Sermons - February 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

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Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

10 February 2019

Calling fishy people
OS 5 (C)
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

It all takes place on the lake of Gennesaret, which is another name for the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is building a reputation and people want to hear what he’s got to say. On this occasion the crowd is big enough for him to have to commandeer a moored boat, and get its owner, a fisherman by the name of Simon, to put out a little from shore and use it as a floating pulpit. The shoreline at points has a series on steep inlets, with each inlet forming a natural amphitheatre. So by going just a little off shore you can talk in a natural voice, and anyone on the land can easily hear you...

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3 February 2019

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2:22-40

Liturgically, we seem to be in a time machine. We had Jesus as a baby, then his baptism when he was about thirty – and now we go backwards to when he was forty days old as his parents perform two customary rites.

Every religion has its rituals surrounding birth. What Luke describes here are two customary Jewish rites. A month after his birth, Jesus is presented in the temple. Being the firstborn male, Mary and Joseph consecrate him to God in thanksgiving for God’s protection of Israel’s firstborn in Egypt. But Mary also needed to undergo purification, as a woman who had given birth was considered ritually unclean, which meant she couldn’t participate in the full life of the worshipping community. Luke tells us all this in a very matter of fact way. He’s showing us a family that’s devout and faithful to their God. But then the tenor of the story changes...

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Sermons - January 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

20 January 2019

Abundance and extravagance
2nd Sunday of the Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11

It all began as an ordinary small town wedding – that is, as far as a wedding can ever be ordinary. Weddings are always special occasions, and this was no exception. It probably involved the whole town and also people from neighbouring towns, which is why Mary, her son, and his friends were there. As part of the celebration there was, of course, much food, dancing, storytelling – and wine. But then the wine ran out. This wasn’t just an inconvenience – it was a social disaster. The family would have to live with the shame of it for a long time to come. But then, at his mother’s request, Jesus comes to the rescue, and after a few quiet words turns water into wine – and not just a bit, but a lot. The story suggests that Jesus turned 450 to 680 litres of water into fine wine, the equivalent of about 600 to 700 bottles – no small amount – and this wasn’t chateau cardboard, but vintage wine...

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13 January 2019

You are God’s beloved child
The Baptism of the Lord – 1st Sunday of the Epiphany
Isaiah 43:1-7 & Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

What does the future hold? What will become of us? Does God really care about us? They are big questions, ones that you may well have asked. The people of Israel certainly asked them. They had been uprooted from their homeland and carted off into exile in Babylon, and there they remained for 70 years. They had lost everything: their hopes and dreams, their identity and sense of purpose. Their future was bleak. But now the prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope. All is not lost. It’s a word of assurance, a promise that there is a future beyond their shame and suffering...

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6 January 2019

The Gift of the Magi
The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
Matthew 2:1-12

We’ve reached Epiphany. The shepherds have gone and the wise men or magi have appeared. Three of them; well actually, we don't know how many there were; but three will do. Anyhow, ‘on entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’

Gifts are a big part of this story. The wise men offer their gifts, but they also open up the gift that God has given, and see what’s inside. It’s about the lights coming on – the mystery being revealed – the world seeing what the gift is that God has for all people...

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Welcome "home" Print E-mail

At the Advent Sunday 10am service, The Rev’d Margaret Thompson was given her licence to officiate in the parish as Priest Associate. We warmly welcome Margaret & Roy back - they were married in St Matthew's in 1974.

In an article for the parish magazine, Margaret wrote, "Advent Sunday, the start of a new liturgical year, seems an appropriate time to begin a new phase of ministry...I am delighted to be returning to my ‘home’ parish, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know St Matthew’s parishioners."

 
Sermons - December 2018 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

25 December 2018

The Vulnerable God
Christmas Day
Luke 2:1-20

I wonder … what is it that’s so attractive about Christmas. I suspect it’s got something to do with babies; after all, it’s what we sing about – a baby lying in the straw. Though interestingly, the Gospel writers tell us very little about the baby. All that Luke has to say on the subject is put in one sentence: ‘And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger….’ That’s it. We aren’t told his birth weight, what he looked like, the colour of his eyes, how well he fed, or how he slept at night. It’s a very abrupt statement about the birth of the world’s saviour. Yet, this baby holds our attention. I wonder why...

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23 December 2018

A Communal Visit
Advent 4 (C)
Luke 1:39-45

Mary has learned that she’s to be mother of God’s Son – the longed for Messiah. This is, surely, great news, but it’s also overwhelming and shocking. Could she even begin to take it in? How can Joseph or their relatives, her friends, the local Rabbi – how can any of them begin to understand her situation? Here she is – unmarried, probably a young teenager, and now expecting a child. Her pregnancy will be a major scandal. Who can Mary share this knowledge with, which probably remains inexplicable to her? Who will have any understanding; any empathy?

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16 December 2018

A tension-filled Advent
Advent 3 (C)
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Today is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, which simply means Rejoicing Sunday. It’s an obvious theme in the first two readings. Zephaniah tells the people:
   ‘Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart....
    God will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.’

Then Paul writes to the faith community in Philippi:
   ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice … the Lord is near.’

A rather clear message – All will be well. God is at hand. It’s a reassuring thought, especially for those who first heard these words...

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(9 December 2018 - Guest Preacher)


2 December 2018

Signs of Hope
Advent 1 (C)
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Welcome to Advent. Welcome to the beginning of a new year. The purple marks this season out as a time of preparation and waiting for a coming (because that’s what advent means: coming). We tend to focus on the coming of Jesus at Bethlehem. But Advent is far bigger than that. So let’s take a journey through our readings and see what it is that we’re waiting for...

... As we begin this New Year, stand tall and be filled with hope. When we live in love and act in hope … when we gather again and again at the altar-table to experience what Jesus did, and to know that Jesus is with us, we are people of Advent hope.

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Sunday Prayer Vigil Print E-mail

Sunday Prayer Vigils are held each Sunday from 9.15 to 9.35am in the Lady Chapel.

Everyone is welcome to come along, to pray for God's guidance and blessings on our Vicar Helen, on St Matthew's Parish community and our wider community, and the city of Hastings.

 
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