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  • Apr2Fri

    Jesus didn't die for your sins

    Good Friday Sermon 2021 April 2, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    It’s almost impossible not to come to a Good Friday service 

    and feel sorry for your imperfections, 

    and assume that the sermon will have as its title: 

    “Jesus died for your sins.” 

    And no doubt there will be a majority of preachers today preaching a sermon on precisely that theme.

  • Mar21Sun

    Jeremiah brings hope

    Sermon for Lent 5 B (Jeremiah 31:31-34) March 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In our year of living with COVID-19, 

    many of us have felt like we’re under siege as well.

    We’ve been fearful these past 12 months.

  • Mar7Sun

    Cleansing for Justice

    A sermon for Lent 3 March 7, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Whoever now visits this coastline, and drives along the coastal highway, will notice an impressive row of exclusive clubhouses.

    The coastline is still as dangerous as ever, 

    but most of the shipwrecked people drown.

  • Feb21Sun

    Lenten repentance of “Ham’s Curse"

    Black History Month meets Lent 1 February 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We need to repent and lament these texts that have been taken for over the centuries to abuse Black people.

  • Jan31Sun

    Exorcising for justice

    A sermon on Mark 1:21-28 January 31, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    What authority can we muster to destroy racism and prejudice?

    What authority can we claim to search out the white supremacy culture in our own hearts, in our own institutions?

    What power can we summon to call out the evils of consumer capitalism that enrich the Wall Street gamblers 

    and the top 0.01% 

    while the have-nots and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID?

  • 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.