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Here I am, Lord

19th Sunday after Pentecost - October 15, 2017 1 Samuel 3:1-21 and John 20:21-23 I vividly recall the year after my high school graduation when I sensed being called to something along the lines of pastoral ministry. It was a niggling inside of me; I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. At the time I was doing military service so I didn’t really give it serious thought and effectively brushed ...
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Reflect …and calculate

18th Sunday after Pentecost - October 8, 2017 (Thanksgiving Sunday) Exodus 16:1-18 and John 6:51 Oprah Winfrey is quoted to have said: “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” Reflect… What a perfect time to reflect, to take stock of our lives, to ponder, to be thankful, to truly think of all th...
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Who is it that calls me to faith?

17th Sunday after Pentecost - October 1, 2017 Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17 and John 8:58 Who is it that brings me to faith? Is God just some far-off divine entity who is impossible to reach? The God that worked miraculously in the lives of impatient Abraham, faltering Isaac and conniving Jacob. Is this the very same God that affected the lives of just regular folk like missionaries, preachers...
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There is so much hope amidst calamity

16th Sunday after Pentecost - September 24, 2017 (Presbyterians Sharing Sunday) Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 and John 1:50-51 The last two weeks we have been looking at the book of Genesis, the start of the Bible. On September 10 we saw how God is the provider of new beginnings, God creating something spectacular out of nothing. The next week we explored Isaac being brought by his father, Abr...
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God provides…over and above our pain

15th Sunday after Pentecost- September 17, 2017 Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 and John 1:29 How do we understand the stories of the Bible? There are stories of our ancestors in the faith, that are family stories for Israel, and they told the stories as if God were also a character in each story. They most probably would have told the story slightly differently each time. We do the same thing when we t...
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God… provider of new beginnings

14th Sunday after Pentecost - September 10, 2017 Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a and John 1:1-5 As we start afresh with a new year (Year Four) of our Narrative Lectionary readings, it is great to kick off with the first story of creation. In this story there is one word in the original Hebrew language in which most of the Old Testament was written that is very significant. It is the second word in the first ...
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Then there’s the promise and hope that all things will be made new (Part Four in a series of Four – “Promise and Hope”)

13th Sunday after Pentecost - September 3, 2017 Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5 and John 16:20-22 The beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the garden containing the tree of life in Revelation. God is the beginning and end of all things. This is not a threat for the end of humanity. It is a promise that there is nothing outside the confines of an immense, ti...
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Playing our part as we imagine God’s kingdom (Part Three in a series of Four – “The part that humans get to write – the unnamed chapter”)

12th Sunday of Pentecost - August 27, 2017 Revelation 6:1-8; 7:1-17 and John 14:1-4, 12 In the Book of Revelation we are seeing a vision – a bit like a secret code of how God’s world is. These mysteries are not meant to conceal God but to reveal the message of the prophets and the work of Christ – the Lamb of God. We have already learned (in previous Sundays) that God is always Creator, ever pre...
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The Lamb who redeems us from sin (Part Two in a series of Four – “Fall and Redemption”)

11th Sunday after Pentecost - August 20, 2017 Revelation 5:2-4, 9 and 12-13 and John 1:29 As I mentioned last week, we’ll be focussing on our purpose and vision as a congregation while working our way through the Book of Revelation. Last week was Part One about the Creator God to whom we as believers say we belong. It is this Creator God whom we worship with all our being. Part Two, today we ...
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What a God to worship…! (Part One in series of Four – “Creation”)

10th Sunday after Pentecost - August 13, 2017 Revelation 4:1-11 and John 17:1-5 There are so many things that bring us to a sense of awe and wonder, and these same things that fill us with awe and wonder are so often clearly created by God. Think of the northern lights, a pink sunrise, a brightly coloured lily, some lovely rugged mountains, a waterfall; they all speak of God’s splendour. Many Go...
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