Category Archives: Sermons

Francis and the wolf

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Creation Sunday Blessing of the Animals 7 October 2018 [video] Let’s begin with a story … The date is 1220 CE, about six years before the death of Francis of Assisi. The place is Gubbio, a … Continue reading

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Capernaum’s child

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 23 September 2018   [video] Mark the Gospel artist continues working with his palette this week. He has crafted two powerful scenes, neither of which we have heard as we follow … Continue reading

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The turning point

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 16 September 2018 [video] In today’s gospel reading we reach the mid-point of Mark’s Gospel. I am not counting words, but describing the turning point in Mark’s overall story. More on that … Continue reading

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Crumbs of compassion

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 9 September 2018   [video] All three readings today revolve around the theme of practical religion. Proverbs 22 promotes compassion and integrity James 2 encourages generosity that pays no attention to … Continue reading

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The secret of the grain that falls

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton The Martyrs of PNG 2 September 2018 [video] In today’s Gospel—chosen for the festival of the PNG Martyrs—we have a classic piece of spiritual wisdom from Jesus: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of … Continue reading

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Building strong families

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost 12 (B) 12 August 2018     [video] The great lectionary diversion As basic pattern, each year over a three-year cycle, we focus on the witness of one Gospel to Jesus: Matthew in Year A … Continue reading

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Abundance

Pentecost 10B Christ Church Cathedral Grafton 29 July 2018 [video] This week’s Gospel offers us one of the all-time favourite biblical stories about Jesus. This story was so popular in the early church that we find it in all 4 … Continue reading

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Capturing our characters

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost 8(B) 15 July 2018   Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in words. Words are everywhere, and especially so in church. Big words. Rare words. Fancy words. Lots of words. As it happens I … Continue reading

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Not without honour

Pentecost 7B Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 8 July 2018 [video] In this week’s gospel passage Jesus goes home to Nazareth. This is another episode in Mark’s series as he sketches a Jesus who confronts, annoys, excites and irritates both his … Continue reading

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Marking Jesus: True kinship

Pentecost 3B Christ Church Cathedral 10 June 2018 [video] Have you ever imagined what it might have been like to have known Jesus during his life among us? To have walked the hills of Palestine with him, listened as he shared … Continue reading

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