Sermons

The heart and the spirit also hunger

“THE HEART AND THE SPIRIT ALSO HUNGER” Pentecost 10, 2021, Year B Vincent van Gogh visited a museum in Amsterdam in order to see Rembrandt’s famous painting, ‘The Jewish Bride’. Having seen it for a brief time he said “I…

Feeding the 5000

Pentecost 9, 2021 (Year B) John 6:1-21 – Feeding the 5000 The River Jordan flows into the north end of the Sea of Galilee and two miles up the river was a village now long lost called Bethsaida Julias and…

The Hermit of Bribie Island

“THE HERMIT OF BRIBIE ISLAND” Pentecost 8   Year B      Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Some years ago I watched a documentary on TV about the “Hermit of Bribie Island” – the artist Ian Fairweather. As a child in the 1960’s, I grew…

Your hands are my hands

“YOUR HANDS ARE MY HANDS” Pentecost 7   (Ord 15)    2021   Year B Mk 6:14-29 The gospel reading for this day is set in the context of the sending out the disciples and the feeding of the five thousand; and Mark intentionally…

Being the Prophet

“BEING THE PROPHET” Pentecost 6  (Ord 14)    2021    Year B Mark 6:1-13  A traveling circus was staying on the outskirts of a village. One evening, shortly before show time, a fire broke out in one of the tents. The manager sent…

Two Healings

“TWO HEALINGS”   Pente 5  (Ord 13)    2021    Year B    Mark 5:21-43 In today’s Gospel we have an account of two miracles; the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage and the healing of daughter of Jairus.  Both miracles are signs…

Be Still

“BE STILL” – Pentecost 4  (Ordinary 12)    2021    Year B 1 Sam 17:32-34;            Psa 133;           2 Cor 6:1-13;            Mark 4:35-41 William Barclay the Scottish Biblical Commentator, wrote that Lake Galilee was notorious for its fierce storms which literally come out…

“QUESTIONS?”

“QUESTIONS?” Sunday 27 September 2020 Jesus is sometimes referred to as Rabbi, so it is no surprise that he uses the rabbinic technique of asking questions in order to teach. The opening question, addressed to the chief priests and elders…

“MATTHEW”

“MATTHEW” Sunday 20 September 2020 Don’t you think it is a peculiar expression – patronal feast. It’s not something that runs off the tongues of most Australians very easily. But it is not an expression that should be totally unfamiliar…

“FORGIVENESS”

“FORGIVENESS” Sunday 13 September 2020 I’m sure that many of you can remember the coordinated bombings on the public transport system in London on 7 July 2005. They remain in my memory because my mother and sister were on holiday…