A Rising Star

In our festive pageantry at this time of the year, the star sits atop of every Christmas tree and appears in a dozen different carols. What’s it about? Three things. It’s about light. It’s about creation. And it’s about the Spirit. Graeme Garrett

By |2019-01-09T05:05:33+00:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pondering a New Year

What sort of questions might guide us into the new year? Mary can help. A reflection focussing on Mary's experience of Christmas Luke 1:28-33, 2:17-19, 41-52 This podcast summarised in these news stories (one & two) made me think of Mary.

By |2018-12-30T22:53:39+00:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Sermon|0 Comments

Christmas Today

When did Christmas happen and why should we care? A reflection on Luke 2:11 to you is born TODAY in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  Other references to "Today" in the Gospel of Luke: 4:21, 5:26, 13:33-34, 19:9-10, 22:61, 23:42-43 Altdorfer's Nativity:

By |2018-12-25T23:46:32+00:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: Sermon|0 Comments

Mary: Slave-girl of the Master

A reflection on Mary's encounter with the Angel Gabriel - Luke 1:26-38 I refer to the paper Gabriel’s Entrance and Biblical Violence in Luke’s Annunciation Narrative by Michael Pope in the Journal of Biblical Literature 137, no. 3 (2018) [$].  Warning: this reflection considers themes of sexual violence.

By |2018-12-18T00:03:48+00:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Sermon|0 Comments

Everyday Transformation

A reflection on John the Baptist's ministry in Luke 3:1-18. John calls for the transformation of the individual in readiness for the transformation of the world. What might that look like? I refer to this historical newspaper and this video clip.

By |2018-12-11T02:19:43+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Sermon|0 Comments