the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jonah 3:10-4:113:10 When God saw what the Ninevehites did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. 4:1 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 4:2 He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! …

Seventy Times Seven

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Last Sunday’s message by Vicar Brian is still ringing in my ears. What a strong affirmation of the central principles of the Gospel, the ‘Good News’ we celebrate as disciples of Jesus Christ. For the centre of the Gospel is the good news that we are a redeemed community …

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 33:7-1133:7 So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.33:8 If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall …

the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 16:21-28 16:21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he mustδεῖ (dei) it is binding, it is necessary, it is proper; it is inevitable, go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering πάσχω (paschō) at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 And …

the 8th Sunday After Pentecost

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that …