May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our redeemer. Amen

For a preacher, the use of the lectionary has many advantages. But it can also be somewhat challenging, trying to discern and understand what the central theme, which unifies a set of readings which don’t obviously at first cohere, actually is. … More May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our redeemer. Amen

By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac.

In 1990 we as a family were on holiday in Canada and, on Sunday, we went to church.  The bible reading was the same one we heard this morning, about Abraham and Isaac, about sacrifice and the voice of God.  The minister said that there was provision in the church hall for children during the sermon – and he encouraged parents to send their children to use that provision because, he said, what he was going to say might not be for young ears.  So, of course, our 8 year-old and 6 year-old decided they were going to stay. … More By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac.

It is typical. Typical of God’s calling to us that is. That on the day of Pentecost, instead of being allowed to dwell on what it feels like and, means to have tongues of fire resting on you, the disciples have to go straight out and start preaching.   … More

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

So Matthew’s gospel begins with the promise of the Messiah, whose name will be Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us’; and it ends with the words of that Messiah: ‘and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’  And the way the church found to talk about this creator who is with us, in the flesh and in the spirit, is the doctrine of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Spirit; creator, redeemer, sustainer. … More Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Why do you stand looking up towards heaven?

It’s not the first question asked in the story of the Ascension; in some ways it’s the answer to the first question. The first question, you will remember was this: ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ It’s the equivalent of the children in the back of the car who, after a short time on the journey, ask: ‘are we there yet?’ … More Why do you stand looking up towards heaven?

‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.’

Have you noticed the mismatch between the question and the answer? Of course, it’s not unusual; Jesus often, with his disciples and with others, answers at a tangent, changing the direction, changing the ground of the conversation. Here, Thomas asks a question about a destination; and Jesus answers about a journey. He does talk about a destination, actually, but the destination he refers to is ‘the Father’. And then he says that if you want to know the way to the Father, then it’s the way to Jesus that you’re after. So where are you going, they ask him; and essentially he answers that he is going to himself. It’s all very confusing. … More ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.’

‘The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.’

Today, the day that Jesus was raised, the first fruits of God’s promise, the ultimate sign that the temple curtain with all its divisions and barriers had indeed been destroyed, and destroyed forever. Today we gather to celebrate that destruction, to celebrate the end of division, to announce new life, new future, new hope. … More ‘The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.’

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness

Preached on Sunday, 05.03.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair         Today, the first Sunday of Lent, we begin our journey toward Golgotha and Gethsemane, toward defeat and despair, betrayal and denial, suffering and abandonment, wholeness and hope.  Today we begin to consider again what a story from a different time and a … More Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness

Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts

Preached on Sunday, 26.02.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. The story begins with Moses.  Moses … More Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts