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Sermons and Reflections

Feb 20, 2019

The Beloved Physician

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Why did “Luke” write his Gospel?

And what purpose did he have, in depicting Jesus in the particular ways that he did, throughout this work?

The opening verses offer some clues. This book, that we know as “the Gospel of Luke”, actually describes itself, in these verses, as an “orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us”, written to a person named “lover of God” (in Greek, Theophilus). The book was written so that he might “know the certainty concerning the things about which you have been instructed”.

Feb 15, 2019

Epiphany 6

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Luke 6:17-26 

I feel that for the last few Sunday, the readings from Luke have been what scholars refer to as hard readings, that is, readings which make us uncomfortable and prod us about our way of life. This had led me to say difficult things in my sermons. This week, I thought, maybe it is time for a breather from such things. Then I read the text. Whack. It is another hard text from Luke, and there is no way of disguising or misrepresenting it, it is so stark. And it is aimed at people like me.

Feb 12, 2019

Push out to the deep

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Luke 5:1-11

The readings this week share a common theme, a theme centred around whom God calls, and whom God chooses to be God’s followers and disciples in the world. In addition, the readings also particularly highlight the weakness, sinfulness or unworthiness of those who are chosen. Isaiah, when faced with God, immediately proclaims his own uncleanness, and the unworthiness of his own people. Paul, rejoicing in the resurrection appearances of Jesus, states that he is unfit to be called an apostle. And Peter, faced with Jesus’ presence and power, after the great catch, falls to his knees with the cry he is a sinful man.

Despite this, each of these people did ultimately respond to God's call and were used by God in significant ways. It would seem that when God calls someone, the normal criteria for job fitness or suitability don’t seem to apply. In a nice biblical paradox, those who least expect the attention of God and a call to mission, are the very ones most likely to receive it. This, of course, would be a problem today in world where everyone must be over qualified for many jobs, and where the power and status of leadership are often held by the few.

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Quote for today

...But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. John14:17

About Our Church

Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering, fellowship and ministry.

We come together for authentic and Christ-centred worship. While we worship in a variety of styles, we share a common focus on faithfully listening for God’s Word and sharing His kindness and compassion with others. We express our love for God and others through a range of ministries, and connections with our community.

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