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
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 I’m sure I’ve 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.
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