Easter tears

Listen! Mark 16:1-8 “How do you write an Easter sermon when your eyes are full of tears”. These were the words, posted by a good friend on Facebook, that greeted me as I squinted at my phone first thing on Wednesday morning. I’d gone to bed without hearing any news the night before, so I wasn’t aware of the bombings that had taken place.… Read More... Read More

In remembrance

Listen! Mark 14:3-9 Our story from Mark Chapter 14, the anointing of Jesus, seems to represent a beautiful moment of calm in the eye of the storm. And there was certainly need of calm. A few chapters – and a few days – before, we’ve had the loud excitement of the triumphal entry: the crowds declaring their praise of Jesus, the one who comes in the name of the Lord.… Read More... Read More

Choir Director Wanted

We are looking for a creative and energetic choir director to take over and grow the St John’s choir. We want someone with a passion for four-voice Christian choral music and for developing the musical aspects of worship. Applications for either part-time or contract employment will be considered. The successful applicant must be willing to work within the ethos of the Uniting Church of Australia. … Read More... Read More

Great Ones

Listen!Mark 10:32-52 Now here’s one of those phrases that I’d never noticed before. They were going towards Jerusalem, Jesus going ahead of the disciples, who were filled with alarm; and those following behind were afraid. The passage follows on immediately from last week’s discussion, the camel and the eye of the needle, and Jesus’ promise that “with God, all things are possible”; Peter’s interjection that they, at least, had left everything behind for him, and Jesus’ assurance that their sacrifice would not go unrewarded.… Read More... Read More

Camels

Listen! Mark 10:17-31 If it wasn’t a bit disrespectful, I’d have to say that at this point in the story, Jesus has pulled off the biggest bait and switch in history. For the opening couple of years of his ministry he’s been all “the Kingdom of God is at hand”, “good news for the poor”, “the year of the Lord’s favour”, recovery of sight for the blind, healing for the sick, deliverance for the oppressed.… Read More... Read More

Who is he?

Listen! Mark 8:27-9:8 So we come today to a turning point in Mark’s gospel. It’s quite common amongst those who study the gospel to divide it into two parts; everything that leads up to Mark 8:29, and Peter’s proclamation of Jesus as the Christ, and everything that come after it. And despite my very strong inclination to always try to find a different reading than the default – if only to provoke myself into looking with fresh eyes – for once I’m just going to have to agree.… Read More... Read More