Our Gospel reading places us as a sheep belonging to Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Those who have been coming for a while know that I sometimes like to start my sermons with a joke, just to wake everyone up if the readings were dull or no one knew the last hymn.
I try to find a joke that somehow cleverly fits the theme of the sermon. This week I was trying to find sheep jokes and failed to find anything remotely relevant. But this is Marathon Sunday, and lots of our regulars are cut off or at least have their transport here disrupted… I was tempted to treat it as a teacher treats the last day of term and suggest that you all just “bring in games.” I have no excuse for the following jokes, other than that I am bringing in games!
So: What do you get if you cross an angry sheep and a moody cow?
Happy Easter!! Jesus Christ is risen to day – Alleluia! We have gathered to celebrate something strange and often poorly understood – the resurrection is a mystery. It is literally impossible to take it literally because the Gospels disagree on the details. The resurrected Jesus is solid enough to eat fish by the side ofContinue reading “Easter Day 2015”
This Palm Sunday morning I want to reflect on a story of a controversial figure – everyone in the nation had heard of him, he was loved by some and hated by others. He seemed to always speak his mind , and every word was analysed – and hailed as wit and wisdom by hisContinue reading “Palm Sunday”
We’ve passed the half way mark now on our journey through Lent, the season when we enter into Jesus’s wilderness experience . Jesus withdrew from everything he enjoyed – the company of his friends, the opportunity to share his thoughts with his followers, the food and drink which he relished, worship in the synagogue orContinue reading “Passion Sunday by Margaret Offerman”
Lent is upon us. For many of us, long hard weeks without chocolate, or biscuits, or alcohol are about to begin. I’m going vegan again – which I did last year and at first it felt hardcore-Lent-to-the-max!! But I quickly felt better and more alert & had more energy. But in a few days someContinue reading “Happy Lent to you”
Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What haveContinue reading “The Authority of Jesus (a sermon on Mark 1:21-28)”
Last sermon at Ascension! Boo hoo. But we have some very appropriate readings for the occasion, with lots of ascension happening, up and down these stairways to heaven. Stairways to heaven are a very foundational idea in Jewish and Christian thinking- heaven and earth are two dimensions of the same reality, and they are linkedContinue reading “Stairway to Heaven – a sermon by Heston Groenewald”
Today is the feast of the Epiphany when we celebrate the visit of the wise men. The word epiphany means revelation – suddenly seeing something true. The ‘Epiphany’ that season focuses on is the epiphany of Christ to the magi, although in the following Sundays that make up a whole “season” of epiphany we hearContinue reading “Epiphany: the journey of the Magi”
This morning we are thinking of prophets in our Advent preparations. And the gospel reading gives us John the Baptist, this iconic wild man in the wilderness. John stands in a long tradition of Jewish prophetic voices- voices that are calling for things to be different- calling for a society and a world that isContinue reading “Wilderness & Vineyard – a sermon by Heston Groenewald”