Recent Sermons & Reflections

Redefining the House of God

Lent 3 - March 4, 2018 The story of Jesus purging the temple in Jerusalem of the moneychangers and animal sellers can be a disturbing one to hear. It has a violent, angry element that we don’t usually see in Jesus. And that in itself should give us pause for thought....

Reviewing 2017 for our annual meeting

Here we are in Lent again, with Jesus’ invitation to us to follow him by taking up our own crosses. I notice that he doesn’t say, “You might have to take up a cross if you’re unlucky.” It’s simpler and harder and more real than that: “Take up your cross.” We all have...

Lent and Renewal Feb.18, 2018

Each reading for the first Sunday of Lent (Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15) addresses the renewal of God’s relationship with humanity. The readings invite us to enter the season of Lent with spirit of renewal of our personal relationship with God.

Shining and Darkness

Feast of the Transfiguration: February 11, 2018 This Sunday marks the end of the season of Epiphany, which is all about coming to understand who Jesus is: - a king, God’s beloved Son, a preacher of God’s kingdom, a healer. And today is the grand finale – the...

Guided Meditation on Praying with Jesus

The first chapter of Mark's gospel is a breathlessly busy one: - First John the Baptist bursts onto the scene - Then Jesus is baptised - He's in the wilderness - He starts his public ministry - He calls the first disciples - He heals a man possessed - [Today] He heals...

Theatre Feb 4, 2018

Isaiah offers the Baylonian captives God’s perspective and invites them to recall all the wonderous things he has done for them as a prelude to even greater promises. For his part, Mark tells the story of how Jesus fulfills some of these promises.

Challenges, Jan.28, 2018

Challenges are one unifying thread of the three readings today. The Israelites faced the challeng of what to do when Moses died. Sophisticated Corinthian Christians faced ethical challenges from Paul. The Jews of Jesus’ day faced the challenge of figuring out who this new prophet was.

Holy Leadership

January 28, 2018 We’re still in the season of Epiphany, the season where the readings relate to the theme of who Jesus is revealed to be. The season begins with the story of the three magi coming and honouring the infant Jesus as a king, and it ends with the story of...

Gifts

This sermon was preached at St Aidan's by Susan Graham Walker as part of our series on giving. Gifts can be tricky. Some gifts come with a desire to control the receiver. Can you remember a gift that came with expectations? A gift that had a string attached? Gifts can...