SERMONS 2021

A HOME FOR ALL: RENEWING THE OIKOS OF GOD

Cate Thorn and Anton Spelman

12 September 2021     Ordinary 24 / Season of Creation

This week we continue the theme a Home for All: Renewing the Oikos of God.  Last week we looked to our own experience of home, themes emerged of being home to self, then to others, then to the world, first being then doing and also of home as belonging, of welcome and hospitality.

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LET'S TALK ABOUT MARY AND EVE

Cate Thorn

15 August 2021     Feast of St Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Galatians 4:4-7     Luke 1:46-55 ​

Today we’re marking the feast of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church marks “the solemnity of the Assumption.” A doctrine the post-Reformation Church of England “never formally accepted … one of the major divides with Rome.  The feast “disappeared from Anglican worship in 1549 … only partially to return in some twentieth century Anglican calendars”.

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ORDINARY BREAD

Diana Rattray

8 August 2021     Ordinary 19

Ephesians 4:24-5:2     John 6:35, 41-51

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When Lisa Carrington won her 5th Gold medal on Thursday she was described as kiwi, New Zealander and most successful Olympian of all time. The adjectives we heard less were Maori, woman, from Aotearoa.

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SABBATICAL TIME

Cate Thorn

1 August 2021     Ordinary 18

Ephesians 4:1-16     John 6:24-35

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I want to begin by thanking you for the sabbatical time I’ve had the privilege to enjoy. In some industries, like the church, sabbatical time’s normative, but it’s not a normal to all. I’ve come to appreciate the value of such time.

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SOCIAL SERVICES SUNDAY

Helen Robinson

25 July 2021

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ST THOMAS AND THE WAY

Helen Jacobi

4 July 2021     St Thomas' Day

Acts 1:12-14     John 14:1-7​

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St Thomas the apostle was loyal, he was brave, he was a person full of questions, he wasn’t afraid to challenge and test ideas.
Thomas was committed to the community of followers of Jesus and cared about them.

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TREATY PARTNERSHIP

Amanda Mark

6 June 2021     Te Pouhere Sunday

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Today is Te Pouhere Sunday, the day on which we celebrate the 1992 constitution of Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, our three tikanga church.

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GOD IN RELATIONSHIP

Diana Rattray

30 May 2021     Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8     John 3:1-17

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We can have words, analogies, images and icons of the trinity but they fall short of an adequate explanation, description or image purely because the Triune God is mystery. God is undivided and diverse.

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JERUSALEM

Helen Jacobi

23 May 2021     The Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21     John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

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Jerusalem should be the most peaceful city on earth. Jerusalem, sacred to people of Jewish faith, the location of the Temple, the heart of Judaism. Jerusalem, sacred to people of Christian faith, the location of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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LIMINAL SPACE

Diana Rattray

16 May 2021     Easter 7

1 John 5:9-15     John 17:6-19

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In the liturgical calendar we are in the liminal space between Ascension and Pentecost. The Oxford dictionary defines Liminal as relating to a transitional of initial stage of a process or occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold..

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LOVE ABIDES

Diana Rattray

9 May 2021     Easter 6

Acts 10:44-48     John 15:9-17

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Yesterday we held a Parish retreat day, on the feast day of Julian of Norwich. In the last year, in the Covid-19 year, there has been a resurgence of interest in Julian. Julian was one of the leading women in English writing, in theology, and also in spiritual and pastoral care of a community in chaos.

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VINES

Helen Jacobi

2 May 2021     Easter 5

1 John 4:7-21     John 15:1-8

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My father had a grape vine in his garden on our back fence in Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt is not a place known for grape growing but every year we would have a lovely crop of purple grapes.

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SYMBOLS OF REMEMBERING -

THE CROSS AND THE POPPY

Wilf Holt

25 April 2021     Easter 4

John 11:11-18

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Some time ago I found myself in southern Thessaly on my way to visit the Monasteries of Meteora – those remarkable monasteries that have settled themselves into the tops of spectacular rocks that soar to the heavens.

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AN EMBODIED FAITH

Helen Jacobi

18 April 2021     Easter 3

Acts 3:12-19     Luke 24:36-48

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The Easter season seems to demand some mental gymnastics from us. We have a mixture of feelings I think as we embrace the mystery of the resurrected Christ. Especially when we get to the nuts and bolts readings of last week and this. 

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

Linda Murphy

11 April 2021     Easter 2

Acts 4:32-35     John 20:19-31

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Our community has been busy since Palm Sunday, setting up the labyrinth, washing hands on Maundy Thursday, and gathering on Good Friday, celebrating Holy Saturday at sunset culminating with Easter Day. 

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BREAKING THE SILENCE

Helen Jacobi

4 April 2021     Easter Day

Isaiah 25:6-9     Mark 16-1:8

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Any writer of novels or scripts for film will tell you how important endings are. And we the readers or viewers would agree. In the old days of one episode a week TV the ending had to make you want to come back for more next week.

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JUDAS AND PILATE ARE INCLUDED

Cate Thorn

2 April 2021     Good Friday

John 18:1-19:42

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Today we enter the second day of our three day Passion ritual. Last night after ritual of washing and stripping church of decoration we left in silence into the night - into the darkness of Judas’ betrayal.

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BETRAYAL

Cate Thorn

1 April 2021     Maundy Thursday

John 13:1-30

In this season ripe with ritual action the scriptures we read are likely familiar to us. Heard or read over and again we can be lulled by their familiarity. Then sometimes something new, something you’ve not noticed before pops.

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THEOKOTOS

Helen Jacobi

21 March 2021     Feats of the Annunciation

Luke 1:26-38

Unless you are of Roman Catholic upbringing you will probably have been surprised to hear the gospel reading we just heard read in the middle of Lent!

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ICONS AND SERPENTS

Cate Thorn

14 March 2021     Lent 4

Numbers 24:4-9     John 3:14-21​

Here we are in this religious space, this holy set apart place of St Matthew-in-the City. If we’d been able to keep to the plans made for Lent we’d be talking about art in the form of icons after church today.

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REPENTANCE AND TRANSPARENCY

Cate Thorn

28 February 2021     Lent 2

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16     Mark 8:31-38

Here we are a quarter past Lent, as someone quipped online this week – I did the maths we’re 10 days into Lent, so it works!!

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WILDERNESS

Helen Jacobi

21 February 2021     Lent 1

Genesis 9:8-17     Mark 1:9-15

There is a pre recorded video version of this sermon going to be playing in the online worship of some of the churches in our international network today. 

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CITY MISSIONER'S FAREWELL SERMON

Chris Farrelly


14 February 2021

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WHERE MEMORY FAILS THE FAITH OF THE COMMUNITY IS THREATENED

Helen Jacobi

 

7 February 2021

Ordinary 5     Isaiah 40:21-31     Mark 1:29-39 

“Where memory fails the faith of the community is threatened.”

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?” (Is 40:21) 

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WHAT HOLDS US BACK?

Susan Adams

31 January 2021

Epiphany 4     Helder Camera. The desert is fertile. p 14     Mark 1:21-28

I once read a book that began its opening chapter with a rape scene. It was awful but I  stop reading till I found out what happened to the both the victim and the perpetrator. 

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

Amanda Mark

 

24 January 2021

Epiphany 3     Mark 1:14-20

So here we are, at the beginning of another year, the beginning of a new presidency for the United States and here I am beginning my first sermon at St Matthews! 

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COME AND SEE; GO BACK AND LISTEN

Helen Jacobi

17 January 2021

Epiphany 2     1 Samuel 3:1-10      John 1:43-51

Come and see Philip said to Nathanael. 

Go back and listen Eli said to Samuel. 

Samuel heard a voice calling, he thought it was his teacher Eli, a logical conclusion. 

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