Second Sunday after Pentecost
The Season after Pentecost is a time to reflect on God’s transforming presence, and our scriptures testify to a God who longs to lead us (and all of creation) into wholeness and peace. Yet it is not always easy to choose to follow God’s leading. In the readings for today, as Samuel Read...
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Trinity Sunday
We have an election on our horizon and who will we vote for? How do we make our choice? Bill Shorten made it clear, this week that he would give his vote to Hilary Clinton if he was in the US. From a distance I understand his thinking but, on what do Read...
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Pentecost
The well-known author and preacher Fred Craddock tells a rather funny story about a lecture he was giving: A few years ago, when he was on the west coast speaking at a seminary, just before the first lecture, one of the students stood up and said, “Before you speak, I need to know Read...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter
In I Corinthians, chapter 13, we are reminded that we can have every form of spiritual gift in the world, but if we don't have love, then we have nothing. And that's why it is so appropriate to talk about love on Mothers Day. Our mothers are usually our first source of love, Read...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter
REFLECTION FROM WORDS FOR WORSHIP There is an extraordinary image in our text for this week. A city whose gates are never closed in the daylight and where there is never any night. It is an image of openness and safety, a picture of welcome and radical hospitality. Ancient cities needed strong walls Read...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter
REFLECTION FROM WORDS FOR WORSHIP For people of our time and culture it is very easy to not pay enough attention to how world and mind shattering Peter’s experience in this week’s text actually was. Like any Jew of his time Peter’s whole identity was invested in his Jewishness and his Jewishness was Read...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter
REFLECTION FROM WORDS FOR WORSHIP Many of us know the Twenty-Third Psalm almost backwards it is so familiar to us. Perhaps, in our busy and frenetic world, its most poignant line is verse two, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters.” We know, almost intuitively, that Read...
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Third Sunday of Easter
It is so easy to get caught up in trivial interpretations of scripture and miss the point. Take a look at John 21:11: “Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.” Now, why in heaven’s name Read...
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Second Sunday of Easter
Three times in our text (John 20:19-31) Jesus says “peace be with you.” While we might read this as a habitual greeting in the same way we use “how are you,” without often meaning that we want to know exactly how a person is feeling physically, we can also read this greeting as Read...
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