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Luxury Miracle

Isaiah 62:1-5    Psalm 36:5-10           1 Corinthians 12:1-11             John 2:1-11 I’m not sure who coined the phrase ‘luxury miracle’ for the Wedding in Cana, but is it really apt: not a leper in sight, no one to release from demon-oppression, no storms to quell, no hungry masses to feed.  Just the sheer joy of God’s giving! It is completelyContinue reading “Luxury Miracle”

Baptismal identity

Isaiah 43:1-7   Psalm 29         Acts 8:14-17    Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Introduction Depending on your church tradition, some may remember your baptism, but many I suspect others were very young when it took place.  Whenever and where ever it was, it is a sacrament about identity; we are called into the community of faith and into a relationship with God throughContinue reading “Baptismal identity”

‘Who do you say that I am’ … and what difference has it made in your life? Proverbs 1:20-33        Psalm 19         James 3:1-12               Mark 8:27-38 Today (11th September or 9/11) is one of those landmark days in history as the world paused to reflect on the 20th Anniversary of the huge loss of life at the World TradeContinue reading

Dirty hands or defiled hearts?

Lectionary Readings: Song of Solomon 2:8-13    James 1:17-27     Mark 7:1-23 … Christ urges us to examine our own defiled hearts  rather than our neighbours’ dirty hands. Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm, Feasting on the Word; year B vol.4  (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009) Introduction: When I was a student, I managed to try several different types of work, some more interestingContinue reading “Dirty hands or defiled hearts?”

Choices

Lectionary readings: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18            Psalm 34:15-22           Ephesians 6:10-20       John 6:56-69 Choose this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24: 15 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.   John 6:69 Unconscious bias. Whether we like it or not, and whether we are aware of it or not, we receive andContinue reading “Choices”

Bring back the manna and quails.

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14           Psalm 111       Ephesians 5:15-20       John 6:51-58 For the past few weeks, we have been working through John ‘s Gospel chapter six, and the focus this week is on Holy Communion.  You’ve probably noticed that the three synoptic Gospels all offer an account of the Last Supper which includes the disciples sharing the Passover Meal together,Continue reading “Bring back the manna and quails.”

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