John's retelling of Jesus clearing the temple represents a total shift in understanding the centre of the universe and the experience of God. in the sermon I refer to the painting, Christ Overturning the Money Changers’ Table, 1921, by Stanley Spencer. you can find it online.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!)
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...
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?
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.
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.
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...