Sermon by Bishop Victoria Matthews 29 September 2015

Sermon for Michaelmas at St Michael and All Angels 2015 “There was war in heaven”. C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters in 1942 while a scholar of Oxford University. Lewis was already a household name because of his series of BBC radio talks entitled Mere Christianity. So when C.S. Lewis’ sardonic book of letters from … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 20 September 2015

OS 25 Jeremiah 11: 18-20, James 3: 13-4:3, Mark 9: 30-37. When the photo of Alyan Kurdi on the beach, face down and dead, went viral something changed. The Syrian civil war has been going on for quite a while and gruesome reports of its carnage have filtered into our media from time to time. … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 16 August 2015

Assumption 2015 Isaiah 61: 10-11, Galatians 4: 4-7, Luke1: 46-55 Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. One of the … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky Evensong 9 August 2015

Evensong OS 19B Job 39: 1-40- 40: 4, Hebrews 12: 1-17 When we lived on the West Coast we enjoyed some tramping up the rugged rivers around Harihari and climbing some of the lower mountains around the town and further south. It always felt quite an achievement to get into some of these places, and … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 9 August 2015

OS 19B 1 Kings 19: 4-8, Ephesians 4: 25-5:2, John 6: 35, 41-51 Elijah was frightened and alone when he sat down under that solitary broom bush. He wanted his life to end. Rather than giving him a pep talk the angel said to him, “Get up and eat.” Elijah noticed a freshly baked cake, … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 2 August 2015

OS 18B Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4: 1-16, John 6: 24-35 This week I have been at Arthur’s Pass with the middle school camp. It was great to be with our children as they explored the winter environment. For many it would have been a first, and I was most impressed how the children … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 19 July 2015

OS 16 Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Ephesians 2: 11-22, Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 Compassion has been called the bridge between sympathy and action. Sympathy involves our feelings and it is about how we identify with the situation of someone else. Sympathy is certainly not a bad thing and we can feel sympathetic about lots of situations … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 5 July 2015

OS 14B Ezekiel 2: 1-5, 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10, Mark 1: 1-13 When I was first on the West Coast and newly ordained I got the kind of call that every priest dreads. A young couple in a nearby town had lost a baby to cot death and would I come. As I went I … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 21 June 2015

Founders Day 2015 21 June 2015 Job 38: 1-11, Mark 4: 35-41 How good are your foundations? That’s a question that many have asked since the earthquakes. We have seen the huge effort to make secure foundations for the big building over the road. As we have discovered, foundations can seem okay until the challenge … [Read more…]

Sermon by Rev Anne Price 14 June 2015

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Cor 5:6-17, Mark 4:26-34 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of all our hearts be now and always acceptable to you, O Lord, our Rock and Our Redeemer. Amen A woman steps onto a stage, her Stradivarius violin tucked under her arm. She glances … [Read more…]