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Sermons from January 2020

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.…

Christmas Eve

Readings: Is. 9:2–7, Tit. 2:11–14 & Lk. 2:1–20 At its best, Christmas is a wonderful occasion for family and friends to spend time together enjoying each other’s company, sharing meals, and exchanging gifts. At its worst, its probably the single biggest opportunity in the year for our “consumerist culture” to gorge itself on excess. Sometimes in the church we lament the fact…

First Sunday after Christmas

Readings: Isaiah 63:7–9, Hebrews 2:10–18 & Matthew 2:13–23 I want to talk to you this morning about three topics that are raised in today’s readings: journey, suffering and redemption. On Christmas Eve and Morning, we heard the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel. In that story we heard of a journey that Joseph took, with a heavily pregnant Mary,…

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…