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  • Dec27Sun

    Simeon, honoured

    A sermon for the first Sunday of Christmas December 27, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    My homework for you this week is this:

    Think of one or two people who helped your parents raise you.

    Think about them, how they assisted your parents when you were young, and give God a prayer of thanks and gratitude for them this week.

  • Dec24Thu

    Is Christmas Cancelled?

    A sermon for Christmas Eve 2020 December 24, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    And yet, in the midst of the fear, we hear the words of the angel

    To those on their knees:

    “do not be afraid!”

  • Come to me!

    A reflection for the Longest Night Service, Dec 21 2020 December 22, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    When you’re young, you’re aware of the presence of loved ones at Christmas.

    And when you’re old, you’re aware of the absence of loved ones at Christmas.

    That’s a big difference.

  • Dec6Sun

    Comfort ye

    A sermon for a COVID Advent December 6, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Through this year, and into the new year, 

    we need to cling fast to the promises that Israel clung to,

    The covenant, the contractual relationship between God and God’s people.

    God will not abandon us and God does not abandon us.

    God promises comfort, and comfort will come.

  • Dec1Tue

    Prepare Slower

    A reflection on Advent 1 upon playing Bach's "Sleepers Wake" Cantata December 1, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    This Advent 2020, we need to set aside our previous preparations, 

    our preconceived notions, our busyness and more than ever, 

    try to slow down, so we can connect with each other, 

    hear each other 

    and help each other.

  • Nov23Mon

    Following Christ as Shepherd and King

    A sermon for the Reign of Christ 2020 November 23, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In those passages.

    irresponsible leadership is contrasted with 

    God (the good shepherd) as leader.

    God the good shepherd, we are reminded

    is a good leader active here and now.

    God is active in the world!!

    Amidst the worries and concerns of this Second COVID Wave.

    God cares for humanity

  • Nov11Wed

    Serve the Lord!

    A sermon for "Board Installation Sunday" November 11, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Before Joshua receives a response, he leads by example and answers his own question himself:

    but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (V15)

    Perhaps one of the most famous verses from the entire book.

  • Nov2Mon

    Wiping COVID Tears

    A sermon for All Saints Sunday 2020 November 2, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

     

    You can’t say a proper good-bye now when someone dies.

    And this has profound implications.

    It increases our suffering, and our need for comfort and consolation.

    But where will that come from?

     

    Our reading today provides that answer:

    From the shelter and canopy of God’s enduring presence with God’s people.

  • Oct19Mon

    Give to God what is God’s: the church in a quandary

    Foundation Sunday/ AGM Sermon October 19, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I think we need to stop hoarding.

    And to remember the preschool adage, 

    that sharing is caring.

  • Oct15Thu

    Thanksgiving is COVID-Wilderness Remembrance Day

    Thanksgiving/ Re-opening Sunday October 15, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Our first reading speaks to today’s situation, of having come through the wilderness of a closed church building, 

    these 7 months of worship desert,… 

    and now we are (almost) back in the promised  land, 

    back in church, at least,

    well …some of us, and for how long, …remains to be seen.