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25th Sunday after Pentecost

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Ezekiel 34:11-24 This Sunday is Christ the King or Reign of Christ Sunday.  This celebration is a relatively new addition to the Western liturgical calendar, beginning in 1925, less than 100 years old.  Even more recently, 1970, it was moved to this Sunday, the Sunday before Advent.  World War I left many countries in poverty […]

24th Sunday after Pentecost

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Judges 4 The book of Judges covers a time period after Joshua’s death and before the anointing of Saul as king.  The book is named after the central characters, the judges.  The term “judges” is broader than the meaning we associate with it today.  Judges are portrayed as tribal leaders who became regional leaders and […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Sometimes I look at the state of the world and wonder why the all-powerful God does not take charge and control things to prevent the horror, the pain and suffering that we see around the world.  Do you wonder this also?  Would you, like me prefer God did take charge?  I confess […]

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Joshua 3:7-17 Joshua has become the new leader now that Moses has died.  Can you imagine how Joshua felt?  I imagine he was rather anxious.  He had big shoes to fill. Moses “was unequalled … for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all […]

21st Sunday after Pentecost

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Deuteronomy 34:1-12 A few weeks ago I said that I identify with Moses.  That like Moses I tried making excuses when God called me.  I mentioned that I had a stole made which was presented to me at my ordination that had an image of the burning bush on it.  Well here at the end […]

20th Sunday after Pentecost

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Exodus 33:12-23 How did you go with last week’s question: I wonder if there are deities or idols that led us to misrecognize God and one another?  Geoff, on Sunday, asked the question: What idols do we make?  What do we invest in, worship and give power to?  Is it our cars, houses, new piece […]

19th Sunday after Pentecost

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Exodus 32:1-14 Only last week we read the Ten Commandments or the Ten Best Ways to live and I ended my reflection with a question: I wonder if there are deities or idols that led us to misrecognize God and one another? Despite the fact that God told the Israelite people that they were to: […]

18th Sunday after Pentecost

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Exodus 20:1-20 You may have heard of Godly Play.  Some of you may have even experienced Godly Play stories such as Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd and the parable of the Good Shepherd which I told on Sunday 3rd May earlier this year. Godly Play was developed by the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman. […]

Seasons of Creation Week 4

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Exodus 17:1-7 Despite the constant reminder that God was with them not only in the form of verbal promises, but visually and tangibly in the form of the pillar of cloud and fire which guided the Israelites they questioned God’s presence “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7). Recently in speaking to people […]