Discernment

Listen! John 16:13-15 | 1 Corinthians 14:26-31 Two weeks ago I spoke on the words from the book of Proverbs about the gaining of wisdom wisdom; about waiting, watching, listening, daily, for the voice of wisdom to be heard. And alongside those words we reflected on Jesus’ description of himself as the Good Shepherd; the one whose voice the sheep would recognise, the one they would follow because they knew who he was.… Read More... Read More

My sheep hear my voice

Listen! Proverbs 8:22-36 | John 10:1-10 “The curious fact about the most fundamental question of life, is that everyone answers it, but very few people ask it.” “‘What is a good life?’ Your life at every moment is your answer to that question; but if you haven’t answered it for yourself, then someone else is answering it for you.… Read More... Read More

Shrove Friday

Everyone is warmly invited to join us at the Manse on Friday 3rd March for dessert, coffee and wine; a chance to mark the beginning of Lent, and for Chris and Sureka to say “thank you” to the St. John’s community for a wonderful seven years…… Read More... Read More

Jesus prayed

Listen! Mark 1:29-39 | Philippians 4:4-9 So we’re here in a new year at the start of Jesus’s ministry. In the past couple of weeks we’ve read of his baptism by John, and of the first disciples called to follow him. Last week we reflected on the very different pathways of faith that the gospels describe and the followers of Jesus experience; those who know from the start that Jesus is truly the Son of God, and who spend their life of discipleship working out what that implies; and those who discover the man Jesus and slowly, in his life and teaching, discover that he is more than just Rabbi.… Read More... Read More

Two paths of discipleship

Listen! John 1:29-42 (Sermon from Jan 29th) John’s telling of the start of Jesus’ ministry is really quite strikingly different to that of the other three accounts of Jesus’ life in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Each of the other three gospels follows the baptism of Jesus with the story of his temptation in the wilderness, and then describe him starting to teach – leaving both wilderness and river Jordon behind and returning to Galilee, the region where he had grown up, and speaking in the countryside and in the synagogues, proclaiming the news of the Kingdom of God.… Read More... Read More

Jesus Baptised

Listen! Matthew 3:13-17 (Sermon preached January 22nd) When you look at sermons preached on the baptism of Jesus – and I certainly include my own in this – the pressing question seems to be “why did Jesus get baptised?”. And I don’t want to understate the importance of that question, especially in the light of John’s words, that his baptism was for repentance.… Read More... Read More