Category Archives: Sermons

It’s complicated

Christ Church Cathedral, GraftonPentecost 8A26 July 2020 [ video ] Another Sunday and another text that portrays women as reproductive pawns in the game of life played by men. In this case we have a powerful old man (Laban) trading … Continue reading

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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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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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