Showing posts from June, 2015

Harvest Festival

Listen to this sermon here Gate Pa – 28 th June 2015, 13 th Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Psalm:                                     Psalm 130                   First Reading:                         2 Samuel 1:1,17-27                 Second Reading :          2 Corinthians 8:7-15               Gospel:                                       Mark 5:21-43                          What I want to say: Te explore what harvest festival is about, and to link that with Jesus offering of hope and life to both people in today’s reading. What I want to happen: People to reflect on what it is the are giving thanks for, and to be inspired to generously offer more of themselves The Sermon      1.      Introduction: why have harvest festival?             interesting thing to do in middle winter             not much harvest around             many thoughts being in garden seems little hard in this cold weather many don’t garden buy food supermarkets a

Harvest Festivals

Since pagan times harvest festivals have been annual celebrations for successful harvests. They featured ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields. The common features were eating, merriment, contests, music and romance. Christians adopted these festivals to give thanks to God our creator for God’s goodness in the harvest. Today we give thanks for the harvest we have grown in our gardens, if we have one, and the harvest we are able to buy each day in the shops. We are reminded again of God’s generosity and we join with all God’s people in continuing to give thanks for God’s provision. We are invited to pray “give us today our daily bread” and to know that for most of us that daily bread is far more than enough. Harvest festivals also provide a time reflect on our ongoing desire for more. It is an occasion for us to confess that we too often are not satisfied and many in the West in particular are driven to have more. This has resulted in a signific

Feet of Clay in a Storm

Is available to be listened to here G ate Pa - 21 June 2015 – 12 th Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Psalm                         Psalm 133                   First Reading:            1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16    Second Reading:        2 Corinthians 6:1-13               Gospel:                        Mark 4:35-41                                         What I want to say: explore the nature of our heroes and suggest that for them to inspire us we need to see them as real people. This includes great heroes of faith, including Paul and disciples. In light of that want to explore story of calming of storm. We are disciples of today. Where are we in this story? What storms rock our world? What I want to happen: What demonic and destructive powers is Jesus overcoming, speaking words of peace to? The Sermon      1.      Introduction: We all have heroes people we look up to? seek to emulate wish we could be? are inspired by? who are you hero