God Is Prepared For Our Mess Ups

Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 and 1 Peter 3:18-22 (N.B. Genesis 9:8-17; and Psalm 25: 1-10 – Lent 1 Year B) Introduction and Summary John the Baptist, baptises Jesus; God and the Holy Spirit appear; Jesus then goes out into the wilderness to be tempted. John is imprisoned, Jesus begins his ministry and we hear his message: …

Everything I Have Is In Christ

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; and Matthew 21:33-46 (N.B. Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80: 7-15; and Philippians 3:4b-14 – Proper 22 Year A) Context.   Today’s scripture is: The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20); Praise for how God has made Himself gloriously known in nature, in the word and in history (Psalm 19); and Jesus gives …

And Now for Something Completely Different

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16 (N.B. Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Jonah 3:10 – 4:11; Psalm 145: 1-8; and Philippians 1:21-30- Proper 20 Year A) Introduction.   We’ve heard ‘The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard’.  In Matthew’s Gospel it comes right after Jesus meeting the rich young man, and just before Jesus reminding his followers that he …

Christian Duty

Scripture: Romans 13:7-14 (N.B. Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119: 33-40; and Matthew 18:15-20- Proper 18 Year A) Scripture Romans 13:7-14 [NIV] ‘Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. Let no debt remain outstanding, except …

There’s a Time and a Place

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20 (N.B. Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; and Romans 12:1-8 – Proper 16 Year A) Introduction.   Private worship, evangelism or service?  Scripture (Matthew 16:13-20).  ‘Who do people say I am?’; they say a precursor of the Christ. ‘Who do you say I am?’; Peter says ‘You are the Christ’. Meaning at the Time:   Jesus tells Peter that …

I Praise You Because I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (N.B. 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; and John 1:43-51 – Second Sunday After Epiphany Year B) Sermon on Psalm 139 Song Psalms, this is my favourite. Introduction to the Psalm. With respect to an individual person: Verses 1-6 describe the insight that God has; Verses 7-12 describe the oversight that God has; Verses …

Who Do I Think I Am? Who Do We Think We Are?

Scripture: Luke 2:42-52 and Colossians 3:12-17 (N.B. 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; and Psalm 148- also on the First Sunday After Christmas Year C) Aim.  To ask: “Who do I think I am? Who do we think we are?” It’s the Christmas holidays, a ‘family time’ we are told.   1. Things in the news recently: Statistics show …

Prepare the Way for the Lord

Scripture: (John the Baptist) “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” (Luke 3:4b). (N.B. Baruch 5:1-9; Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; and Luke 3:1-6 – also on the Second Sunday of Advent Year C). Aim: To explore what does means for us, today? 1. Intro Hark back to children’s address, it’s …

Science, Theology and Faith

Scripture: Luke 23:33-43 and Colossians 1:11-20 (N.B. Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; and Psalm 46 -also on Year C Proper 29/Reign of Christ) Introduction I spoke to the kids about the Northern Lights book by Phillip Pullman.  Pullman is an atheist and despises organised religion.  When I started reading his books, I was puzzled by his criticisms – …

The Proper Use of Money

Scripture: Luke 16:1-13 (N.B. Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; and 1 Timothy 2:1-7- also on Year C Proper 20) Aim: To discuss how Jesus commends Christians to use their money. The Parable of the Shrewd Manager.  We could be confused by this story and the sayings afterwards, so a quick resume: We don’t …

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