Lent

Sermons for the Season of Lent

A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent (07/03/21): The Sign of Cleansing the Temple

  The Sign of Cleansing the Temple  John 2:13-22  John’s Gospel is a book of signs.  In it there is a series of miraculous occurrences which disclose just who Jesus is.  The first of these signs is the  Changing of Water into Wine. The series leads through the Raising of Lazarus and of course culminates …

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A Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent (28/02/21): Take Up Your Cross

Take up your Cross Mark 8:31-38 Jesus has taken his disciples away from Galilee, into gentile territory. He has led them away from the press of the crowds and the busyness of his mission. You might almost call it a retreat, a time to take stock and reflect. He ask his disciples two questions: First: Who do people say that …

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A Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent (21/02/21): God’s Hero in the Conflict between Good and Evil

  God’s Hero in the Conflict between Good and Evil  Mark 1:9-15  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John  in the Jordan. This is the beginning of the Gospel, the story that Mark has to tell. Up to this point what he has written has been prologue, introduction. The ministry …

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A Sermon for Good Friday (10/04/20): Why Can’t Jesus Come Down from the Cross?

Why Can’t Jesus Come Down From The Cross Matthew 27:33-54 Jesus’ death is a puzzle to us. Even though we know Jesus dies. Even though we have been told, and try to tell ourselves, it was always part of the plan. Even though we know that in three day Jesus will rise again, that it turns out alright …

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A Sermon for Maundy Thursday (09/04/20): When We Can’t Take and Eat and Drink

When We Can’t Take and Eat and Drink  Matthew 26:26-30 Jesus says to his gathered disciples as he offers them bread: “Take, eat, this is my body.” And as he hands them the cup of wine he says: “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured …

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A Sermon for Holy Week (2): The Fragrance of What Mary Did

The Fragrance of what Mary did  John 12:1-8  The final stage of Jesus’ journey starts here . Between the days of frantic activity Jesus rests in Bethany, the place called House of affliction. There are now just six days until the Passover. Which makes this Saturday night. The day of sanctified rest, the Sabbath, has come to an …

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A Sermon for Palm Sunday (05/04/20): A Political Drama – Part 2

The second of my Palm Sunday sermons picks up the theme of the second gospel reading for the day, Matthew 27:11-26. It also makes quite extensive reference to other parts of the Holy Week narrative. So you might also like to look at: Matthew 21:12-17, 26:47-68 A Political Drama – Part 2 Matthew 27:11-26 The …

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A Sermon for Palm Sunday (05/04/20): A Political Drama – Part 1

The lectionary offers two gospel readings for the 6th Sunday in Lent. The first is the obvious one, the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the second is the Passion Narrative. So for Palm Sunday I have two connected sermons. The first, here, on the Triumphal Entry and the second, later, on Jesus’ trial. …

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