Sermons from Clayton Wesley

Sermons from Clayton Wesley

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Weekly sermons from Paul Turley at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church in Adelaide, South Australia
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Sermon 9 August 2020
Jesus walks on the sea; Peter walks on water. What’s the difference? And what was Peter doing?
17:13
August 9, 2020
Sermon 2 August 2020
What can we take from Jesus feeding the 5000? In what ways are we fed in this story?
15:08
August 2, 2020
Sermon 26 July 2020
Jesus’s short parables of the kingdom, what do they have in common?
16:55
July 26, 2020
Sermon 19 July 2020
What to do about evil? The parable of the weeds and the wheat 
18:06
July 19, 2020
Sermon 12 July 2020
The Parable of the Sower. What does it mean that the seed is sown everywhere?
17:11
July 12, 2020
Sermon 5 July 2020
In this week's text Jesus, in a counter-cultural move, invites us to rest
16:22
July 5, 2020
Sermon 28 June 2020
What does it mean to welcome God?
14:07
June 28, 2020
Sermon 21 June 2020
Do you hate your parents? Jesus said you should. Or, maybe he was saying something else...
11:46
June 21, 2020
Sermon June 14 2020
The reading for this week is Matthew 9:35-10:8 Jesus sending out the twelve disciples 
08:27
June 14, 2020
Sermon June 7 2020
A short reflection (we’ve returned to public worship in a limited and very short service this week) on the trinity for Trinity Sunday.
08:36
June 7, 2020
Sermon May 31 2020
It is Pentecost. Happy Birthday! Let's have a bit of a look at some of what it means to be Church 
14:15
May 30, 2020
Sermon May 24 2020
The last Sunday of Easter 2020 and the last words of Jesus in John's Gospel. What does Jesus want for his disciples? He wants them, and us, to know God. 
16:18
May 23, 2020
Sermon May 17 2020
In the third quarter of the Gospel of John, Jesus continues to invite his followers into his abundant, grace-filled life and world-view. 
15:54
May 16, 2020
Bonus episode May 10 2020
Jesus said, 'I will do whatever you ask in my name.' what are we to do with this strange and unsettling statement?
15:24
May 9, 2020
Sermon May 10 2020
What does Jesus mean when he says, 'I am the way, and the truth and the life'? What does it mean to live in the way?
20:40
May 9, 2020
Sermon May 3 2020
Where are used to Jesus as the Good Shepherd, in this week's text he calls himself the gate. We explore that a little.
17:21
May 2, 2020
Sermon April 26 2020
Hope is hard to abandon. That is the experience of the disciple on the road to Emmaus in this week's text
16:29
April 25, 2020
Sermon April 19 2020
This week we have the story of Thomas’s encounter with Jesus. Sometimes called doubting Thomas, as if doubt were a bad thing!
15:53
April 18, 2020
Sermon April 12 2020
It is Easter Day 2020 and once more we are invited to look at one of the strangest gospel stories of all; Jesus resurrection. Today’s sermon, in the midst of our strange lives at the moment, invites us to sit with the strangeness of the story and let it reveal its self to us.
20:34
April 11, 2020
Sermon April 5 2020
It is Palm Sunday and we have the extraordinary story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. This brave move offers a direct challenge to the world view of Rome and a glimpse of the world that Jesus believes God is bringing into existence. 
14:12
April 4, 2020
Sermon March 29 2020
How should we understand the story of Lazarus? And why does Jesus say those who believe will not die?
21:30
March 28, 2020
Sermon March 22 2020
The story of the man born blind whom Jesus heals with a mud pack (John chapter 9) is a story about how we can see and not see all at the same time. 
14:56
March 22, 2020
Sermon March 15 2020
In the story of the woman at the well, what did Jesus mean when he said, God is spirit?
15:40
March 15, 2020
Sermon March 1 2020
What better reading first Sunday of Lent than one of the origin stories from the book of Genesis. And a look at the question, what was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
17:53
March 1, 2020
Sermon February 23 2020
How can the gospel story we call the Transfiguration have meaning for us today?
17:01
February 23, 2020
Sermon February 16 2020
The last part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus taels about things that don't seem to have much relevance to us 2000 years later but perhaps we can see behind some of cultural specifics to things that are true for all times
23:10
February 16, 2020
Sermon February 9 2020
Part two of the Beatitudes and so thoughts on being salt of the earth and light of the world 
19:45
February 10, 2020
Sermon February 2 2020
The Beatitudes are not a list of things you must get right but an insight into Jesus' radically different view of the world of of people
18:47
February 2, 2020
Sermon January 26 2020
Australia Day. It's complicated. Except that, according to Matthew 25, its really not
16:06
January 26, 2020
Sermon January 19 2020
At our place on Sunday we had a service made up entirely of music. Classical, roots, Jazz and more. So, it was only right that the sermon should be music too. This is Water Into Wine by Bruce Cockburn. It is an interpretation in music of Jesus' first miracle in the Gospel of John where he turned water into wine at a wedding. 
05:33
January 21, 2020
Sermon January 12 2020
Why was Jesus baptised? There are all kinds of ways into this question. Here is one
19:37
January 12, 2020
Sermon January 5 2020
Luke's Gospel tells the Christmas story with Mary and shepherds, Matthew's Gospel tells it with Joseph and wise visitors. John's Gospel begins the Christmas story with the word logos... 
14:12
January 5, 2020
Sermon December 29 2019
Matthew is telling us about a whole different kind of power in his ending to the Christmas story 
14:32
December 29, 2019
Sermon Christmas Day 2019
The three wise men.Were they men? Probably. Were there three? who knows? Were they wise? Let's see.
12:37
December 25, 2019
Sermon December 22 2019
Joseph is a bit player in the Jesus story except at the very beginning. It is his decision to listen to his dream and rethink how to experience what looked for all the world like disaster that changed everything.
15:03
December 22, 2019
Sermon December 15 2019
Mary's song and John the Baptist's question from prison are both readings for this week. An Advent of hope and doubt. An Advent of possibility.
14:44
December 15, 2019
Sermon December 8 2019
John the Baptist calls us to repent. Why? Because the world is changing. How? by letting go and clearing stuff out. A good idea just before Christmas!
15:55
December 8, 2019
Sermon December 1 2019
This week is the first week of Advent, the beginning of the church year. So why, in what should be a time of expectant waiting, do we have a reading about he end of the world? (sorry there was no sermon up for November 24, I had a Sunday off!)
13:34
December 1, 2019
Sermon November 17 2019
The reading is parts of Luke's apocalypse. How did the people of Jesus time have hope after the destruction of Jerusalem? How do we have hope in the face of the existential threat of climate change?
15:26
November 17, 2019
Sermon November 10 2019
Seven brides for seven brothers? Try one bride for seven brothers. Jesus deals with a hypothetical about what happens after death. It's not clear what Jesus thinks happens but there might be a few clues in his response... 
18:16
November 10, 2019
Sermon November 3 2019
A life of grace and the story of Zacchaeus
12:32
November 3, 2019
Sermon 27 October 2019
I wasn't preaching on the 27th so here's one I prepared earlier. Its from about this time last year and looks at the story of Bartimaeus
15:53
October 28, 2019
Sermon October 20 2019
Another reading from Luke, the upside down gospel. What does an upside down reading of the parable of the widows and the unjust judge offer us?
16:27
October 20, 2019
Sermon 13 October 2019
I wasn't preaching on Sunday, so here's one I prepared earlier. it's from about this time last year and it's about Jesus and his comments on divorce.
19:05
October 15, 2019
Sermon October 6 2019
Who would invite a slave to sit and be served? No one? Except we are reading Luke, the gospel that turns the world upside down...
13:22
October 6, 2019
Sermon September 29 2019
The cracking story of the rich man and Lazarus and what it means to really live!
18:40
September 29, 2019
Sermon 22 September 2019
Looking at the first letter to Timothy and what it means to pray for everyone
19:29
September 22, 2019
Sermon 15 September 2019
The lost sheep and the lost coin, another couple of stories where Luke's gospel upends the way we run the world.
16:10
September 15, 2019
Sermon September 8 2019
Unless you hate your folks, give away all your possessions and carry a cross, you can't be a disciple of Jesus. Seems pretty straightforward. If we're not planning on doing these things what does that mean for the rest of us?
17:39
September 8, 2019
Sermon 1 September 2019
Luke gives us a story (Luke 14:1, 7-14) about who to invite and who not to invite to dinner. What sense can we make of it today?
17:32
September 1, 2019
Sermon 25 August 2019
What was the significance of Jesus healing a woman on the sabbath?
17:09
August 25, 2019
Sermon 18 August 2019
What did Jesus mean when he said that he didn't come to bring peace to the earth?
18:52
August 18, 2019
Sermon 11 August 2019
What might Jesus have meant when he says in Luke that we should expect the unexpected?
20:24
August 11, 2019
Sermon 4 August 2019
We explore a passage from the ancient book of Deuteronomy and see how it relevant to our situation nearly 3000 years later
20:18
August 4, 2019
Sermon 28 July 2019
What did Jesus mean us to do when he taught us to pray? What does it mean that all who ask will receive?
19:48
July 28, 2019
Sermon 21 July 2019
If one way of reading the Gospel of Luke is as a discipleship manual, what can this little story of Mary and Martha teach us?
18:05
July 21, 2019
Sermon 14 July 2019
A reading of the story of the Samaritan as an exploration of how to respond to existential fear and pain 
22:28
July 14, 2019
Sermon 7 July 2019
Jesus sent disciples out from town to town, house to house. But that was first century Palestine, what does that mean for disciples today? 
18:25
July 7, 2019
Sermon 30 June 2019
We are free but we don't always live like we are. Paul's letter to the Galatians invites us to see freedom as a experience of interconnectedness 
25:30
June 30, 2019
Sermon 23 June 2019
Jesus, Legion, the man, the pigs. What are we to make of it all?
18:23
June 23, 2019
Sermon 16 June 2016
At a time when we are talking about fake news, alternative facts and truthiness, what did Jesus mean when he talked about the Spirit of truth?
17:50
June 17, 2019
Sermon 9 June 2019
It is Pentecost Sunday and the disciples begin to understand their relation to god in newer and deeper ways 
15:22
June 9, 2019
Sermon 2 June 2019
Last week of the Easter season and Jesus is praying that his disciples and all who follow might be one. What did he mean?
15:34
June 2, 2019
Sermon 26 May 2019
We're still in the Easter season, still unpacking the incarnation and the resurrection. This time through the lens of John 14:23-29 BONUS! following the sermon, The Spire Quartet singing an ancient Icelandic hymn.
25:20
May 26, 2019
Sermon 19 May 2019
What does the world 'glory' mean in John's gospel? And what about the meaning of 'love'? how can we experience these terms when we are so used to hearing them over and over? What does it mean to love?
16:12
May 19, 2019
Sermon 12 May 2019
What does Jesus mean when he says that he and the Father are one?
13:30
May 12, 2019
Sermon 5 May 2019
I wasn't preaching on the 5th. Here's a sermon from back in October of 2018 when we baptised a little fella and looked at what greatness is according to Jesus 
12:30
May 6, 2019
Sermon 28 April 2019
Every year, on the Sunday following Easter Sunday, we hear the story of Thomas and his demand to experience the resurrection for himself. What does it mean for us to experience the risen Christ?
15:37
April 28, 2019
Sermon 21 April 2019
It's Easter, we need to talk about the story of the resurrection
16:10
April 21, 2019
Sermon 14 April 2019
It’s Palm Sunday, it’s Passion Sunday. Jesus wasn’t offering an alternative to the power of Rome, he was offering an alternative to power itself.
18:19
April 14, 2019
Sermon 4 April 2019
It's all about Mary and the expensive perfume she pours on Jesus. It's about living in reality not fantasy. It's about living with death and renewal. BONUS! at the end of the sermon, hear The Spire Quartet sing Ave Maria by Barrows.
23:11
April 7, 2019
Sermon 31 March 2019
The Prodigal Son, The Lost Son, The Lost Sons, take your pick!
19:57
March 31, 2019
Sermon 24 March 2019
Does everything happen for a reason? Not according to Jesus 
19:00
March 24, 2019
Sermon 17 March 2019
The reading this week is from near the end of Paul's letter to the Philippians. Paul makes the outrageous and dangerous claim that those he is writing to are citizens not of Rome but of heaven...
12:31
March 17, 2019
Sermon 10 March 2019
I wasn't at worship on Sunday March 10, so here's one I prepared earlier. It works for the beginning of Lent I think. It's from November of 2018 and the reading is from John 18 when Jesus is before Pilate and Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king...
15:48
March 11, 2019
Sermon 3 March 2019
It's Transfiguration Sunday. What are we to make of this experience/vision/event? 
15:41
March 3, 2019
Sermon 24 February 2019
The resurrection and the Big Bang, a way of thinking about them together 
13:38
February 24, 2019
Sermon 17 February 2019
What do we do with the resurrection? Is it something to be believed or somehow lived?
15:52
February 18, 2019
Sermon 10 February 2019
Jesus calling the disciples and the Hero Journey 
18:51
February 18, 2019