Sermons & Seminars

Fences. Joy Cowley. Aotearoa Psalms Mark 1:4-11   Does anyone make New Year’s resolutions these days? Did any of you make a New Year’s resolution? I guess it is not too late if you have a mind too. We are only one week in to another year. Why do we...
Susan Adams
An adaptation of work by Rex Hunt. For the past two decades there has a new “old” kid developing on the progressive religion block.  It is a movement called Religious Naturalism or RN.  While it may be new to many, it has a long pedigree stretching...
Glynn Cardy
The weird, the wonderful, and the wacky. I could be describing my Nana’s Christmas pudding.  A bit of everything went in.  All sorts of fruits, and nuts, and flour, and alcohol, and colourful things, and sweet things, and slightly sour things…  It...
Glynn Cardy
Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Caspar and Balthazar; Three Wise Men out of the East were they, And they travelled by night and they slept by day, For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star… Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   The...
Glynn Cardy
  Who are you - what are you waiting for? Christmas is only days away! 12 days away .... so it not unreasonable to suppose that all the conflation of stories and images that we have from Bible and seasonal cards are swirling about - including the...
Susan Adams John 1:6-8, 19-28
You might have noticed our notice board this last couple of weeks.  It’s a big orange sign with the words “You Matter” on it.    It’s a sign that signals our support for Presbyterian Support; and particularly for Shine: making homes violence free in...
Glynn Cardy
Advent literally means ‘coming’.  Like Christmas.  Like food, presents, and family.  Like expectations and memories.  Like holy days and summer.  Like a birth and a baby.  In non-literal language, maybe Advent can best be summed up in the words,...
Glynn Cardy
The baptism of children reveals some of the best things about church, in terms of belief and practice.  Symbolically a child, or today two children, are at the centre of this rite.  For this moment our usual concerns – that is to say adult concerns...
Glynn Cardy
I received a letter last week asking why we (Christians) praise God.  I replied like this: Well, for a starter it’s a useless thing to do.  That is, praising God has no use.  Of course, some picture God as lapping it up, like a benign autocrat...
Glynn Cardy
 Wang Wei, writing in the 5th century, offers us the insight of one touched in prayer.  He did not travel away to a foreign location, or a temple.  Rather he welcomed, meditated, and prayed at home with a visiting monk.  He names the grass, the...
Glynn Cardy
There is a line in the epic Jazz movie, The Blues Brothers, following a visit by Jake and Elroy to church (the ‘preacher/singer’ is James Brown!) where they say ‘We’re on a mission from God’.  It is of course poking fun at our religious antecedents...
Glynn Cardy
Children’s Talk: The Bible reading today is a simple question to Jesus about what is the most important commandment, or to put it another way, what is it that God really wants us to do. And Jesus gives a very answer, quoting from the Book of...
Glynn Cardy
The text for St Luke’s day is a paradigmatic programme to go out in pairs - vulnerable with few material resources -  to visit homes, greet the house with the usual Judean greeting “Shalom”, eat whatever is set before you (even if not kosher) and...
Glynn Cardy
There is a myth used to explain suffering and death that goes something like this:
Glynn Cardy
Last week I mentioned one of the words or labels with which I identify: mystic.  When you put it into Google you soon discover you’re in the company of a whole gang of religious wierds and wonderfuls (and netball players!).  Wikipedia gives us a...
Glynn Cardy
  I begin with a blessing, for this sermon is about blessings. Blessed are those brief moments of gift, when the serendipitous slips into the sacred, when a lucky coincidence becomes a strange warming of the heart. Blessed is the hand there to be...
Glynn Cardy
Part 1:  A Story: This is a story about power and grace, and male ignorance and pride told by Bob Fulghum. “Jumper cables?  You got jumper cables, buddy?”  “Yeah, sure.  I got jumper cables.”
Glynn Cardy
Last week I told a humorous story from Bob Fulghum.  It’s good to have a smile.  Here’s another: The most time-bound man I know lives in my neighbourhood.  He’s always in a hurry – and always late.  Always harassed and fuzzed out.  I’m not exactly...
Glynn Cardy
It’s always good to have some fun on Father’s Day.  Even in church. So here’s a fun story about dads and daughters from that master storyteller Bob Fulghum: “Grand Junction, Colorado.  Hot afternoon in mid-July.  Local newspaper headline says: ‘...
Glynn Cardy
There are different kinds of fear.  There is the fear of having once committed an act of murder and now afraid of being caught by one’s conscience or the authorities.  That’s the fear Moses had.  He was hiding out in Midian.  Shutting off his former...
Glynn Cardy Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 20: 20-28

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