Life with Christ: sermon for 31 July 2016

Scripture Readings:

Colossians 3: 1-11

Luke 12: 13-21

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Since I have been on holiday, the news seems to be dominated with stories of sudden, unexpected deaths. Shootings, stabbings, an attempted in kidnaping in England, even driving a truck into a crowd- terrorism has been seen in many forms in Europe in recent weeks, and it is unsettling for us. Continue reading

Anyone can fish!- a sermon on Luke 5.1-11

This is the first in a sermon series The Genius of Jesus

Scripture Reading: Luke 5.1-11

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Genius 1 Encouraging Potential Image TitleLet me take you, in your imagination, to Lake Gennesaret- another name for the Sea of Galilee, the inland lake in the north of Israel which makes up part of the Jordan river valley. We walk down from the fertile farming country of Galilee to the lake, which lies in a depression in the landscape. It is almost 700 feet below sea level (but because the River Jordan runs through it, it’s not salty like the Dead Sea to the south). Because the lake is so low, and surrounded by high mountains, the lake is prone to sudden, violent storms. But there are a number of large towns on the lakeside, for the Lake Galilee is famous for its fishing (salted fish are exported around the Roman Empire). Continue reading

Getting Wet: a sermon for Sunday 11 January 2015 (The Baptism of the Lord)

SERMON

Text: Matthew 3.1-17

Getting wet

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Surely one of the worst things that could possibly happen to someone is to be arrested for a crime you haven’t committed. Bad enough that you might spend years in jail. Worse, however, to be branded a criminal, to be told you are guilty when you know you are not guilty. It’d be terrible to be criminalised by mistake. And who would choose to be treated like a criminal?

By NickGibson3900 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By NickGibson3900 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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