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Sermons on Epiphany

Observed on January 6th, the Epiphany celebration remembers the three miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ. The name “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, and means “to show, make known, or reveal.” The celebration originated in the Eastern Church in AD 361, beginning as a commemoration of the birth of Christ. Later, additional meanings were added – the visit of the three Magi, Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. These three events are central to the definition of Epiphany, and its meaning is drawn from these occurrences.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord Readings: Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians 3:1–12 & Matthew 2:1–12 One thing I did to cope during the lengthy times of isolation in lockdown last year, was to watch a number of South Korean television series. I enjoyed them so much, that if I ever do watch anything on TV nowadays, then it’s usually one of those.…

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15–20, 1 Corinthians 8:1–13 & Mark 1:21–28 What do you think of when you hear the term ‘prophet’? It’s not really a term used that often in modern speech, however when it is used, it’s probably done so to refer more to either someone who can predict the future, or someone who is a…

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Epiphany Readings: Jonah 3:1–10, 1 Corinthians 7:29–31 & Mark 1:14–20 I think most of you probably know by now that I like to play the guitar, although I’m the first to admit that I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it none the less. One of the many different approaches I’ve taken in trying…

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1–10, 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 & John 1:43–51 This week’s gospel passage, from the Gospel of John, is about the call to discipleship, and revelation.  The passage begins with Jesus deciding to go to Galilee. Prior to this, Jesus had been in Jerusalem, where he had been identified by John the Baptist as the “Lamb of God”, and where Andrew…

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany – Transfiguration

Readings: Exodus 24:12–18, 2 Peter 1:16–21 & Matthew 17:1–9 Today, on the Last Sunday after Epiphany, before we commence the Season of Lent, we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, the event where the Glory of God is revealed in and through Jesus on the mountain. So the gospel reading for today in the Revised Common Lectionary is the account of the Transfiguration…

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15–30, 1 Corinthians 3:1–9 & Matthew 5:21–37 Life is full of choices. Usually the first choice I face each day is do I get up and walk the dog and exercise when the alarm goes off, or do I ignore it and go back to sleep? The second might be what am I going to wear to exercise in? That’s…

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Micah 6:1–8, 1 Corinthians 1:18–31 & Matthew 5:1–12 Wednesday marked the third anniversary of the commencement of my ministry here at St Andrew’s. One of the first things I did when I started my ministry was to open the church every day, except on my day off, and to put a “sandwich board” in front on the church to let people…

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Isaiah 9:1–4, 1 Corinthians 1:10–18 & Matthew 4:12–25 When I was growing up, my mum had a rule that my sister and I weren’t allowed to eat dinner in front of the TV. The one exception to this rule was Sunday night, when a nature program titled “Wild Kingdom” was on. The show was a precursor to today’s Animal Planet channel.…

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Isaiah 49:1–7, 1 Corinthians 1:1–9 & John 1:29–42 Today’s first reading, from the Book of Isaiah, is the second of what are known as the four ‘Servant Songs’ in Isaiah. The ‘Servant Songs’ are often thought by Christians to be prophecies about Jesus. This is especially true of the last of the four, which can be found from verse thirteen of…

The Transfiguration

Readings: Exodus 34:29–35, 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2 & Luke 9:28–36 Today we commemorate the feast day of the Transfiguration of Jesus; the event which revealed the true identity of Jesus, and which also revealed the glory of God. The gospel story shares a close parallel with the transformation that Moses underwent on Mount Sinai, when he came down from the mountain with the…