Category Archives: Wellington

Lockdown as Fasting

Today is the first Sunday of Lent, the time of year when we spend some time reflecting on our lives, and inviting the Holy Spirit to convict us and to form us in the image of Jesus more clearly. Through this Lent we’re going to be looking at some Spiritual practices and disciplines that can […]

Creativity

I wonder what you think, how you react, when someone starts talking about creativity or being creative. Maybe your mind immediately jumps to paints or fabric or wood, and what you could do with them. Maybe the phrase “creative accounting” springs to mind. Perhaps you shut down completely, believing that you aren’t creative and that […]

Open

I’m quite a fan of science fiction, reading it and watching it on TV and films. I love the way it opens up ideas and allows us to explore “what-ifs”. One of my favourite science fiction short stories describes the way in which a group of scientists invented an anti-gravity machine. At the beginning of […]

2021 Vision

This time last year, I was standing here telling you a couple of stories about tent pegs, and about how I felt that God might be encouraging us as a church to enlarge the place of our tent, to spread out, to lengthen the cords. I had no idea that this would mean enlarging out […]

Advent Waiting

A few weeks ago I arrived home from leading the Sunday service to find an email waiting for me. In the service we had sung “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.” and I had prayed using a phrase something like “we want to wait on You this morning, Lord”. The person who […]

Remembrance 2020

In the reading from John’s eye witness account of the good news of Jesus that Doug read for us earlier, we heard Jesus speaking to his disciples. The occasion is a meal, one of many that he would have shared with his friends, but this one was different. This is the last supper that Jesus […]

Sharing Faith

This morning the sermon is going to be a little bit different. Normally I spend most of the time talking about the passages and then make a couple of quick suggestions for how we might put them into practice. This morning it’s going to be the other way round. We’ve been exploring our church’s value […]

Being Accepting

I wonder if you’ve heard the one about the bride preparing for her wedding. She was anxious that she’d forget what order things would happen in during the service, particularly at the beginning when she would be in a bit of a daze. She talked to the vicar about this, and she calmed her down […]

Covid-19

So, we’re starting this term with a couple of sermons looking at big issues that have come up over the last six months or so. This week we’re thinking about Covid-19, and next week we’re going to look at Black Lives Matter, and the challenges of racial inequality. I know that some of you feel […]

Laziness and Work

As I was thinking about this morning’s theme, and the ideas of laziness and diligence that we’re exploring today, I was aware of this real tension that we have to keep hold of as we’re talking about them. On the one hand we’ve got lots of warnings in the Bible about the dangers of laziness, […]