Now is the time. Time to trust

During this season of Epiphany, when we recall the Gospel story of Christ as the Light of the World to all people living God’s grace and love for all, we seem to be getting a lot of call stories. Last week it was John’s story of the call of Philip and Nathanael. This week it is the call of some of Jesus inner circle. I wonder how John and Mark helps us hear and live our call? Marks gospel is the beginning of the ongoing story of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son news. That story continues today with you and me. In Mark 1:14 and 15 we hear that, “(A)fter John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” (CEB). This is a pretty important couple of verses for Mark.. They set the scene and some of the key themes. Enough is enough. It’s time to get on and see the world differently. Time to expand your mind. Time to see the world and your place in it

A Christmas Reflection

  Christmas 2020 So here we are Christmas 2020 After a year of COVID-19 Which has reshaped our lives And for some Too many Their hopes and dreams for the future A year that has left us at best feeling that whole Christmas thing just seems a little bit harder this year amidst the weariness and grief and guilt – for some but there it is and here we are.   This little piece of RNA   this scrap of genetic material   that needs a host to be alive Has changed our world For better and for worse We have watched the bumbling of so many governments around the world With so many paying the price with their health Their mental health Their lives. We have seen economies suffer And so many, women in particular out of work Struggling to pay the bills. And we have seen so many live sacrificially for others Medical people around the world Those in essential services working on despite the risk We saw neighbours looking out for each other   And an as

Mary Our Icon

This sermon can be listened to here Gate Pa – Year B - 4 th Sunday of Advent, 2020 Readings: Psalm                         Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26                                                     First Reading                 2 Sam 7:1-11, 16                     Second Reading         Rom 16:25-27                         Gospel                           Luke 1:26-38                 What I want to say: To explore w ho is Mary, and h ow she is our icon, helping us -           live love -           be a disciple What I want to happen: People to reflect on the Mary’s of today and how we honour them The Sermon      1.      Introduction: Traditionally on of the themes for Advent 4 is a time to honour Mary è What comes to mind when you think of Mary o    what words or titles      ð Discuss          2.      The Church – one extreme Always struggled with how to view Mary over centuries – whole range responses to her Most Christians – Roman Catho