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Sermons and Reflections


Mark 4:26-34

One of history’s greatest speeches is that by Martin Luther King in Washington where he electrified the audience with his words:
I have a dream…

I wonder if you have had a dream like this. My dreams are often quite colourful and bizarre, and usually fall from my mind within moments of waking.

I mention dreams here because much of the Old Testament concerns a dream, as does the New Testament.

Jun 10, 2018

Was Jesus Crazy?

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Mark 3:20-35

Was Jesus crazy? According to Mark, that’s what Jesus’ family may have thought. We are in the middle of the third chapter of Mark. Jesus has healed people and cast out demons, including on a Sabbath, had a successful preaching ministry and has called his
12 disciples, including a tax collector. The authorities are worried because he is not part of the establishment, has not been formally trained. He is not acting under their authority or doing things their way. The religious leaders cannot deny that that Jesus is successfully healing people, instead, they question his motives and the source of his authority.

Jesus has returned to Nazareth, his hometown. The crowds are pressing in on him so that he can’t even go out to eat. His family arrives with the intent of stopping him and taking him home.

Mark’s discussion of Jesus’ visit to Nazareth begins and ends with the manner in which he was received by his family, who seem to think that he’s crazy (Mark 3:21). Sandwiched between these two parts of the story of his family’s attitudes is his encounter with religious leaders who suggest that Jesus might be in league with the powers of darkness. The reading addresses two major issues: Putting God first and whether Jesus is crazy.

Jun 9, 2018

Cultivating Curiosity

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From Richard Rhor's Daily Meditation. (https://cac.org)

In his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes:

Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions: a conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self-preservation, self-aggrandizement, and saving energy, and an expansive tendency made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk—the curiosity that leads to creativity belongs to this set. We need both of these programs. But whereas the first tendency requires little encouragement or support from outside to motivate behavior, the second can wilt if it is not cultivated. If too few opportunities for curiosity are available, if too many obstacles are placed in the way of risk and exploration, the motivation to engage in creative behavior is easily extinguished. [1]

How might we cultivate curiosity, openness, and the ability to change our minds (the meaning of the Greek word metanoia, usually translated as “to repent”)? A contemplative practice is anything that helps us open heart, mind, and body to union with God—the source of creativity. And so nurturing curiosity can be contemplative!

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Quote for today

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

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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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