What do we hope for in life? (3/03/2019)

When we think about our lives, we hope that our future will be one that takes us forward into growth, change and new opportunities. Much of life is directed towards hope.  I think our Gospel reading this morning, is a story about what we hope for.

A sermon on hope, love, the transfiguration of Christ and the meaning of baptism.  Delivered by Asst Curate Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer at the All age Communion service on Sunday 3rd March 2019 (Sunday next before Lent).

What do we hope for in life ? NvF Sermon 03.03.19

Readings: Exodus 34.29-end; 2 Corinthians 3:12- 4.2; Luke 9 28-36 [37-43a]

We hope for love from God and we hope to share God’s love with each other. And Jesus makes that possible. Jesus is like God’s token of love, for us to hold onto. When we see Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, what God is showing us, is that we matter so much to God, that God will break through the fabric of the universe, to bring us God’s message of love…..A baptism is declaration and a reminder of this love. 

Baptism, like the transfiguration, brings a bit of heaven to Earth, to remind us what we look forward to and hope for, the gift of love from God, in Christ.

Pewsheet 3rd March 2019

Stormy Waters (24/02/2019)

Stormy Waters – a sermon by Norman Allen CBE, Reader, delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 24th February 2019 (The Second Sunday before Lent).  Based on the Gospel reading:  Luke 8, 22-25

Jesus’s stormy passage recalls another maritime adventure, when the sail training ship Malcolm Miller was crossing the North Sea from Norway.  In a rising gale, she was making more than fifteen knots, with green seas washing the lee deck.  It was exhilarating sailing for the 39 boys, as they learned to trust the ship, and to discover themselves.

We balanced on the foot ropes, leaning over the yard, fighting the heavy canvas, to lash down the gaskets.  We were glad to scramble down to the heaving deck, to receive grins from our watches and the Skipper’s nod of approval.   Galilean fishermen would have been proud of us!

When Jesus’s disciples were afraid that they would die in the storm, He challenged them saying, – “Where is your faith?”  Faith is hard won, – the faith that the disciples discovered at the first Easter and began to preach to many peoples at Pentecost, – it is ours, especially when we risk unpopularity, as we face the storms of life, with hope and faith, – never flinching from speaking truth to power.

Readings:  Genesis 2 4b-9, 15-end, Revelation 4,Luke 8 22-25

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Pewsheet 24th February 2019