SERMONS 2022

SUN IN OT

Diana Rattray

6 November 2022     Ordinary 32

Job 19:23-27a     Luke 20:27-38

Yesterday amidst the bangs and the flashes of fireworks our nation should have been remembering the events of that day at Parihaka, rather than a treason plot on the British parliament. On 5 November 1881 amalgamated troops came into the peaceful resistance at Parihaka, in the shadows of Mt Taranaki.

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EYES OF YOUR HEART

Helen Jacobi

30 October 2022     All Saints' Day

Ephesians 1:15-19     Luke 6:20-31

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“I do not cease to give thanks” – what a wonderful way to be; what a great attitude to have in life. Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus and there was plenty to bring Paul down, plenty for the church community to complain about. Paul says I do not cease to give thanks for you and I pray that you may know hope with “the eyes of your heart enlightened.”
What a great phrase – “with the eyes of your heart enlightened” – a sense of our hearts being awake and alive, and able to see as well as feel.

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LABOUR DAY

Linda Murphy

23 October 2022     Ordinary Sunday 30

Luke 18:9-14

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Its Labour weekend always a joy as we have survived Winter and Summer is on its way. I knew Labour Day was to celebrate the 8 hour working day however I didn’t realise until I checked Google that it was first celebrated in 1890 and the Labour Day Act was passed in 1899 making it a statutory holiday. In fact, in the 1890s they had Labour Day parades. We just have a parade on SH 1 exiting Auckland these days.

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PERSISTENCE

Helen Jacobi

16 October 2022     Ordinary Sunday 29

Genesis 32:22-31     Luke 18:1-8

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“Jesus told the disciples a parable about the need to pray always and not to lose heart.” We have plenty to lose heart over at the moment: Russia and Ukraine; the climate crisis; the low turnout in our city elections last week; rising prices; personal things about jobs or families or health. Losing heart is something we know about.

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CREATION THREE

Cate Thorn

9 October 2022     Ordinary Sunday 28

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7     Luke 17:11-19

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Today is the third and last of this year’s Season of Creation Sundays. As I’ve said each week I invited us on a journey, bringing simply ourselves. Along the way I invited us to take time to reflect more deeply about our relationship with creation given the crisis creation and we find ourselves in.

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CREATION TWO

Cate Thorn

2 October 2022     Ordinary Sunday 27

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4     Luke 17:1-10

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Season of Creation, I began this season inviting you to join with me on a journey, to bring yourself. I shared with you the insight of unexamined grief I gained from Adrian te Patu and its relevance for the climate crisis we’re in. That we find ourselves where we’d rather not be, we participate in the way things are and want to make amends.

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LET YOUR HEART KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS

Peter Beck

25 September 2022     Patronal Feats     St Matthew's Day

Proverbs 3:1-6     Matthew 9:9-13

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A phrase from the inspirational Old Testament reading for today which has been living with me as I have thought about what to say today. – ‘Let your heart keep my commandments’ (Proverbs 3:1)
I am so pleased to be with you today. Thank you Helen for the invitation. The last time I preached here was I think at the 25th anniversary of the Community Church.

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CREATION ONE

Cate Thorn

18 September 2022     Ordinary Sunday 25

Amos 8:7-7     Luke 16:1-13

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I saw in What’s Happening that I’m preaching on Creation, interesting – which version of Creation do you think I should go with? Made in seven days, Darwinian, Big Bang, ahhh, choices, choices. Actually I’m guessing the reason for the word Creation is to mark the Season of Creation.

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LOST SHEEP / LOST COIN

Amanda Mark

11 September 2022     Ordinary Sunday 24

Luke 15:1-10

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When I was learning Latin at school, we had a book called Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer. It was full of hundreds of tables of verbs and nouns and adjectives - all the grind of learning a language. For us trying to discern the Gospel message, these stories are a bit like Kennedy’s Primer for Latin but - without the grind.

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TABLE MANNERS

Helen Jacobi

 

28 August 2022     Ordinary Sunday 22

Proverbs 25:6-7     Hebrews 13:1-3, 6     Luke 14:1, 7-14

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One of the things I love about travel or being part of another culture is learning the food and table etiquette – in Singapore recently we were hosted to a formal business lunch in a Chinese restaurant and I found myself watching our host closely to make sure I ate things in the right order and matched the right sauces and spices.

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IT'S A MATTER OF FAITH

Cate Thorn

 

7 August 2022     Ordinary Sunday 19

Hebrews 11:1-3, 1-16     Luke 12:32-40

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It’s all about faith, according to Hebrews and it’s faith that undergirds the gospel promises. Faith will provide and restore the fullness of life, secure us now and into the future. Faith will enable us to imagine as yet unknown possibilities and walk into them. 

How do we know we have faith? Is it even something to be had?

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BIGGER BARNS, HIGHER WALLS

Helen Jacobi

 

31 July 2022     Ordinary Sunday 18

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-25     Luke 12:13-21

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“We will not quickly be forgiven if this is another gathering that focuses on ourselves.”

Wise words from the Archbishop of Canterbury in his first keynote address to the Lambeth Conference on Friday evening. The Lambeth Conference is a gathering of all the bishops of the Anglican Communion which happens every 10 years. 14 years in this case because of the pandemic. There are close to 900 bishops in our Communion from 165 countries. 600 or so are currently in Canterbury at the Conference, including our own bishops from Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia.

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SOCIAL SERVICES SUNDAY

Rose Harrop

24 July 2022     Social Services Sunday

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MOTHER GOD

Jax Clark

17 July 2022     Ordinary Sunday 16

Isaiah 66:10-14

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Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom. For thus says the Lord:
I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing
stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm and dangled on her knees.

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WRESTLING WITH OBEDIENCE

Cate Thorn

3 July 2022     Ordinary Sunday 14

2 Kings 5:1-14     Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

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There is much in today’s readings, especially from Kings and the gospel that we could play with. Some years ago I attended a Ministry Conference that explored how to be and remain resourced to preach. It was led by Bp. Jim, which gives you an idea it was a wee while ago. One of the main pieces of advice was that each week one should choose only one of each thing.

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MATARIKI

David Williams

26 June 2022     Matariki Sunday

Isaiah 25:6-9     John 11:21-17

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On Friday 24th June there was a new legal public holiday for the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand: Matariki. Legal public holidays are a mixed bag. Few people have any idea why the provincial district of Auckland, comprising about half of the North Island north of Mokau in the west and Wairoa in the east, needs to be celebrated in the last weekend of January.

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TE POUHERE

Wilf Holt

19 June 2022     Te Pouhere Sunday

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WISDOM

Helen Jacobi

12 June 2022     Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31     John 16:12-15

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On the front cover of our order of service today is the icon of the Trinity by Rublev from the 15th century; copied ever since by icon writers. It depicts the story from Genesis where Abraham offers hospitality to three mysterious visitors – the three angels are interpreted to mean God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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PENTECOST

Cate Thorn

5 June 2022     Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21     John 14:8-17

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Pentecost is here, 50 days after Easter. Each Sunday since Easter we’ve heard stories of characters in the fledgling community of the Way. We’ve heard of spirit outpouring on Saul, on Gentiles and prison guard families, restoring new life to the faithful and, perhaps less benevolently, Paul in a funk driving out a spirit of divination. But not until today do we hear of the Spirit outpouring upon the disciples gathered together. 

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NOTICING THE SLAVE GIRL

Helen Jacobi

29 May 2022     Easter 7

Acts 16:16-34     John 17:20-26

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Saul (or Paul), Tabitha, Peter, Lydia, Paul and Silas. Today we come to the end of our Easter season series of portraits from the Book of Acts. Stories or snapshots of some of the people who made up the early church. Today’s story is recorded to focus on Paul and Silas and their dramatic exit from prison, earthquakes and all, followed by the baptism of the jailer and his family. In biblical terms this is a long story – 19 verses – full of excitement and drama.

 

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FAREWELLS

Diana Rattray

22 May 2022     Easter 6

Acts 16:9-15     John 14:23-29

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TVNZ’s Sunday programme last week included the story of Esther Richards who chose to share her decision to leave her earthly life by euthansia. She is one of the 67 New Zealanders who have exercised their right to choose how to die since the law came into effect.

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FAITH IN REAL TIME

Cate Thorn

15 May 2022     Easter 5

Acts 11:1-18     John 13: 31-35

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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Today’s short gospel, part of Jesus’ farewell discourse is also read on Maundy Thursday as part of the foot washing service.

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TABITHA

Amanda Mark

8 May 2022     Easter 4

Acts 9:36-43

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You all know I’m a lawyer, but you may not know that lawyers have a thing about teeth.
They like the law to have teeth, to bite on problems and make things happen. They
want the law to have something relevant to say.

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CALL OF SAUL

Helen Jacobi

1 May 2022     Easter 3

Acts 9:1-20     John 21:1-14

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Have you ever used or heard the phrase “a road to Damascus experience” or “a road to Damascus moment”? A moment where things have suddenly changed and your life is upended or redirected.

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THOMAS: DOUBT AND TRUTH

Susan Adams

24 April 2022     Easter 2

Acts 5:27-32     John 20:19-31

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What’s the point of this story that the writer of Johns gospel has created? It doesn’t appear in any of the other gospels. Thomas may or may not have been a real person but, notwithstanding, Thomas and his doubt have entered the Western lexicon, and we all know what the phrase ‘doubting Thomas’ means when we hear it.

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EASTER

Cate Thorn

17 April 2022     Easter Day

Isaiah 65:17-25     Luke 24:1-12

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Christ is risen, he is risen indeed! Great. Yet what we hear today is pretty inconclusive, an idle tale not believed, a witness amazed who head home. These are the highlights of today’s gospel.  This is what, with expectant hope, we've been preparing for. Easter morn dawns to absence, no-thing, no-body. 

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SILENCE

Helen Jacobi

15 April 2022     Good Friday

Luke 23:13-56

On Palm Sunday we heard the line “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’” These words are only heard in Luke’s version of the gospel.

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PERFUME

Helen Jacobi

3 April 2022     Lent 5

Isaiah 43:16-21     John 12:1-8

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Mary took a pound of costly perfume, made of pure nard -

It would have been in a jar or a flask of some kind. Nard or spike nard was from a plant grown in the Himalayas and was used for its strong perfume in the ancient world.

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PRODIGAL GRACE

Cate Thorn

27 March 2022     Lent 4

Joshua 5:9-12     Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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Our journey through Lent continues the theme of healing is with us as we go. I’m interested to see how the readings we have each week seem to be unfolding in an organic way. Seeing things as they are, lamenting, repenting and this week we might hear it as a gospel of returning.

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THEOLOGIES OF REPENTANCE

Cate Thorn

20 March 2022     Lent 3

Isaiah 55:1-9     Luke 13:1-9

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In this Lenten journey exploring healing we’ve been invited to have courage to see things as they are, to lament and now to repent. The gospel is frank about it - repent or die is pretty much its synopsis. So let’s explore.

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LAMENTING

Helen Jacobi

13 March 2022     Lent 2

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18     Luke 13:31-35

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In Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives there is a beautiful church called Dominus Flevit – Jesus wept. It is built in the shape of a teardrop.It is a modern church, built in 1955, but on the site of a 5th century church, which in turn was built over tombs dated as far back as 1600BC.

 

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TEMPTATIONS

Cate Thorn

6 March 2022     Lent 1

Deuteronomy 26:1-11     Luke 4:1-13

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Today is the first Sunday in Lent. This year we journey with wisdom from the gospel of Luke. Luke according to some strands of tradition is said to have been a physician, the word from Greek names one who heals. 

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FORGIVENESS

Helen Jacobi

20 February 2022     Ordinary Sunday 7

Genesis 45:3-15     Luke 6:27-38

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 “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”

I said last week’s reading should have come with a health warning.

Today’s come with a “high level of complexity and difficulty” label.

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BLESSED?

Helen Jacobi

13 February 2022     Ordinary Sunday 6

Jeremiah 17:5-10     Luke 6:17-26

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You are all brave souls turning up for church this morning. Brave not because of covid but because by being here you have to listen to this gospel from Luke. It should carry its own health warning.

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OUR LAND?

Helen Jacobi

6 February 2022     Ordinary Sunday 5 / Waitangi Day

Isaiah 6:1-8     Luke 5:1-11

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Every Waitangi Day our thoughts turn to our nation of Aotearoa and our ideals of partnership, and of rangatiratanga. We all have so much to learn still of our own history.

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THE EDGE OF TODAY

Susan Adams

30 January 2022     Epiphany 4  

Jeremiah 1:4-10     Luke 4:21-30

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The season of Epiphany is all about ‘seeing’ who Jesus is  and what he is all about - anticipating the ‘ah ha’ moment of sudden insight. The stories we have been reading from Luke and John over the past few weeks set out for us the ideas, and theology centered on Jesus, that was developing amongst the early Christian community as they discovered who Jesus had become for them - their 'ah ha'.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

Wilf Holt

23 January 2022     Epiphany 3

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A MIRACLE

Linda Murphy

16 January 2022     Epiphany 2    

John 2:1-11

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When I first read this reading, I immediately could hear myself saying the same thing in these circumstances. “They have no wine” Our sons certainly couldn’t perform a miracle however in this situation I am sure they would obey my wish that more wine was provided.

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BAPTISM OF JESUS

Amanda Mark

9 January 2022     Baptism of Jesus

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THE EPIPHANY

Gregory Thorn

2 January 2022     Feast of the Epiphany

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