Reflection 9 September

Mark 7:24-37 What do we hear the stranger saying? Sermon by Anne Stewart I wonder how many of you have had occasions where you have found yourselves in situations where you are up against it before you even begin, because of your gender, your race, your background, or...

Reflection 2 September

Luke 14:15-24 Generosity at The Wedding Feast Reflection by Mart the Rev Here’s a story I heard this week: A friend talked about a family who lived next door to her and how this family recently received the terrible news that their young child had a debilitating...

Reflection 19 August

Matt 21:23-32 & Phil  2:1-13 The shifting sands of authority Reflection by Mart the Rev What was church like when you were young?  If I was to ask you to think about church using the word ‘authority’ – what do you remember from when you were much younger?  Where did...

Reflection 29 July

John 6:1-21 Turning up and being willing to share, that’s how miracles happen. Reflection by Mart the Rev This year we are walking through most of the parables of Jesus and thinking about what they might have to say about how to do and be church.   Of course, the two...

Reflection 22 July

 || Luke 18:2-8 || a reflection by Dan Spragg While I was beginning my work on the sermon this week I noticed a little marker at the end of verse 5 in the parable indicating there was a footnote to be read. So, I went down the bottom to read the footnote and here is...

Reflection 15 July

Matthew 20:1-16 and Isaiah 40:3-8 Reflection by Anne Stewart Rumour has it that Martin has been preaching up a storm over the past couple of weeks, leaving me with a bit of work to do this morning if I am to try to live up to what he has been offering.  I just want to...

Reflection 8 July

Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man & Lazarus Reflection by Mart the Rev This is such a confronting parable.  When I first sat with it this week I wrote this prayer/poem thing: I want to hear.  I want to listen carefully and I want to listen deeply. I want to listen even if...

Reflection 1 July

Luke 16:1-9 & 10-15 Not everything is to be understood Reflection by Mart the Rev I started out preparing this reflection by typing these words: “This is the impossible parable! Avoid it!”  For nearly 30 years I have done exactly that.  But this year, as I prepared...

Reflection 24 June

 || Jeremiah 2:4-13 & Luke 14:1, 7-14 || The Rush for the Worst Seat A reflection by Dan Spragg You can imagine the scene can’t you? Jesus has just told this parable about having humility and being hospitable and then it begins… the mad scramble to take the worst seat...

Reflection 17 June

Luke 13:6-9 || Cultivating Grace & Opportunity A Reflection by Dan Spragg This is a picture of a rather large tree. It can be found in the town of Lahaina, on the Island of Maui, in Hawaii. It is a Banyan Tree – a sub species of the Fig. It was planted in 1873 after...