Thoughts on the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero (14/10/2018)

Our Gospel passage from Mark asks the question, ‘What must I do, to inherit eternal life?’ Of course, at one level, the answer is simple; salvation is a gift of grace, which does not need earning. But in his response, Jesus implies that those with faith know that the things of the world will count for less than our love for God.

Oscar Romero spoke directly to people, from the heart. He once said: ‘What an honour to think that all of you before me are Christ! Even the humblest peasant, maybe pondering there next to a radio, you are Christ!’ (13 January 1980). And, ‘Christ is the homily that keeps explaining to us that God is love… Christ is God’s homily preaching to you’ (27.10.80). (https://www.catholicireland.net/oscar-romero-the-preacher/ accessed 12.10.18)

What did Romero do, ‘to inherit eternal life’? He followed his faith and continued to proclaim the Gospel, where ever it took him, even at the cost of his own life.

A sermon to mark the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador by Pope Francis in Rome today.  Delivered by Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer, Asst. Curate, at the Sung Communion service at St Paul’s on Sunday 14th October 2018 (Twentieth Sunday after Trinity).

Readings: Job 23 1-9, 16, 17; Heb 4 12-16; Mark 10 17-31

Archbishop Oscar Romero Mark 10 17-31 NvF Trinity 20.docx

Pewsheet 14th October 2018

A sermon for Harvest Sunday (7/10/2018)

‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon (wealth). Therefore, I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.’  (From the Gospel reading: Matthew 6. 25-33)

The passage tells us not to worry about mammon, because the heart cannot serve two masters, and therefore do not worry about our lives and what we need to survive, because in lean years and years of plenty, what really matters is the kingdom of God.

A sermon for Harvest Sunday by Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer, Asst. Curate, delivered at the All-age service at St Paul’s on Sunday 7th October 2018 (Harvest Festival, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity).

Readings:  Joel 2: 21-27; Timothy 6: 6-10; Matthew 6: 25-33

Harvest 07.10.18 NvF Matthew 6 25-33

Pewsheet 7th October 2018

On Our Side (30/09/2018)

If the Lord had not been on our side, – then our enemies would have swallowed us alive!  So let us continue to pray and to act together for the needs of God’s Creation and all those who wish to live in harmony in His Earthly Kingdom.  Amen.

On Our Side.  A sermon by Norman Allen, delivered at matins on Sunday 30th September 2018 (Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity).

Readings: Psalm 124; Esther 7, 1-6, 9/10, 9, 20-22; James 5, 13-20; Mark 9, 38-50.

On Our Side

Pewsheet 30th September 2018

Value, hierarchy and worth in God’s kingdom (23/09/2018)

Modern society is obsessed by appearance, possessions, achievement and status, as if all our worth only comes from what we do, or what we have, rather than who we are, as people. It’s a constant pressure and in the end, if left unchecked, it’s a pressure that undermines our confidence and our belief in ourselves and those around us.

But Jesus tells us to reject the values of the world and be confident of our place in God’s kingdom, because there is no hierarchy of value in God’s eyes.

A sermon by Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer, Asst. Curate, delivered at the Sung Communion service at St Paul’s on Sunday 23rd September 2018 (Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity).

Based on the Gospel reading:  Mark 9: 30-37

Sermon Mk 9 30-37 NvF 18.09.18

Pewsheet 23rd September 2018

 

A sermon on baptism as a symbol of ‘washing our hearts’

In our service today, we have two baptisms. Like Jesus, we are baptised with water. In baptism, we receive a symbolic ‘washing of our hearts’. God cares about what goes on inside us, and God knows that we cannot wash our own hearts. So, when we are baptised, God ‘washes our hearts’ with the Holy Spirit, through our faith in Jesus, to make us right with God and bring us into the family of God.

A sermon on baptism and the ‘washing of our hearts’, by Asst. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer.  Delivered at the All-age Communion service on Sunday 2nd September 2018 (Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity).

Based on readings:  Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23; Song of Solomon 2.8-13; James 1 17-27.

Mark 7 1-23 NvF All Age

What is a worthy life? (5/08/18)

Our second reading today came from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4 1-16) . Paul writes, ‘Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called’. This is something we could say to little Orla, who comes to join us, as a member of our church, by being baptised today, but it is also good advice for the rest of us.

But what does Paul mean by living a worthy life? What is a worthy life?

A Sermon delivered by Asst. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer at the All-age Communion service on Sunday 5th August 2018 (Tenth Sunday after Trinity).

All Age Sermon Eph. 4. Aug 5 2018 NvF