Monthly Archives: December 2015

Grant us peace

This evening we find ourselves at the threshold of all that Christmas anticipates. Our sight is therefore narrowly focused on the immediate. After all the waiting and the long journey, Mary and Joseph have finally arrived at the place of … Continue reading

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Courage and Joy

Last night, the hustle and bustle of getting ready, and anticipating the birth. Last night, the noise, the anxiety, the smelly stable, the animals, the shepherds, the chorus of heaven singing in the starry, silent night. “Joy to the world” … Continue reading

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Advent 4 – children’s sermon

We’re almost there! Less than a week until Christmas! Are you excited? I brought in this candle to show you, because it is special. At Christmas in worship we light lots of candles to show that Jesus is the light … Continue reading

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Advent 4 Eucharistic Prayer

We praise you gracious God That since the beginning your Word created all. You spoke to your people through the prophets. You prepared us for your coming in the One Jesus, who came to feed the hungry,  who promised to … Continue reading

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Bethlehem: house of bread

There’s only one problem with the nativity set. Do you notice? All the characters are in place and accounted-for.  But no stable. No barn. No shelter for the Christ-child, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and Magi. Not to mention all the … Continue reading

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A funeral sermon at Christmas

In these days leading to Christmas, Mary mother of Jesus figures prominently in the story-telling. Traditionally, Mary has been imagined by Christians as a passive, placid, sweet and quiet girl. Certainly she is portrayed like this in many a Sunday … Continue reading

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Moving on

After the recent shootings in Paris and California, the ongoing violence in Syria and Iraq displacing more refugees in 2015 than any other year in history since the Second World War, and what for some has been a personally difficult … Continue reading

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