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Insights - 2010 Archive

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Sermons from St Mary's Mornington

   This page contains all the available sermon recordings from 2010.  If you're looking for a particular sermon and it isn't here, then it probably wasn't taped.  (A few recordings have not been placed on the website, either because they are of very poor sound quality or because they contain substantial quotations from copyright material.)  Sermons uploaded within the past three weeks are labelled as new.

   The table below also lists the Gospel reading for each service (which is often, although not always, the subject of the sermon), and sometimes other relevant readings as well.

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A Silent Night?NEW26-Dec-10Matthew 2: 13-23Life after Christmas - incarnation in a dangerous world.  (Ven Jan Clark)10:35/
1.81 MB
11:30 p.m.
John 1: 1-14The gift of Christmas - why we are important, even in an unimaginably large universe.  (Alan Firth)13:04/
2.24 MB
Signs of HopeNEW5-Dec-10Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15: 4-13; Matthew 3: 1-12The call to come home; hope and renewal for the community of God.  (Ven Jan Clark)13:53/
2.38 MB
Unpredictable Certainty
28-Nov-10Isaiah 2: 1-5; Romans 13: 11-14; Matthew 24: 36-44"It will happen" - Advent, advertising and the return of Christ.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:12/
2.78 MB
What Sort of King is This?
7:00 p.m.
1 Samuel 8: 4-20; John 18: 33-38Good and bad kings - Saul and Pilate and Jesus.  (Jo Fielding)18:40/
3.20 MB
Light in Dark Places
14-Nov-10Malachi 4: 1-2a; 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13; Luke 21: 5-19Doom, gloom and hope - Harry Potter and the destruction of Jerusalem.  (Alan Firth)12:46/
2.19 MB
Hoping for the Best
7-Nov-10Job 19: 23-27a; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-17; Luke 20: 27-40Life after death - what we believe and what we actually know.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:14/
2.78 MB
A New Saint is Born Again
31-Oct-10Acts 2: 29-39; Romans 6: 1-8; Mark 1: 9-20The community of saints, and the meaning and purpose of baptism.  (Revd Roger Barker)15:35/
2.67 MB
Know Thyself
24-Oct-10Luke 18: 9-14The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.  (Revd Roger Barker)14:41/
2.52 MB
Joy and Thanksgiving
7:00 p.m.
Nehemiah 8: 9-18; John 16: 1-11The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, seen in a Christian context.  (Revd Roger Barker)11:05/
1.90 MB
Giving Thanks
10-Oct-102 Kings 5: 1-3, 7-15c; Luke 17: 11-19The one who came back - the strange details of an outwardly-simple story.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:59/
2.91 MB
The Tapestry of Creation
3-Oct-10Deuteronomy 8: 6-10; Romans 8: 18-25; Mark 4: 26-32Rare beetles and the purpose of the universe: secular and Christian motives for the Care of Creation.  (Alan Firth)15:06/
2.59 MB
Doors and Gates
26-Sep-10Amos 6: 1a, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6: 6-19; Luke 16: 19-31Reliance on God or on riches - the parable of the closed gate.  (Revd Roger Barker)14:48/
2.54 MB
Building Temples
7:00 p.m.
Ezra 1: 1-11; John 7: 14-36From dream to nightmare; the restoration of the temple, and what came afterwards.  (Jo Fielding)18:21/
3.15 MB
Lost and Found
12-Sep-10Exodus 32: 7-14; 1 Timothy 1: 12-17; Luke 15: 1-10The joy of finding something that was lost - some illustrations of God's character.  (Revd Roger Barker)21:49/
3.74 MB
The Cost of Discipleship
5-Sep-10Deuteronomy 30: 15-20; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14: 25-33Costly grace: Jesus' uncompromising but essential message about putting God first.  (Revd Chris Holmes)21:08/
3.62 MB
One Thing or the Other
22-Aug-10Isaiah 58: 9b-14; Hebrews 12: 18-29; Luke 13: 10-17Two very different pictures of the nature of God, and their implications.  (Revd Roger Barker)18:40/
3.20 MB
The Assumption
7:00 p.m.
Acts 1: 6-14Connecting earth and heaven - the Assumption, the Ascension and the liberation of Le Quesnoy.  (Barbara Dineen)16:19/
2.80 MB
No Worries, Mate!
8-Aug-10Genesis 15: 1-6; Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16; Luke 12: 32-40"Even though he did not know where he was going" - examples of faith in action.  (Revd Roger Barker)18:51/
3.23 MB
Pharaoh's Dream
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 41: 1-16, 25-37Significant dreams, and how to deal with them.  (Revd Roger Barker)11:05/
1.90 MB
Doing Likewise
11-Jul-10Luke 10: 25-37The nutty Samaritan - how a popular parable is about much more than being nice to strangers.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:53/
2.89 MB
A Blueprint for a Church
4-Jul-10Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20A system for ministry which Jesus organised, and how it compares with the Christian Church.  (Alan Firth)12:36/
2.16 MB
Facing Opposition
27-Jun-101 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5: 1, 13-25; Luke 9: 51-62Competing interests: Jesus' reaction to rejection and to incomplete commitment.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:39/
2.85 MB
The Scapegoat
20-Jun-10Luke 8: 26-39How one healing affected the rest of the community, and created a new ministry.  (Bishop Kelvin Wright)11:14/
1.92 MB
Receiving Ministry
13-Jun-10Luke 7: 36 - 8: 3Some people who ministered to Jesus, and how self-sufficiency can get in the way of love.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:33/
2.84 MB
Te Pouhere Sunday
6-Jun-10Deuteronomy 6: 1-9; 2 Corinthians 5: 14-19; Luke 6: 46-49Cultural or theological?  Reasons for the three-stranded structure of our church.  (Revd Roger Barker)12:11/
2.09 MB
One True God
30-May-10John 16: 12-15The paradox of the Trinity in a religion which firmly proclaims a single God.  (Revd John Sherlock)15:46/
2.70 MB
Prayer and Preparation
7:00 p.m.
Isaiah 44: 1-8; Ephesians 4: 7-16Preparing for the important, neglected feast of Pentecost.  (Revd Roger Barker)11:26/
1.96 MB
The Third Age
8:00 a.m.
Acts 16: 16-34; Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17: 20-26The world after Ascension and Pentecost - how the Holy Spirit can work through anyone.  (Alan Firth)9:07/
1.56 MB
Do You Want To Be Healed?
9-May-10John 5: 1-9Stories of healing in the Gospels, and how healing and absolution are not entirely distinct ministries.  (Revd Roger Barker)16:10/
2.77 MB
Awash in Grace
2-May-10Acts 11: 1-18; John 13: 31-35Baptism and service - water as a channel for love and grace.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)7:22/
1.26 MB
All Good Things . . .
25-Apr-10Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8; Revelation 21: 1-4; Mark 15: 33-37, 16: 1-2, 5-7Christianity and war: reconciling Anzac Day with the season of Easter.  (Alan Firth)10:47/
1.85 MB
Finding the Tipping Point
7:00 p.m.
Isaiah 38: 9-20; John 11: 17-44Hezekiah, Lazarus, Jesus and ourselves - four stories of life renewed.  (Jo Fielding)28:37/
4.91 MB
Even Those Who Pierced Him
11-Apr-10Acts 5: 27-32; Revelation 1: 4-8; John 20: 19-29Looking back to the beginning of the Church after the Resurrection, in a moment of love and forgiveness.  (Revd Roger Barker)15:38/
2.68 MB
The Mood of Easter
4-Apr-10Isaiah 65: 17-25; 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26; Luke 24: 1-12A reminder of joy - why Easter isn't an intellectual exercise.  (Revd Roger Barker)14:27/
2.48 MB
One of Us
7:00 p.m.
2 Chronicles 35: 1-6, 10-16; Luke 22: 1-13Ordinary evil: Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus.  (Revd Roger Barker)11:37/
1.99 MB
Words of Warning
7-Mar-10Isaiah 55: 1-9; 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13; Luke 13: 1-9The difference between prohibitions and warnings, and how we so often ignore the latter.  (Revd Roger Barker)15:59/
2.74 MB
Promise and Call
28-Feb-10Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18; Luke 9: 28-36A vision for the future - Abram, the Transfiguration and Bishop Kelvin's ordination.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)11:32/
1.98 MB
Talking About Sin
7:00 p.m.
Jonah 3: 1-10; Luke 18: 9-14"What do I need a Saviour for?" - pride, humility, and our society's last taboo subject.  (Revd Roger Barker)15:12/
2.61 MB
14-Feb-10Jeremiah 17: 5-10; 1 Corinthians 15: 12-20; Luke 6: 17-26An old story and a new beginning - Kelvin Wright's last Sunday sermon as Vicar of St John's Roslyn.17:17/
2.96 MB
I and Thou
7-Feb-10Isaiah 6: 1-8; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11; Luke 5: 1-11Relationships with objects and with people, and encounters with God.15:40/
2.69 MB
The Wages of Sin
31-Jan-10Luke 2: 22-40Good and evil and stupidity: the real reason for avoiding sin.14:54/
2.55 MB
Freedom and Fear
24-Jan-10Luke 4: 14-21An unexpected omission of vengeance - God's absolute love, and human reaction to it.14:55/
2.56 MB
The Wedding at Cana
17-Jan-10Isaiah 62: 1-5; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; John 2: 1-11The best wine last - how Jesus' first miracle sets the pattern for our relationships with each other and with God.15:16/
2.62 MB
Perfection  10-Jan-10Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22Why the pursuit of perfection isn't the way to God.9:50/
1.68 MB
Seeing and Doing  3-Jan-10Matthew 2: 1-12Different sorts of knowledge, and the three components of wisdom.13:07/
2.25 MB

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