.1.2012
    Reading: Mark 1: 21-28 January is always a good time for reflection. Down at Busselton, along the bay, a warm sun beating down and the crystal clear water so blue and inviting. That`s where I have been for day days recharging, renewing and re ... read more

  • Encountering mystery (Revd Marion Millin) 15.1.2012
    Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:40-51 Encountering the mystery that is God is what the first chapter of John`s gospel is all about starting with a universal picture of `Logos = the Word.` Origi ... read more

  • My Peace I give to you (Revd Neville Watson) 27.11.2011
    Jesus was non violent. I don`t think there is any doubt about it. The story of Jesus is the story of the Cross, is the story of non violence. Gandhi saw the life of Jesus and the Cross as a profound example of violence being met by non violence. Some ... read more

  • Ready or not (Revd Marion Millin) 7.11.2011
    Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Matthew.25:1-13 To be honest with you, I grimaced when I read the texts for today. Both of them sit uncomfortably for me for I feel like my theology has moved on. I do not see our God as a `jealous being` concerned a ... read more

  • What is leadership? (Karen Sloan) 30.10.2011
    It`s an interesting time being around Perth at the moment. Actually for many people it`s very exciting seeing the Queen and Prince Philip and engaging in some traditional English activities like a high tea. I myself can`t get too enthusiastic about i ... read more

  • A Pathway to Blessing (Terry Quinn) 23.10.2011
    Readings: Deuteronomy 4: 1-12; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22: 34-46 Todays reading from the last chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy is about the death of Moses. He went up a high mountain and saw the entire country God had promised to ... read more

  • A Significant Response (Karen Sloan) 16.10.2011
    Reading: Matthew 22:15-22 I wonder if anyone here is a rugby fan. If so you probably watched one of the great games the other day, between South Africa and Australia. Hard tough rugby played by two teams at the peak of their skill. But it ma ... read more

  • The Kingdom of God (Revd David Robinson) 2.10.2011
    Readings Philippians 3: 4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Over the last four weeks some members of the Nedlands congregation (mainly elderly) have been involved in studying a book by Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity. We have found that it ... read more

  • Our Culture in Crisis (Revd Neville Watson) 25.9.2011
    My contention this morning is that our culture is in crisis. I use the word `culture` in the sense of `the way of living which is transmitted from one generation to another`. And I use the word `crisis` in the sense of `a turning point`. I have in mi ... read more

  • Love is the fulfilling of the law (Jim Malcolm) 4.9.2011
    Readings: Psalm 149; Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 13:8-14 Our gospel reading today is fascinating! Look at the first verse If another member of the church sins against you.... Wait a minute, isnt this Jesus talking? So where does the church ... read more

  • What the world needs now (Karen Sloan) 28.8.2011
    Readings: Exodus 3: 1-15; Romans 14: 1-12; Matthew 18, 21-35 I was sitting in the dentist the other day getting a clean, which I have to say is worse than getting a filling, and the therapist had the radio on. Now normally it is usually a mus ... read more

  • Send them away or feed them? (Dr Richard Smith) 31.7.2011
    Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 From our Reading: Do we send them away or do we feed them? Here is a profound moral question that Jesus addressed, and which we must now face with Climate Change impacting our globalised world. How might this be you ... read more

  • The Providence of God (Rev Gemmel Sherwood) 24.7.2011
    Readings: Genesis 29:15-28; Romans 8: 26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Paul writes, We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves . This reminded me of the story ... read more

  • The Meaning of Life (Karen Sloan) 26.6.2011
    Over the last few weeks I have been pondering life, and what it is to be human in our world today. I know it sounds very philosophical but there is nothing like a chat about the meaning of life over dinner to make one start thinking about it. Nathan ... read more

  • Leave taking (Revd Marion Millin) 5.6.2011
    Readings: John 17:1-11; Acts 1:6-14 Todays readings both come from the New Testament both are about leave-taking. One is from the beginning of the book of Acts to do with what we now call Jesuss ascension. But first were going to hear fr ... read more

  • The Way, the Truth and the Life (Revd Neville Watson) 22.5.2011
    Reading: John 14:1-7 Any understanding of this passage begins with a recognition of the obvious. It is from Johns gospel and Johns gospel is different from the others. Matthew, Mark and Luke seek to present the data concerning Jesus of Naza ... read more

  • Spiritual Presence (Revd David Robinson) 1.5.2011
    Readings 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20: 19-31 My daughter Margaret keeps me well supplied with novels. Recently she gave me one with the title Judas Child - it took me quite a long while to read it - the story was a bit complicated but in essence ... read more

  • Good Friday - Were you there? (Karen Sloan) 22.4.2011
    This intercessory service of worship is based on one developed by American Christians for the Abolition of Torture. In the introduction to the original, we read, `The service has been designed to assist faith communities relive the passion of Christ ... read more

  • Palm Sunday (Revd Neville Watson) 17.4.2011
    Readings: Matthew 21: 1-11 Palm Sunday There were two parades that day. Through the Western gate Pilate entered on a horse accompanied by soldiers in full uniform with banners and drums and the sun glinting on spear and shield, and pe ... read more

  • It`s all about the eyes (Karen Sloan) 3.4.2011
    Readings: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 The eye is an amazing structure. It is so complex it is often used as an argument against evolution. Some people suggest it had to be given by God as a complete package, because it wo ... read more

  • Living Water (Revd Cathie Lambert) 27.3.2011
    Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; John 4: 5-42 Todays readings are two of my favourites. For some of us, we will have heard them numerous times and heard many sermons preached about them. The John reading is so important to me that I chose it as one ... read more

  • Love is the Key to Life (Karen Sloan) 27.3.2011
    Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 Love is the key to life. Love can change anything and everything. Love is the outward show of God`s inward spirit driving us towards each other, giving life where there is death and despair ... read more

  • Temptation (Matthew Sloan) 13.3.2011
    Readings: Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11 What do we find tempting? Temptation is all around us. It is a part of life and has been for as long as people have drawn breath. We dont have to look far into the bible to come across ... read more

  • Airplane Mine! (Revd Bruce Sanguin) 8.3.2011
    I WAS INVITED TO PREACH last Sunday at Wembley Downs Uniting Church in Perth, Australia. Revd Neville Watson leads the community. He is worthy of a blog himself as an octogenarian peace activist (he was in Baghdad for the US `Shock and Awe` invas ... read more

  • Joy from the heart (Karen Sloan) 27.2.2011
    Readings: Isaiah 49: 8-16a; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34 What a few months it has been. Tragedy and grief and loss seem to be everywhere, as many of us both here and overseas cope with floods, fire, earthquake and accidents. It makes ... read more

  • Sixty Second Sermon (Revd Neville Watson) 20.2.2011
    Matthew 5:38-48 I have probably heard more nonsense spoken of this passage than any other in the bible. And the current `With Love to the World` is no exception. It says about the passage: Jesus` advice is to let the oppressor have his ... read more

  • Only love wastefully (Jim Malcolm) 6.2.2011
    Readings: Isaiah 58:1-9a; 1Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:15-20 The festive season has been eventful for the Malcolm household. Sandy has taken on a new course of university study, and shes already started pre-reading Hugh MacKays book Wh ... read more

  • Speeches (Revd Gemmel Sherwood) 30.1.2011
    Readings: 1 Cor 1: 18-31; Matthew 5:1-12 We heard some rather important speeches on Tuesday last (25 January 2011) when there was an announcement by the Prime Minister of the awards for The Australian of The Year and other leading citizens. ... read more

  • The Sacrament of the Present Moment (Terry Quinn) 23.1.2011
    Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4: 12-23 Christ sent me to preach the Gospel so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. We need only to look at the news to get a sense of the enormity of suffe ... read more

  • Faith (Karen Sloan) 16.1.2011
    Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 9:1-9; John 1:29-42 What is Faith to us? I hope we are gathered here because we have faith that God is the sacred mystery of life, part of us and our world. I hope we are here because we have faith t ... read more

  • Empire Under Threat (Revd Neville Watson) 25.12.2010
    Readings: Matthew 2: 1-16, Selected paraphrased readings from Isaiah entitled 'Isaiah's Dream' (see below) We listen now to a paraphrase of some of Isaiahs statements. Isaiah was one of the great orators of his day, as was Martin Luther K ... read more

  • Thank God for Joseph (Karen Sloan) 19.12.2010
    Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 This week is the fourth week of Advent, so we light the candle of joy. Though at the moment there is not much joy around, just lots of tragedy and grief. I can not speak this morni ... read more

  • Our God is Non Violent (Revd Neville Watson) 28.11.2010
    Reading: Matthew 24:36-44 `There will be two men in the field. One will be taken, the other left. Two women grinding at the mill. One will be taken, the other left.` I wonder if you know what is the best selling series of books ... read more

  • Where are we going? (Karen Sloan) 7.11.2010
    Readings: Isaiah 61:1-6, Matthew 25:31-46, Thomas Berry, Eco-Theologian: `If the dynamics of the universe from the beginning shaped the course of the heavens, lighted the sun, and formed the Earth . . . if this same dynamism brought for ... read more

  • Where are we now? (Karen Sloan) 31.10.2010
    Readings: Job 12:7-10, Romans 8:19-22, Rev 22:1-5, Matt 6:19-24 We ended last week with a new creation story, one that included the whole of the universe and of life. This new creation story, with God at its centre, revealed a picture of inte ... read more

  • Where have we come from? (Karen Sloan) 24.10.2010
    Readings: Dreamtime creation story - Australian aboriginal tradition; Genesis 1:1-3, 26-37; Genesis for a new millennium - Arthur Peacock We live at an amazing time in history - A time when we can explore both ourselves and our universe at a ... read more

  • Rich Man, Poor Man (Karen Sloan) 26.9.2010
    Readings: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 A few weeks ago Matt and I went down to Dunsborough for an extended family weekend away. My cousin Robyn had acquired a beautiful house down there and wanted to catch up with t ... read more

  • Being a Prophet (Revd Neville Watson) 19.9.2010
    Reading: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The optimist sees the glass half full of water. The pessimist sees the glass of water half empty. Same picture, completely different approach. Each results in inaction. The Optimists look through their rose-coloured ... read more

  • Two Reflections (Russ Revell) 5.9.2010
    Reading: Philemon 1-21 Opens an envelope and reads the lette My dear friend I apologise for not keeping in touch with you but I have been so busy with my new Social Support Group. I will get straight to the point of this letter ... read more

  • Jesus and Transformation (Karen Sloan) 15.8.2010
    Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56 The bible is something we can learn so much from, about our faith and about who we are. As many people have said, we need to take it seriously, but not literally, for it has a complex ... read more

  • What on Earth Does 'Heaven' mean? (Jim Malcolm) 1.8.2010
    Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-3, 6-14; Romans 12:1-2, 9-18; John 14: 1-12 When I last preached I took a scientific look at faith and belief in God and explained that as a scientist who could not prove the existence of God I have chosen, because i ... read more

  • Joy (Terry Quinn) 3.7.2010
    Readings: Isaiah 66:1-10; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12 It is the summer of 1940 and we are on the northern French coast, north-east of Calais, just below the French-Belgian border. The place is Dunkirk and the British army is surrounded by ... read more

  • Wisdom (Revd Gemmel Sherwood) 30.5.2010
    Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 On 24 May 1543 Nicolas Copernicus was buried in an unmarked grave in the church in Frombork in Poland. He had been declared a heretic by the Catholic Church because he taug ... read more

  • The Story of Thomas (Revd John McCarthy) 12.4.2010
    Readings: Acts 5: 27-32 ; John 20: 19-31 Last Sunday I dealt with some of the personalities of the Resurrection including us. Today we concentrate on one person, Thomas. During the years Ive been a bit hard on Thomas. The odds were against h ... read more

  • Jesus is Alive! (Revd Neville Watson) 4.4.2010
    Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25; Mark 16:1-8 Where does one start and finish on Easter Day? I do not know. I could stand here for a couple of hours and simply scratch the surface. As Marcus Borg says, `This is far more than a ghost story.` (1)

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  • Palm Sunday (Robert Watson) 28.3.2010
    Readings: Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11 Can you remember the stir caused within churches when Webber and Rices rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar hit the stage? Was it blasphemous? What about that ending? And some of those words! 'He ... read more

  • Getting the message (Karen Sloan) 21.3.2010
    Reading: John 12:1-8 Last week as kids do, Patrick had a sick day so I rearranged my life so that I could stay home with him. In our house when you are sick but not too sick a movie can be watched and even though I was supposed to be working ... read more

  • No Rest in Peace! (Jim Malcolm) 7.3.2010
    Readings: Matthew 5:1-16, 43-48; Matthew 25:32-40: Romans 12: 9-21 Do you ever read the obituaries? I know some people make a habit of it, and I remember that poem that finishes 'If my names not there I know Im not dead, so I have a goo ... read more

  • (Revd Marion Millin) 28.2.2010
    Readings: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17- 4:1; Luke 13:31-35 When I first read the passages for today I have to admit I was not exactly inspired, thinking what on earths the connection between a very ancient covenant ritu ... read more

  • The Temptations (Revd Neville Watson) 21.2.2010
    Reading: Luke 4:1-13 Why would you have the Temptations as the reading for the first Sunday inLent? It`s simple! Because the passage presents alternatives to the Way of the Cross. The temptations deal with the identity and vocation of Jesus - ... read more

  • Dazzling Darkness (Barry Preece) 14.2.2010
    Reading: Luke 9:28-36 Barbara Brown Taylor writes and I quote: Those of us who spend a lot of time in church have heard Lukes story of the transfiguration so often that we may think of it as a public event.According to Luke, it was not a pub ... read more

  • The Spark of Doubt (Karen Sloan) 7.2.2010
    Reading: 1Cor 15:1-11 As I mentioned earlier I had a wonderful experience at the quarry the other night. The weather was perfect, the moon was full and the trees were covered in light. The music was terrific and one sensed all was right with ... read more

  • Good News to the Poor (Revd Neville Watson) 31.1.2010
    Readings: Jeremiah 1: 4-10; 1Corinthians: 13, 1-13; Luke 4: 21-30 I had intended today to preach about climate change and make a few comments about the scriptures at the time of their reading. The powerful nature of the scripture passages w ... read more

  • Commitment (Karen Sloan) 17.1.2010
    Reading: 1Cor 12:1-11 While on holidays it`s a great time to read. I read lots of books while away, some complete trash and some not. One that wasn`t, was a little book by Mitch Albom called `Have a little faith`. He is the author of `Tuesday ... read more

  • Farewell to 2009 (Terry Quinn) 27.12.2009
    Readings: 1 Sam 2:18-20, 26; Ps 148; Col 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52 Today is the last Sunday of 2009. It is appropriate that we take leave of the year in a Christian way. Today is an opportunity to size up 2009 to rate the year. It is appropri ... read more

  • Christmas Day (Karen Sloan) 25.12.2009
    Christmas day is a day for singing and rejoicing, for the giving and receiving of gifts and for family and friends. But it is also a day that should push us out beyond all of our old comforts and convictions, our habits and fears and even our need fo ... read more

  • It's enough to make you cry (Karen Sloan) 20.12.2009
    Reading: Luke 1:39-45 This week I tried hard to find a sermon topic that did not involve the poor, or did not focus on justice and compassion or the lack of it in our world. But I failed miserably and for two very good reasons. Firstly we ... read more

  • While shepherds watched (Karen Sloan) 13.12.2009
    Readings: Zephaniah 3: 14-20; Luke 3: 7-18 In Christian circles we hear of joy all the time, but what is joy? Well, it is defined in the Macquarie dictionary as, `a great gladness and delight arising from present or expected good`. In our s ... read more

  • Repentance (Revd David Robinson) 6.12.2009
    Readings Malachi 3: 1-4; Luke 3:1-9 I attended a performance of The Messiah about ten days ago Perth Concert Hall was packed out by well dressed people many of whom had a meal at the Concert Hall prior to the performance and enjoy ... read more

  • Hope and the Coming of Christ (Jim Malcolm) 29.11.2009
    Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36 For the young at heart - Why don`t you look properly? Do you ever lose things? When I was young I remember Mum telling me to go and get something ¬- maybe I was to put my shoes on or something like ... read more

  • What is truth? (Karen Sloan) 22.11.2009
    Reading: John 18: 33-37 The other day, when I was browsing in a bookshop while waiting for Paddy to finish with an appointment, I came across a very interesting book, and as is my nature I bought it. The book is entitled `Immortal words, hist ... read more

  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall (Karen Sloan) 9.11.2009
    Reading: Mark 13: 1-8 This week saw the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, a wall that reminded us of the Cold War and the fear we all had that we may perish under a nuclear attack. I remember so clearly going through Check Poin ... read more

  • The Widow`s Mite (Revd John McCarthy) 8.11.2009
    Readings: Ruth: 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Hebrews 9: 24-28; Psalm 127; Mark 12: 38-44 In last Sundays glossy STM magazine Tom Percy wrote the Opinion Page. He is a political and social commentator and is on 6PR every Thursday morning. He said at the ... read more

  • Connections (Karen Sloan) 18.10.2009
    Reading: Job 38:1-7 Over the last couple of weeks Matt and I have had the privilege to spend some time with his cousin Julie and her husband Rob and their family. Julie has been fighting breast cancer for about nine years, and is at the end o ... read more

  • Human Intimacy (Prof William Loader) 4.10.2009
    Reading: Mark 10:2-12 These days we have come to recognise that marriages do not always work and that sometimes the most creative solution is divorce. People are then free to remarry. At best they engage the process in a way that leads to gre ... read more

  • Cost Effectiveness (Karen Sloan) 13.9.2009
    Reading: Mark 8:27-38 As most of you know I spend some of my working time at Royal Perth Hospital where I assess the outcome of hip and knee replacement surgery. We look at how well patients function after the surgery, what their pain levels ... read more

  • See, hear and respond (Barry Preece) 6.9.2009
    Readings: Psalm 125; James 2:1-10; Mark 7:1-8.14-15,21-23 In the Epistle and Gospel we heard about Inclusivesness and Healing. Another major story which teaches in a similar way is that well known one of Saul, who, when on his way to Damascus ... read more

  • The Way (Karen Sloan) 23.8.2009
    Readings: John 6:56-69; Ephesians 6:10-20 On Friday night, Matt, Nathan and I did what most of you have done, and went to see Les Miserables at the Regal. It was a great production and David, of course was the star of the show. If you don`t k ... read more

  • What is at the heart of Christianity? (Karen Sloan) 16.8.2009
    Readings: John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5: 15-20 What is at the heart of the Christian faith? Is it laws that we must follow without question, is it some eternal life that we seek to have once this life has ended and we are done with all the strugg ... read more

  • Who Me? (Jim Malcolm) 9.8.2009
    Service of worship Wembley Downs Uniting Church, 9 August 2009 - Commissioning of Elders Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 For the young at heart - Who, me? That reading from Isaiah picks up the ideas of kingly glory, brightness and ... read more

  • Come away and rest awhile (Karen Sloan) 19.7.2009
    Readings: Mark 6:30-34 and 53-56; Ephesians 2:11-22 I love the first part of the reading from Mark. Jesus tells his disciples to `come away to a deserted place by yourselves and rest a while. For many were coming and going and they had no le ... read more

  • Faithfulness and Generosity (Karen Sloan) 28.6.2009
    Readings: 2 Samuel 21: 1-14; Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5: 21-43 As some of you might know, Matt and I are doing some renovations. Now it has been a real eye opener, as we have not embarked on anything like this in all our 18 years of marriag ... read more

  • A Love that Calms a Storm (Karen Sloan) 21.6.2009
    Reading: Mark 4: 35-41 A storm, and a boat, and a powerful message on how to get to the other side. In this case the other side was a land of gentiles, a land full of different people and customs and beliefs. Jesus stilled the storm, and allo ... read more

  • Unity (Karen Sloan) 24.5.2009
    Readings: John 17: 6-19; 1John 5: 9-13 Today, in this sermon, I want to talk about unity. Not a unity where everyone believes the same thing but a unity that combines who we are biologically with our spiritual connections. One in which all t ... read more

  • The Timeless Shepherd (Rev David Robinson) 3.5.2009
    Readings 1 John 3:16-24; John 10: 11-18 There is an old story about a student minister who was sent to a small country village to preach a trial sermon. He did so and then decided to take a week off from his studies and have a holiday in that ... read more

  • Science and Theology (Karen Sloan) 14.4.2009
    Reading: John 20:19-31 I am doing a unit at Murdoch this semester focussing on science and theology. It has been extremely interesting, particularly to see how the relationship between the two has developed over time, and in response to moder ... read more

  • The foolishness of God (Jim Malcolm) 5.4.2009
    Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Mark 11:1-11 `Gods foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and Gods weakness is stronger than human strength.` Those words from First Corinthians struck me five weeks ago when they were par ... read more

  • What is the key to it all? (Revd Gemmel Sherwood) 29.3.2009
    Readings: Jeremiah 31: 27-34; John 12:20-33 Barack Obama said in 2004: There is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America. Theres a United States of America. It was a signature statement. He had his name written on ... read more

  • John 3:16 (Revd Neville Watson) 22.3.2009
    Reading: John 3:16 The words we have just heard constitute for me some of the most important words in the bible but not in the way they are usually presented and interpreted. They way they are usually presented is that all we have to do ... read more

  • The Call to Non Violence (Karen Sloan) 8.3.2009
    After Neville`s call to see Grand Torino as part of our Lenten devotions, I would just like to ask, by a show of hands, how many people have seen the movie. The last time I gave a service I focussed on the movies, and what movies can tell us about ... read more

  • the kingdom of God has come near (Revd Ken Williams) 1.3.2009
    Readings: Genesis 9: 8-17; Psalm 25: 1-10;1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1: 9-15 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We have come to the first Sunday in Lent a season of special spiritual disciplines for a smal ... read more

  • Who sez? (Jim Malcolm) 1.2.2009
    Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 The last couple of months havent been a good time for me. At the beginning of December I contracted a bout of the shingles, and it has taught me a lot. I used to think that ch ... read more

  • Follow Jesus (Terry Quinn) 25.1.2009
    Readings: Jonah 3:1-5; Mark 1:14-20 These are two readings which both have an important story to tell us and I`d like to talk briefly about each one. The Jonah story Reminds us that we all struggle to understand the God we follow ... read more

  • Christmas Simplified (Revd David Robinson) 4.1.2009
    Readings John 1:1-14; Ephesians 1:3-14 1. I wonder what sort of Christmas celebrations there would be if we only had the two Gospels instead of 4? Im thinking of having Mark and John only. It would certainly mean that most if not all of ... read more

  • What do we celebrate? (Revd Neville Watson) 25.12.2008
    Christmas is the central time for celebration within our community Celebration is what Christmas is about. All normal activities cease on Christmas Eve and are on hold in the week following Christmas day. It is the major gift giving time of the year ... read more

  • Sustainable Living (Kirsten Lambert) 14.12.2008
    Reading: Isaiah 61:1-7 Todays bible reading from Isaiah is one of my favourites and its obviously one of Jesus too because its the one he is reported to have read aloud in the synagogue. Its about the Messiah, the servant of God who has ... read more

  • The Hope of Advent (Karen Sloan) 7.12.2008
    Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 As I said at the beginning of the service, I have just finished reading the autobiography of Dr Chris O`Brien. For those of you who don`t watch RPA on telly, he is one of this country`s l ... read more

  • The Menu is not the Meal (Revd Neville Watson) 23.11.2008
    Experiencing God In our quest for a contemporary faith I have spoken about God and I have spoken about Jesus. I have suggested that we should cease using language and metaphors of the first century. Expressions like 'heavenly father' may have been ... read more

  • Talents - A 60 Second Sermon (Revd Neville Watson) 16.11.2008
    The Parable of the Talents is perhaps the most misunderstood parable of all. To read it as an endorsement of establishment economics and present day hedge funds is to miss the point completely. The third guy is a whistle blower. He spells out hi ... read more

  • Being Fully Alive (Revd Neville Watson) 26.10.2008
    Last month I was speaking about God. Today I will be speaking about Jesus. But before I do this let me remind you of the story line so far. My concern in this series of sermons is that we should update our language of God, that in speaking about God ... read more

  • The Two Big Stories (Terry Quinn) 5.10.2008
    Readings: Psalm 33; James 2:14-26; Mark 14:22-31 Were in a storm, were going to get wet but we wont sink. Malcolm Turnbull. This week we have read and heard much about the financial crisis. The market economy is going through its passi ... read more

  • Speaking of God (Revd Neville Watson) 28.9.2008
    The question 'Do you believe in God?' has an obvious and simple answer: 'It depends what you mean by the word God.' If you mean a superhuman being sitting in heaven controlling the weather and determining whether I shall go to heaven or hell, then I ... read more

  • How many times? (Cynthia Brown) 14.9.2008
    Matthew 18:21-35; Romans 14:1-12 Hamas Leader`s son renounces Islam. Did you see that headline in the paper a couple of weeks ago? Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of Hamas, arrived in the United States 18 months ago and converted t ... read more

  • If God is love . . . (Jim Malcolm) 7.9.2008
    Readings: Exodus 12:1-14; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20; Psalm 149 When I first looked at the readings set for today I was challenged. `How can I make sense of this lot?` I asked myself. So I called for reinforcements. A group of friends was gath ... read more

  • Best Ever Speeches (Karen Sloan) 31.8.2008
    The ABC some months ago ran a competition to determine the best ever speeches. The speeches could come from any era and have been given either here or overseas. It is not surprising really that the one voted the greatest speech ever was delivered by ... read more

  • Who do you say I am? (Revd Neville Watson) 24.8.2008
    Readings: Exodus 3:1-15; Matthew 16:13-20 The Burning Bush In the Old Testament (Exodus 3) is found that superb story of Moses looking after sheep near Mt Horeb when he notices a bush which, although burning, is not consumed. The sy ... read more

  • Not a Bad Day (Revd Neville Watson) 17.8.2008
    Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 Some have suggested that Jesus was having a bad day. We all have bad days. Some of us even have bad Sundays. It is an interesting thought but I doubt if this is what this passage is about. It is rather a graphic unforgett ... read more

  • Exclusion and Embrace (Elaine Ledgerwood) 3.8.2008
    Matthew 14:13-21 I was recently reading Miroslav Volfs Exclusion and Embrace, the Preface of which starts: After I finished my lecture Professor Jurgen Motlmann stood up and asked one of his typical questions, both concrete and penetrati ... read more

  • Home Thoughts from Abroad (Revd Neville Watson) 27.7.2008
    I have entitled this mornings sermon 'Home Thoughts from Abroad'. It is not intended to be a travelogue although there will of necessity be a recounting of our travels. What I would like to do is to share with you some of the theological insights ... read more

  • Standard Operating Procedure (Kirsten Lambert) 13.7.2008
    Romans 8:1-11 is one of those passages that is almost too well known. I find really difficult to read because I just tune out. As someone once said of Shakespeares Hamlet, it is full of quotations. Liturgies and prayers and thousands of ser ... read more

  • There goes my everything! (Jim Malcolm) 29.6.2008
    Readings: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42. Two weeks ago Sandy and I attended the Anglican Church in Dongara and listened to a sermon from our son, Matt, the local Anglican rector, about giving. It was special for us in ... read more

  • The enduring summons of Jesus (Terry Quinn) 22.6.2008
    Reading: Matthew 10:24-39 Robert Frost Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must ... read more

  • What do we regard as a miracle? (Karen Sloan) 15.6.2008
    Reading: Matthew 9:34-10:8 Just what do we regard as a miracle? Is it when a community seeks out and engages someone lonely and isolated with love and compassion? Is it when a mother forgives the drunk driver who killed her beloved daug ... read more

  • Heroes (Kirsten Lambert) 8.6.2008
    Readings: Matt 9: 9-13, 18-26; Gen 12:1-9; Romans 4:13-25 Have you ever noticed how when Hollywood attempts to film any of the biblical stories they cant help but turn the characters into your typical heroes? In movies like The Greatest Story ev ... read more

  • A portrait of Jesus (Revd Prof Bill Loader) 1.6.2008
    Reading: Matthew 7:21-29 In this passage we reach the climax of Jesus` first public address. The author of the Gospel according to Matthew paints his portrait of Jesus in a way that brings his importance home to his local congregations. The result ... read more

  • Into the Needle`s Eye (Revd Neville Watson) 25.5.2008
    Reading: Matthew 6: 24-34 Money is a crucial issue in the scriptures. There is more about money in the New Testament than any other subject than the Kingdom of God, and even then (as in our passage today) the two of them are linked together. When ... read more

  • Have you eaten? (Elaine Ledgerwood) 13.4.2008
    Have you eaten? To our western ears, this is such a strange way to start a conversation. We live in a world of diets and weight loss, so while it is possible that a person hasnt eaten, it tends to be out of choice. In India, Have you eaten? i ... read more

  • Resuscitation vs Resurrection (Revd David Robinson) 6.4.2008
    Readings: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41, Luke 24: 13-35 Over the Easter period the media shows a lot of interest in what the Churches are doing and saying and especially if the views expressed are at all controversial. The Anglican Dean of Perth, Dr Shepp ... read more

  • The Triumph of Love (Kirsten Lambert) 30.3.2008
    Reading: John 20:19-31 When I first read the verses that I had to preach on for today, it made me laugh. How ironic that I had to preach on doubting Thomas and the resurrection. Over the years Im sure Ive believed pretty much everything one can b ... read more

  • History is His Story (Revd Neville Watson) 23.3.2008
    Reading: Matthew 28:1-10 A few weeks ago Elva mentioned that she had found a sermon of mine that I preached ten years ago. I was somewhat flattered to think that for some reason or other someone had a ten year old sermon of mine. Elva wondered wheth ... read more

  • Palm Sunday (Revd Neville Watson) 16.3.2008
    What a day it was! It was one of the most important events in the life of Jesus. Am I exaggerating? No, providing you recognise its context in the story. The story so far Jesus lived in Palestine on the Mediterranean Sea. The geography o ... read more

  • Fullness of Life (Karen Sloan) 9.3.2008
    Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11: 1-45 I read an article the other week, which profoundly moved me and gave me a small insight into the human condition. It comes from a little column that appears weekly in the Weekend Australian and is tit ... read more

  • Blindness of the Heart (Terry Quinn) 2.3.2008
    Readings: John 9: 1-41 One of the fundamental causes of human suffering, of every kind of violence, of every injustice and every sin, is blindness not physical blindness, but blindness of the spirit, blindness of the heart, as the Bible calls it. ... read more

  • Thinking about Dying? (Revd Neville Watson) 24.2.2008
    I want today to preach a sermon on death and the afterlife. If you want a text it would be the words that we have heard and will increasingly hear in the near future the words of committal heard in almost every funeral service: Ashes to ashes, dus ... read more

  • Where the Devil Did Evil Come From? (Jim Malcolm) 10.2.2008
    Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 After a story like that it is tempting to say What a load of rubbish! and preach on one of the other readings. But Rabbi Harold Kushner in his book How good do we have to be has some words that challenge that approach. ... read more

  • Mountains (Revd David Robinson) 4.2.2008
    Readings: 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17: 1-9 The Theme for the service today is `Mountains`. We dont have many in or around Perth but in some countries they are the dominant feature of the landscape. It would be hard to imagine Switzerland without ... read more

  • Reflection (Elaine Ledgerwood) 27.1.2008
    Well, it was Australia Day yesterday, how was it? [Get some feedback about what various people were doing on the day fireworks, BBQ, beach etc interrupted with a person coming in with a flag and claiming the land for the kingdom of God] Re ... read more

  • Trees and Weeds (Pastor Karen Sloan) ..
    Reading: Mark 4:26-34, Matt 13:31-2

    I was catching up with Leanne Watson some months ago, and we were discussing our home offices and our propensity for having messy ones. I won the award for the messiest one when we compared photos of th ... read more

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Ten kilometres northwest of Perth city centre,
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