Sermons on John
Our online service for Pentecost, 31st May 2020, exploring the gift of the Holy Spirit who connects us with God’s love and the love of God’s people. Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, there has been a significant negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:
Our online Sunday service, exploring what it means to wait, as Jesus’ disciples waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. One of our services for Thy Kingdom Come, a global wave of prayer. Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, there has been a significant negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:
Our Cyncoed Ministry Area online service for Sunday 17th May 2020, about having the courage to approach God and pray for God’s blessing. Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, we are anticipating that there will be at least some negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:
Our Cyncoed Ministry Area online service for Sunday 3rd May, exploring what it means to hear God’s voice and help make a difference in these challenging times.
Our online service, reflecting on how God meets us in our questions and doubts.
Our crowdsourced, online service for Passion Sunday – with readings, reflections and prayers.
Our crowdsourced, online Sunday service for Mothering Sunday, 22nd March 2020, with readings, reflections and prayers.
Either way, as we consider today’s readings, I wonder what we can learn about living in the wilderness of life, and how to be sustained spiritually in the midst of difficult times? Given the times in which we are currently living, with the spread of the Coronavirus, and the increasing concern it brings, this is perhaps a very timely theme to explore together.
The good news entrusted to us, is that our God is the God who comes to us. The God who, even in our sinfulness and brokenness, ministers to us. In fact, who ministers to us precisely because of our sinfulness and brokenness.
Second Sunday of Epiphany Readings: Isaiah 49.1-7; Psalm 40.1-11; 1 Corinthians 1.1-9; John 1.29-42 (view all) Having just concluded a period of celebration of the amazing and wonderful birth of Jesus… His virgin birth. The angels announcing his birth to the very startled shepherds. The three wise men who had travelled a vast distance over a long period of time, guided by a star. The need for his parents to flee with him to Egypt for his own safety, when…
In our penultimate episode from Acts today, we hear about Paul and Silas, who bring freedom to an unnamed slave girl from spiritual possession, and yet, as a consequence, find themselves in a very physical captivity, as they are thrown into jail overnight. So, what does it mean to be set free? Why is it that in our time we still find ourselves enslaved in so many ways? And how can the chains which bind us today be worked loose, and their hold on us broken?
Whatever your method of choice, whether it’s exchanging cards, presents, flowers, even planning dramatic acts of devotion, as human beings we are always trying to find ways to express our adoration to one another — whether it’s our partners, our family or friends. This morning’s gospel reading features a similar act of devotion from Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, as she anoints Jesus with perfume. So what is the significance of this dramatic act, and the reactions of those around Jesus? And how might we be encouraged and challenged in our devotion today?