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 haven’t 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? I’m 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
Today’s bible reading from Isaiah is one of my favourites and it’s obviously one of Jesus’ too because it’s the one he is reported to have read aloud in the synagogue. It’s 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
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
We’re in a storm, we’re going to get wet but we won’t 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 Volf’s 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 morning’s 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 Shakespeare’s 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 can’t 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 hasn’t eaten, it tends to be out of choice.
In India, ‘Have you eaten?’ i ... read more
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