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25 November 2018

Christ the King
John 18:33-37

Christ the King a grand title for this celebration that concludes the churchs year, though interestingly, were given an alternative name for it the Reign of Christ. That such a choice is offered, suggests some ambiguity about what it all means.

Whether were monarchist or republican, we need to lay aside our preconceptions of kingship, for none of them apply to Jesus. Indeed, if were to use the word king at all in relation to Jesus, then we must place inverted commas around the word, for we place human connotations onto the word. This is exactly what Pilate does in the exchange weve just heard...

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18 November 2018

Heralds of hope

Ordinary Sunday 33 (B)
1 Samuel 1:4-20; Hebrews 10:11-14,19-25; Mark 13:1-8

At the end of the 19th century a branch of my maternal family were members the Millennial Dawn Society, a group of Christians who came together to greet the coming Christ at the turn of the century. Each member contributed money to buy land on DUrville Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Family history records that our forebear, a man by the name of Samuel Dodge, eventually realised that it was, as he would later record, a load of Old Rubbish, and so withdrew.

Fascination with how and when Christ will return in triumph continues today. Religious channels on Sky TV reveal a preoccupation with the question, and passages such as the Gospel reading are a happy hunting ground for such religious groups. This passage is what we call apocalyptic literature, and its likely that the Millennial Dawn Society would have got quite excited by it...

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11 November 2018

Armistice anniversary
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Peace of the Nations (Isaiah 2:2-5); James 4:1-3; John 11: 17-27

One hundred years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, what had been trumpeted as the war to end war, finally came to an end. In its course, it is estimated that there were over 40 million military and civilian casualties, 15 to 20 million deaths, and about 23 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Weve been encouraged to share in a roaring chorus. This phrase comes from a report in the Evening Post of the 12th November 1918: There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds. Imagine the immense relief people must have felt when they learned that the war was finally over. Of course they celebrated. But a century later, and numerous wars and conflicts later; I cannot celebrate a day that brought to an end such horrendous suffering. What I can do is remember the tragic consequences of war, and reflect on what we have learned and have not learned. Our bells will ring, not in celebration of a military victory, but for the desire - the hope the yearning for the day when, as the prophet Isaiah dreamed, Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor ever again prepare for war.

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Sunday 4 November

All Souls Remembering our Dead

Psalm 23; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 6:37-40
On this day we remember our dead. Each of us has names and faces in our memory of those whose lives touched our own who helped make us who we are today whose influence we thank God for. Our presence here is testimony to the part they have played in our lives, and still do. These we remember before God with love and thanksgiving.

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Sunday 4 November

Saints with a small s

All Saints (B)
Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6A; John 11:32-44

Phyllis McGinley was an American poet who wrote a book called Saint-Watching. In it she says, When I was seven years old I wanted to be a tight-rope dancer and broke my collarbone practicing on a childs-sized high wire. At twelve I planned to become an international spy. At fifteen my ambition was the stage. Now in my sensible declining years I would give anything to be a saint. Phyllis was right. Were all called to be saints...

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Sunday 28 October

The Value of One
Ordinary Sunday 30 (B)
Mark 10:46-52

Jesus is leaving Jericho and is heading to Jerusalem to the cross. Hes focused on what lies ahead. As was the custom with any distinguished rabbi, Jesus teaches as he walks along, and so listeners surround him. Among them are his close disciples, but also many others. Some are pilgrims, also travelling to Jerusalem for Passover; others may simply be learners, intrigued by his teaching...

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Sunday 21 October

You're gonna have to serve somebody
OS 29 (B)
Mark 10:35-45

In the Gospel reading Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem translated, hes headed for the cross. By now we might imagine that the disciples would have begun to understand what awaited Jesus in Jerusalem, after all, in Marks Gospel, this is the third time hes told them what will happen up there: The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again. But no, the disciples dont get what Jesus is on about, and whats being asked of them. On a number of occasions Jesus says: Do you not understand? Dont you guys get it yet? But before we condemn the disciples as being rather dim-witted, lets see their denseness as encouraging. After all, we struggle, dont we, to grasp the implications of the gospel to live out a life of discipleship to understand what Jesus is asking of us. And yet, Jesus used these people, as he uses us, to be his instruments in bringing about the reign of God...

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Sunday 14 October

A presence in absence
OS 28 (B)
Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Where is God? Apparently absent. If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. Job longs to find God, to appear before God, to present his case, and to hear Gods answers. But finding God is the problem. God is nowhere to be seen nowhere to be found...

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Sunday 7 October

The Blessing of the Animals Lessons from Ewok

His name is Pericles (because Persian cats fit classical names), though hes known in the family as Ewok (because thats what he looks like). Hes turns seven this month, and he and I have a rather special bond. In fact, from time to time, my wife has to remind me that Im the human and hes the animal. Well, the other night, as he often does, Ewok jumped up onto the bed, climbed onto my chest and waited for me to give him a cuddle. As he lay there, I wondered: why is Ewok, or for that matter any pet, so very special? As I thought about it, I realised that this bundle of fur reminds me of how it can be with God...

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Sunday 7 October

Tough questions
OS 27 (B)
Job 1:1; 2:1-10 & Mark 10:2-16

There once was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. So begins a very powerful story powerful, because Jobs story is our story and the questions that Job asks, may be our questions powerful, because theres no escape into easy answers, no evading of the tough aspects of human existence...

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