Sermon from the Priest-in-charge 2 November 2016

Sermon at the Solemn Requiem Mass at S Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, on All Souls’ Day, 2016. Among the great thinkers and teachers of the 20th Century was the Swiss philosopher and theologian Karl Barth. During an interview in his old age, a journalist asked him what was the most important truth he had … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 29 May 2016

Te Pouhere Sunday Isaiah 42: 10-21, 2 Corinthians 5: 14-19, John 15: 9-17 A fortnight ago we celebrated Pentecost when the church came to being among the believers through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Last Sunday we celebrated the revelation of God as Trinity: one God in three persons.  In the Book of Genesis … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 22 May 2016

Trinity Sunday Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31, Romans 5: 1-5, John 16: 12-15 One of the most touching moments of in a wedding is the first dance.  The formality of the liturgy is past, the speeches have been said, the cake has been cut, and the couple can relax and enjoy each other in a dance … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 15 May 2016

Pentecost 2016 Acts 2: 1-21, Romans 8: 14-17, John 14: 8-17 One of the highlights of the General Synod was the contribution of tikanga Pacifica where they explained to us the effects of storms and climate change on their island homes.   They gave us the gift of a slightly expanded Easter acclamation which is particularly … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Vicar 27 March 2016 Easter Day

Easter Day 2016 Acts 10: 32-43 Resurrection 1 Corinthians 19-26, John 20: 1-18 Christ is risen!  Alleluia! Today we celebrate the joy of our faith, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the truth; that the love with which Jesus loved is stronger than death, indeed it is the power of the resurrection.  … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Vicar 26 March 2016 Holy Saturday

The Easter Vigil 2016 Gen 22: 1-18, Exod 14: 10-15:1a, Isaiah 55: 1-11, Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Ezekiel 36: 24-28, Romans 6: 3-11, Luke 24: 1-12 The Easter Vigil is liturgy of the Church where whole proclamation comes together and we go right to the very core of our baptismal faith.  We began with the light … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Vicar 25 March 2016 Good Friday

Good Friday 2016 Isaiah 52: 13-53: 12, Hebrews 4: 14-16, 5: 7-9, John 18-19 Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.”  On Good Friday we witness to that love in all its fullness in Jesus death on the cross. Is it nothing to you, … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Vicar 24 March 2016 Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday 2016 Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26, John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 We come to the beginning of the Triduum, the three days where embark on a continuous liturgy which concludes with the Easter Vigil.  We are not in church the whole time, but three days make up a whole which moves … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 22 November 2015

Christ the King 2015   Daniel 7: 9-14, Revelation 1: 4-8, John 18: 33-37 The idea of the kingship of Christ in all the world has been controversial in recent times. It doesn’t go down well in interfaith discussions where memories of crusades and the like remain vivid. Secular thought can’t understand it, and within … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 25 October 2015

OS 30 Jeremiah 31: 7-9, Hebrews 7: 23-28, Mark 10: 46-52 A couple of weeks ago I spoke about begging in our city. Bartimaeus was one such beggar, sitting beside the road using his disability to evoke sympathy in order that he might get enough to survive. Meeting a person begging on the side of … [Read more…]