Reflection


Christ is risen!

Easter Sunday reflection

Moderator’s Easter message 2017

Notices – 16th April 2017

Good Friday – liturgy & reflection

This is a week to rally in protest.
To protest against powers used for death and destruction.
To protest about chemical weapons.
To protest against retaliation.

To protest our tendency to lash out.
To protest against our fears that cause us to deny we love Jesus.
To protest when we fall away…

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Notices 9th April 2017

We often live in ways that are short of the abundance that God imagines for us.
Every time a word is spoken in anger; or one is betrayed; or when there is no path to forgiveness; or when one is isolated – death comes where life ought to be.
And so Jesus calls the one bound in the grave to ‘come out’.

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Notices – 2nd April 2017

How can it be that a wonderful miracle of receiving sight stirs up so much blindness?

This story is a reminder that it isn’t easy to defend your faith when Jesus has gone.

It isn’t easy to answer hard questions like all those who doubt and struggle to see when we feel a little orphaned, or lost without the one who comes to us as light.

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Notices – 26 March 2017

Nicodemus was wowed by Jesus, although perhaps that should not be a surprise. He is a Pharisee, and Pharisees were known for being attracted by ‘bling’. They had vision for fancy things that carried their own sense of importance. Like getting the most important seat at the table, perhaps at the right-hand side of the favoured guest, Rabbi or teacher. Or the wearing of long robes in public, the longer and fancier the better. Or wearing big boxes on their heads with bible tracts to show the world how seriously the Scriptures were being taken. Nothing like having the word of God on your mind constantly!

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Notices – 12 March 2017

Sometimes it is hard for us to hear about the problems of our world.

On Manus, the despair and hopelessness is growing. One man in detention there recently wrote in an email:

Sorry if i am late to write for you. Sometimes even breathing is difficult for me in detention and eating food these days is suffering for me…

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Notices 5 March 2017

Have you ever been touched by the glory of God?

There are many stories in the bible of shekinah.

It is a word that Jewish Rabbis use to convey the idea that God comes to meet us, to dwell near us. And often that presence is one of such brilliance that it is almost beyond humans to bear.

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Notices this week

Prosperity is a dangerous thing, for it so easily corrupts.
The people of Israel are on the edge of more prosperity than they could ever imagine. They are in danger of being corrupted by the very blessing they crave …

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Notices for this week

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Barry Brown for his background notes to the gospel of Matthew, and reflection on the word.

OTB Matt 2017 16 10 Short

Sermon 20170205 StMsUC

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