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Sermons from December 2017

The Epiphany of our Lord

Readings: Is. 60:1–6, Eph. 3:1–12 & Mt. 2:1–12. Today we celebrate the ‘Epiphany of Our Lord’. So exactly what does the word “epiphany” mean? The Cambridge Dictionary gives it two meanings: a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, a powerful religious experience. The Oxford Dictionary adds to these…

The Third Sunday in Advent

Readings: Is. 61:1–4, 8–11, Ps. 126, 1 Th. 5:12–28 & Jn. 1:6–8, 19–28. Who am I? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I have, and I still do. In fact, I remember a specific occasion recently when I did just that. And the reason why I remember it so clearly, is because I wrote about in my journal. It…

The Second Sunday in Advent

Readings: Is. 40:1–11, 2 Peter 3:8–15a & Mk. 1:1–8. Our Old Testament Reading this morning comes from the Book of Isaiah. These days, scholars agree there was one more than one author of the Book of Isaiah; in fact a number actually argue there were three. To avoid any unnecessary confusion this morning, we will assume there were two, and that both…

The First Sunday in Advent

Readings: Is. 64:1–9, 1 Cor. 1:1–9, Mk. 13:24–37. This morning, I would like you to cast your mind back to the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. What followed the Exodus, was the revelation of God to Moses and the people of Israel, at Mount Sinai, when (to quote Ex 19:18): “the mountain trembled at the presence of God”…