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Liberation and addiction

This sermon can be heard here Gate Pa Presentation of our Lord at the Temple 4 th Sunday in Epiphany Readings: Psalm                          24                                                                                                         First Reading:                         Malachi 3:1-5                          Second Reading:                    Hebrews 2:14-18                     Gospel:                                    Mark 1:21-28                          What I want to say: I want to briefly explore Candlemas, finishing with the importance of Christ the light  - how does light Christ enable us to see ourselves and the world we live in. I then want to use the article The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think by Johann Hari to talk about what it is that Jesus might be liberating those in the story and those hearing the story from What I want to happen: People to reflect on what cages Christ is bot

Authority and Liberation

In the Anglican (and Roman Catholic) calendar today is Candlemas, or the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple. In the northern hemisphere this ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. The Christmas season once lasted for forty days - until the second day of February, and Candlemas marked the end of that season. The name Candlemas comes from the tradition that all the candles that were to be used in the church during the coming year were brought into church and blessed. So it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles . Candles were very important as the main means of providing light. They were also thought to give protection against plague and illness and famine. For Christians, they were (and still are) a reminder that Christ is ‘The light of the World' - and candles are lit during church services to remind us of this. However we are going to follow the more Protestant RCL lectionary readings f


This sermon can be listened to here Gate Pa – Epiphany 3 2015 Readings: Psalm                         62:5-12                                                  First Reading:             Jonah 3:1-5, 10  Second Reading:                    1 Cor 7:29-31   Gospel:                                    Mark 1:14-20  What I want to say and what I want to happen: Use the Jonah and Mark readings to reflect on our calls and to ask what we might be invited to this year What I want to happen: People to share stories of call, and to reflect on how they are called now. The Sermon       1.      Introduction: theme readings is call – Jonah and Mark appropriate as begin new year. chance us take stock these stories offer us a chance reflect on our own call – individuals             and as church ask how called now, what might be invited to this year.       2.      We Are All Called We are all called long time used say clergy called to “the ministry