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Sermons on Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time is the part of the liturgical calendar that falls outside the major seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary time begins with the passing of the Day of Pentecost and continues until the First Sunday of Advent, and is the longest season of the church year.

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 & Luke 21:5–19 I had breakfast with my two sons recently and we were discussing, among other things, the significant increase in the cost of living this year. I told them that I don’t envy them and other young people at the moment. Consecutive interest rate hikes over 6…

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Haggai 1:15b–2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17 & Luke 20:27–40 Two significant events in the life of our parish will take place before the end of this year. First, the Memorial Hall building will be demolished, and second, St Andrew’s Kindergarten will cease to operate. The Hall and the kindergarten both hold an important place in…

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4; 2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12 & Luke 19:1–10 Since the day of his ascension, followers of Jesus have been waiting for the time when he would come again and fully establish the kingdom of God here on earth. And in the two thousand plus years since, followers of Jesus have looked on in…

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings: Joel 2:23–32; 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 & Luke 18:15–30 The 2nd of October marked the second anniversary of my Mum’s death, and my sister and I gathered with our respective children and grandchildren that afternoon to inter Mum’s ashes. The occasion reminded of the suddenness of Mum’s death. She was 89 years old when she…

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings: Jeremiah 31:27–34; 2 Timothy 3:10–4:5 & Luke 18:1–14 In the seven years since 2016, we have witnessed the end of several of the longest premiership droughts in VFL/AFL history. The Western Bulldogs won only their second premiership in the club’s history in 2016, 62 years after they first tasted success in 1954. Richmond’s premiership…

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7; 2 Timothy 2:8–15 & Luke 17:11–19 When I reflect on my life to this point in time, I would describe the years from 2007 to 2009 as the darkest period in my life. In March 2007, my role as a senior executive of a multinational food manufacturing business based in Melbourne…

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Lamentations 1:1–6; 2 Timothy 1:1–14 & Luke 17:5–10 Today’s first reading, from the Book of Lamentations, concerns the fate of Jerusalem and its inhabitants in the aftermath of the destruction of both the city and the Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.  The Book of Lamentation opens with the following verse, “How lonely…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 2:4–13, Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16 & Luke 14:1, 7–14 I grew up in West Footscray; very much in a working class family. My Dad drove a furniture delivery truck, and in later years worked as a store-man, while my Mum worked as an Accounts Clerk. We were not particularly well off, but in saying that,…

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 1:4–10; Hebrews 12:18–29 & Luke 13:10–17 Last Monday at the Spiritual Cafe, we had a very interesting and enlightening discussion concerning the question of whether Christianity is hard or easy. We were specifically looking at this question from the viewpoint of C.S. Lewis, the famous British writer who was also an Anglican lay…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings: Isaiah 5:1–7; Hebrews 11:29–12:2 & Luke 12:49–59 Australia is recognised internationally as being the producer of some of the world’s finest wines, and in 2021 the country was ranked fifth in the world in terms of both wine production and wine exports. This is not overly surprising to me, because in the space of…