Sermons from 2019
John Newton wrote the hymn Amazing Grace after he realised the evils of the slave trade he was involved with and, together with William Wilberforce, worked tirelessly to restore justice. And yet today slavery is still present in our world, even in our own country. The challenge of racial justice and intolerance is ever with us and challenges us to act in accordance with God’s principles.
Society in Jesus’ day was much concerned with status and guests at a meal were keen to sit at the places of honour on the table. ‘Don’t do that’, says Jesus, showing again the importance of humility in our lives.
One of the reasons Jesus became unpopular with the religious authorities of the day was that he was always challenging their mainstream views and traditional stance. And yet, 2000 years later, Christianity is viewed by many as the mainstream. How could we think differently and view the world through God’s eyes today, rather than rely solely on the view handed down? We sang an old and perhaps less familiar hymn as part of this service, which has some challenging words… [Continue Reading]
Although we refer to Jesus as Prince of Peace, in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 12:49-53) he says he has not come to bring peace but fire and division. How does this apparent contradiction stack up with what we know about Jesus?
Abraham is commended for his faith in believing, in his old age, that God would provide him not just with an heir but with so many descendants that there would be too many to count.
Today’s readings from Ecclesiastes “All is meaningless”, and the parable from Luke’s Gospel about the man who built more and bigger barns, help us to focus on the practical working out of the Gospel, which calls us to share our resources and our lives, and to live as one people. One of the items mentioned in Richard’s sermon was the Share The World’s Resources website, and in particular their call for article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,… [Continue Reading]
The story of Abraham meeting with the angels shows the importance of hospitality expressing God’s welcome, not to friends and those we know well but to the stranger, the incomer.
What I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you … the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 The story of the good Samaritan is so familiar that we can easily miss its challenge to us to confront the biases and prejudices we aren’t even aware we live with.
The story of the madman and the pigs is well known, but it’s not all about the pigs, nor even all about the man who was healed. This is a demonstration of Jesus’ power over evil, and something we all need to know more of, and to make make more use of every day.
Today is both Trinity Sunday and Fathers’ Day. Rana explores some links between the two.
At Pentecost we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, remembering how it empowered the disciples and made them Apostles – those sent to tell the good news. We also commissioned a new evangelism team – TELUSK, Touching Every Life in the Usk Valley – to go out and share the good news, here, today.
In the early days of the book of Acts, everyone assumed that Jesus had come only to save the Jews. But it soon became clear that this was something entirely new, something for everyone regardless of background, status, religion or ethnicity.