Category Archives: Grafton Cathedral

Peter and Paul

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Feast of St Peter & St Paul 28 June 2020   [ video ] Around the year 55 CE Paul wrote the following words near the start of his letter to the rather ‘high maintenance’ Christian … Continue reading

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Hagar the Egyptian

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) 21 June 2020 [ video ] Sometimes the lectionary offers us a set of biblical texts that welcome us into a space where we can explore and celebrate the sacred … Continue reading

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A bountiful harvest

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Second Sunday after Pentecost 14 June 2020   [ video ] It is so hard to pass by the iconic story from Genesis 18, when Abraham and Sarah offered hospitality to three strangers only to discover—with … Continue reading

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The eighth day of creation

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost. Sunday 31 May 2020 [ video ]   Everything begins in chaos Darkness Tohu vabohu, writes the ancient Hebrew poet Formless Empty Immense swirling oceans (the Deep) No light at all from any source Then … Continue reading

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Creating a Network not forming a Crowd

Palm Sunday Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 5 April 2020 [ video ]   It is Palm Sunday, a day for crowds. There were crowds in Jerusalem at Passover time 2,000 years ago … There are crowds in Jerusalem for Palm … Continue reading

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Faith community compassion generosity

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A) Grafton Cathedral 22 March 2020 [ video ] The gospel set for today is strangely apt and yet it strikes a chord that spells fear, not hope. Jesus is in Jerusalem and he encounters a … Continue reading

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Clean hands and open hearts

This opinion piece appeared in The Daily Examiner on Thursday, 12 March 2020 “Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.” With these seven simple words, Dr Abdu Sharkawy, concluded a recent Facebook post about the coronavirus. Dr Sarkawy is a … Continue reading

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Solidarity in blessings

First Sunday of Lent (Year A) Christchurch Cathedral Grafton 1 March 2020 [ video ] Perhaps not surprisingly on this first Sunday in Lent, the Bible readings chosen for today tends to focus on temptation and sin. For sure there … Continue reading

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Think different

Grafton Cathedral Epiphany 6A 16 February 2020   [ video ] Between 1997 and 2002, Apple Computers (as they were then called) had a highly successful advertising campaign that transformed perceptions of them and their products, while encouraging people to … Continue reading

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Religion that pleases God

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 9 February 2020   [ video ] Our readings today revolve around one really big idea. It is simply this: what kind of religion pleases God? You would think that after 2,000 … Continue reading

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