This is the podcast for St Luke's Church, Holbeck. We are a diverse Anglican church in the city of Leeds. Birthed during the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are reaching out to the community worshiping God in their homes. We hope this podcast will encourage and inspire, console and comfort, while leading us all into more of God's truth and wisdom, found in Jesus. We also want people to wash their hands more!
Barbara Hardy, Reader at St Luke's, preaches on Matthew 28:16-20 on Sunday 7 June 2020, which was Trinity Sunday. This is often seen as the sermon preachers want to avoid, but Barbara (on limited time due to the online nature of the sermon) delivers a brilliant summary of the different aspects of the three persons of the Trinity. Barbara turns to Paul's prayer of blessing in 2 Corinthians 13 and elaborates on how God is grace, love and fellowship - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The reading was given by Sue Richardson.
Barbara, Emily and Josh chat about Rolf's sermon from 31 May, Pentecost. The reading was Acts 2:1-21 with lots of fun place names and races! This discussion came amidst the protests and demonstrations across the world in response to the murder of George Floyd, which Rolf picked up in his sermon. After Emily offers a summary of the sermon the team consider the need to be one in Christ, the way crowds are seen by Jesus, how they've made connections to other Christians in the past, what Jesus might do in the current climate, and the real focus of Pentecost - is it about Jesus or the Holy Spirit. The team are honest about the fact that though St Luke's is a diverse church the three contributors are all white and therefore their contribution to the wider debate around race is limited, though it does open up an opportunity to listen, to learn and prayerfully consider what ways we can intervene.
Rolf Mason, Curate at St Luke's, preaches on Pentecost 2020, 31 May, based on the reading from Acts 2:1-21. This sermon came amidst the protests and riots in the USA, which had begun to spread to other countries. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been described as murder. This sermon picks up the universal nature of the gospel - the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus, was poured out on all people. There is no place for racism in the church or amongst Christians. Pentecost is also a day chosen by God because of its relationship to harvest and the law - things Jesus talked about.
The service also included a self-penned monologue by our Reader, Barbara Hardy, read from the perspective of Peter.
Al Kaye preached on John 17:9-11, 20-23 on 24 May, and Rolf chats about the wider context of John 17:1-11 and the themes of ascension, glory, return and prayer. Jesus is showing us a pastoral prayer, praying not only for his own disciples but those who would come to faith in the future - someone like you!
Alistair Kaye, Vicar of St Luke's, preaches on John 17:9-11,20-23 on the seventh Sunday of Easter. This is the Sunday between Ascension Day (Thursday 21 May) and Pentecost (31 May). Al preached this on Sunday 24 May 2020. He had asked children from St Luke's to send in pictures of the disciples which had been shown on a slideshow as part of our online service. Alistair preaches about unity and the way God calls us into his family. He reflects on Jesus' prayer in John 17 and the strange fact he doesn't ask for his followers to agree but to be united in love. He goes on to explore the place of prayer in our life together. The reading is by Olu Adenkule.
Rolf Mason, Curate at St Luke's, preaches on John 14:15-21 on Sunday 17 May 2020. He examines the way Jesus addresses our sense of hopelessness and fear. He also notes that thought this is taken from the teaching Jesus gives on the last night of his life, he chooses to teach the disciples about the nature of God - that God is Trinity. Within this there is the theme of Ascension too, where Jesus refers to returning to his Father - from where he will ask for the Spirit to be poured on us. The reading is given by Barbara Hardy.
Jean-Louis Péchèr, Planting Curate at St Luke's, preaches on John 14:1-14 on Sunday 10 May 2020. He explores the mercy of Jesus in his compassionate response to the disciples' fear and questions. Jesus, Jean-Louis teaches, wants to be with you, and yet we have to choose to want to be with Jesus. Daniel Owusu reads the passage for us.
Emily, Josh and Rolf discuss Barbara's sermon from 3 May. The reading was John 10:1-11 and in her sermon Barbara talked about Jesus as both the shepherd (who knows the sheep) and the lamb (one who knows what it is like to be a sheep). She explored the idea of knowing the shepherd's voice. In their discussion the team debate whether it's possible to be an individual Christian, what community looks like in lockdown, how to know Jesus' voice, who moved first shepherd or sheep, and how to live in light of all this. Please do get in touch if you find this helpful, or to tell us your thoughts.
Barbara Hardy, Reader at St Luke's, preaches on John 10:1-11 on Sunday 3 May 2020. She explores the role and importance of being a Shepherd, but also suggests that in this season of lockdown we can also be comforted by the knowledge that Jesus is not just shepherd but also a sheep. Josh Barwick reads the passage for us.
Taking inspiration from Alistair Kate’s sermon on 26 April, Rolf spends some time chewing over some reasons why the two travellers on the Road to Emmaus couldn’t recognise Jesus. Was it grief? Was it the dramatic change in Jesus? Or is something deeper at work? And how does The Lord of the Rings fit into this??
Alistair Kaye preaches on Luke 24:13-35, focusing on verse 27 on Sunday 26 April 2020. In this sermon Al suggests some questions to ponder and the importance of Scripture. The passage is read to us by Barbara Hardy.
Josh, Emily and Barbara discuss Rolf's sermon from 19 April. The reading was John 20:19-31 and in his sermon Rolf spoke about Jesus as the one who brings life, bears scars and breathes peace. This discussion explores these ideas and the practical outworking of seeking the Peace of Christ.
Rolf Mason preaches on John 20:19-31 (well actually just verses 19-20) on Sunday 19 April 2020 during our live-streamed service amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. In this sermon he explains some of the significance of the resurrection. Do you know that Jesus came to bring life? That he died for you? And wants to bring peace into your life?
The reading is by Barbara Hardy
In a special episode on Holy Saturday, 11 April, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Rolf reads chapter 10 from Pete Greig's book 'God on Mute.' It explores the silence of God concluding, “we may experience the chaos of premature funerals, the inner turmoil endured privately by Mother Teresa,or even the public dereliction of faith suffered by Elie Wiesel in Auschwitz, but God does not leave us alone.”
In this episode, Emily, Josh and Rolf plus new contributor Barbara discuss Mark Hodgkinson’s sermon on Matthew 21:1-11. They discuss Pilate and Jesus entering Jerusalem, allegiances, extra-Biblical sources and where did it all go wrong in Holy Week.
Mark Hodgkinson preaches on Matthew 21:1-11 on Sunday 5 April as part of our live-streamed service. In this sermon, Mark introduces us to the idea of an alternative march into Jerusalem that presents a profound question about our allegiances.
In this episode Emily, Josh and Rolf discuss the story from John 11 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In the current pandemic crisis, the trio focus on the experiences and characters of Martha and Mary as they face the shock and sorrow of their brother's death.
In the conversation they consider:
How they are (0:00)
the sermon and the passage (1:11)
the crisis we're in and how it relates: how do we keep faith? (6:17)
the honesty of the Bible: raw emotions and responses to grief (8:34)
Jesus response and our response (16:22)
what impact this passage has on our lives (23:09)
The podcast ends with Emily praying for us (25:42)
The sermon preached by Alistair Kaye on Sunday 29 March 2020
Reading is John 11:17-27, 38-44
In this sermon, Al considers the power of life, even in the face of death and uncertainty. Jesus responds to the request of friends to heal his friend, Lazarus, in the most unexpected way, declaring that he is the resurrection and the life.
In our first full podcast we consider the story of Jesus healing the blind man in John 9.
In our discussion, Rolf, Emily and Josh considered:
what this podcast is for (1:06)
Jesus' openness to questions and our inquisitiveness (7:08)
Jesus attitude to sin in society (12:18)
Jesus transforms the man but doesn't make his life free from pain (13:40)
where is the place for healing today and what moral questions might this raise (17:02)
the man's response is worship in response to the revelation of God's power (20:40)
practical ideas for how we might pray with more confidence (25:57)
The discussion ends with each person sharing a few prayer requests
Josh closes the podcast off with a prayer