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Sermons from December 2018

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Readings: Mic. 5:2–5a, Heb. 10:5–10 & Lk. 1:39–45 The prophet Micah was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, and prophesied during the late 8th century BCE. He prophesied at a time when the kingdom of Judah, and its capital Jerusalem, lived under the threat of invasion by the Assyrian Empire. In our first reading this morning, Micah delivers a prophecy about the…

Third Sunday in Advent

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” According to the Gospel of Luke, that’s how John the Baptist addressed the crowds who had come out to be baptised by him. Not exactly the sort of greeting that would make you feel welcome is it?  To be called a viper, which is of course another name…

Second Sunday in Advent

There is often criticism of Social Media these days, and while I do agree there are aspects of it that aren’t helpful for our society; there are also benefits that it does provide. One of those benefits is communication; making you aware of something that you might not otherwise get to hear about. A case in point involves my favourite musical artist…

First Sunday in Advent

I want to share two stories with you this morning, both of which happened this week, and neither of which have anything directly to do with Advent, although indirectly they do, because both things made me question what it is as Christians, that we believe is the key message of the Gospel. But first let me talk briefly about Advent, and our…