Sermon Archives

The Sermons page records those sermons preached within the current liturgical three-year cycle.
This Sermon Archives page lists previous sermons still on our server.

Christian Year Date Readings Preacher Theme/Title
Christian Year B (The Year of Mark) - 3 Dec 2017 - 1 Dec 2018
Christmas 1 31 Dec 2017 Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3
Psalm 148:1-6,11-13
Galatians 4:4-7
St Luke 2:22-40
Rev Dr David Gill “I’ll Ride with You” - God
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2017 Isaiah 52:7-10
Hebrews 1:1-4
John 1:1-14
Rev Dr David Gill Is it true?
Advent 4 24 Dec 2017 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
Rev Dr David Gill Mary: Advent’s Neglected VIP
Advent 3 17 Dec 2017 [A service of
lessons and
carols]
Rev Dr David Gill A Very Inclusive Nativity
Advent 2 10 Dec 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8
Rev Dr David Gill John the Baptist
Advent 1 3 Dec 2017 Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37
Rev Dr David Gill Rejoice in Hope!
Christian Year A (The Year of Matthew) - 27 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2017
Christ the King 26 Nov 2017 Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
Rev Dr David Gill The Servant King
Sunday 33 19 Nov 2017 Judges 4:1-7
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30
Rev Dr David Gill Don’t Hide God Under the Mattress
Sunday 32 12 Nov 2017 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Rev Dr David Gill Be prepared!
All Saints 5 Nov 2017 Revelation 7:9-17
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12
Rev Dr David Gill All Saints reminds us that we’re never alone on the way to the cross
Reformation Sunday 29 Oct 2017 Romans7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30
Rev Prof Clive Pearson On being justified
Sunday 29 22 Oct 2017 Exodus 33:12-23
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
Rev Prof Clive Pearson Tax returns in the kingdom of God
Sunday 28 15 Oct 2017 Exodus 32:1-14
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
Rev Prof Clive Pearson The hospitality of Christ
Sunday 27 8 Oct 2017 Exodus 20:1-4,7-9, 12-20
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
Rev Prof Clive Pearson Holy insecurity
Sunday 26 1 Oct 2017 Exodus 17:1-7
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32
Rev Prof Clive Pearson The humility of Christ
Sunday 25 24 Sep 2017 Exodus 16:2-15
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
Rev Prof Clive Pearson Twittering the Gospel
Sunday 24 17 Sep 2017 Exodus 14:19-31
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
Rev Prof Clive Pearson Forgivingness
Sunday 23 10 Sep 2017 Exodus 12:1-14
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:10-22
Rev Prof Clive Pearson "Let them be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector"
Sunday 22 3 Sep 2017 Exodus 3:1-15
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
Rev Prof Clive Pearson The cross happened at a particular point in (chronos) time, but it is also a Kairos moment
Sunday 21 27 Aug 2017 Exodus 1:8-2:10
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20
Rev Prof Clive Pearson The church has never been perfect; it never will be perfect. It is always called to be better than it is
Sunday 20 20 Aug 2017 Genesis 45:1-15
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 15:21-28
Rev Prof Clive Pearson What barriers may we have constructed around us – barriers to do with who is included and who is not?
Sunday 19 13 Aug 2017 Genesis 9:8-17
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
Rev Prof Clive Pearson It’s almost as if Jesus did not teach his disciples to pray, Our father in heaven, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Sunday 18 6 Aug 2017 Genesis 32:22-31
Matthew 14:13-21
Rev Chris Udy New beginnings.
Sunday 17 30 Jul 2017 Genesis 29:15-28
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,
44-52
Rev Chris Udy It’s in the way we live through difficult days that God’s goodness, love and power is revealed.
Sunday 16 23 Jul 2017 Genesis 28:10-19a
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30
Rev Chris Udy Look for God’s glory and hope in people and in movements where the fruits of the Spirit grow.
Sunday 15 16 Jul 2017 Isaiah 2:1-4
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
Rev Chris Udy We need a moral compass, leadership that’s positive and creative, examples in life that can motivate and inspire.
Sunday 14 9 Jul 2017 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Romans 7:14-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Rev Chris Udy "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Sunday 13 2 Jul 2017 Genesis 22:1-14
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42
Rev Chris Udy The reign of God approaches when we embrace vulnerability, extend a welcome, hold together – even when that’s difficult
UCA 40th anniversary 25 Jun 2017 Ephesians 2: 19-22
John 17:1-11
Bev Cameron
Bruce Roy
Warwick van Ede
Reflections by members of the congregation
UCA 40th anniversary 22 Jun 2017 Rev Dr David Gill Are we there yet? A sermon preached at the Lower North Shore Zone celebration
Trinity 11 Jun 2017 Genesis 1:1-2:4a
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20
Rev Chris Udy We need to live in community - as God does - and welcome and respect the richness of our experience and insight
Pentecost 4 Jun 2017 Acts 2:1-21
1 Corinthians 12:4-13
John 20:19-23
Rev Chris Udy Jesus gives his people the resources we need to live together in communities where people are different.
Easter 7 (Ascension) 28 May 2017 Acts 1:6-14
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
Rev Chris Udy The way we follow Jesus is to move between the tensions of life, to discover that God is with us in everything we do.
Easter 6 21 May 2017 Acts 17:22-31
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21
Rev Chris Udy None of us can live in freedom or in affluence or in peace until we all do
Easter 5 14 May 2017 Acts 7:55-60
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
Rev Chris Udy Between Easter and Pentecost is a time to think through what we believe, how our faith influences our lives.
Easter 4 7 May 2017 Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
Rev Chris Udy Any one of us has the potential for heroism; to challenge... to restore the heart and soul to broken systems.
Easter 3 30 Apr 2017 Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35
Rev Chris Udy When we travel on the road, share the stories of our life and faith, and break the bread, he’s with us once again.
Easter 2 23 Apr 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy Many who offered themselves for service in war understood that what they were doing was partly in response to the example they had seen in the life of Jesus.
Easter Day 16 Apr 2017 Acts 10:34-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
Rev Chris Udy Easter is our invitation to die to those things that have no enduring purpose; and to rise into a life that will last
Good Friday 14 Apr 2017 Matthew 26:1 - 27:26
Mark 15:1-47
Rev Chris Udy God is bringing new life - resurrection - even out of something that looks like death.
Palm Sunday 9 Apr 2017 Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 21:1-11
Rev Chris Udy God is bringing new life - resurrection - even out of something that looks like death.
Lent 5 2 Apr 2017 Ezekiel 37:1-14
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45
Rev Chris Udy Real life and real faith are risky and costly - more like a crucifix than a resurrection cross.
Lent 4 26 Mar 2017 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Rev Chris Udy Jesus communicated his concern for the people he met. When we do the same, we continue his work.
Lent 3 19 Mar 2017 Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Rev Chris Udy In trust, we will find resources for life welling up within us like a spring of living water.
Lent 2 12 Mar 2017 Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Rev Chris Udy In Lent we take on disciplines to enrich and revive our faith.
Lent 1 5 Mar 2017 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Rev Chris Udy Temptations don’t come to us in moments of weakness - they come to us through our strengths
Transfiguration 26 Feb 2017 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Who has the reality? It depends on how you see it.
Epiphany 7 19 Feb 2017 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.
Epiphany 6 12 Feb 2017 Isaiah 58:1-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20
Rev Chris Udy God’s purpose is life in full brilliant illumination – with integrity, and love, and joy, and hope, and peace.
Epiphany 5 5 Feb 2017 Isaiah 58:1-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20
Rev Chris Udy The reign of God has begun and it’s growing in the lives and work of little communities much like us
Epiphany 4 29 Jan 2017 Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
Rev Chris Udy The Sermon on the Mount is a vision of wholeness - an offer of guidance - the definition of a new relationship.
Epiphany 3 22 Jan 2017 Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
Rev Chris Udy Life is God’s gift, and it always comes to us from beyond our boundaries.
Epiphany 2 15 Jan 2017 Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
John 1:29-42
Rev Chris Udy John the Baptist encouraged people to follow Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s promises
The Baptism of Jesus 8 Jan 2017 Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Rev Chris Udy God invites you to join God’s work of love, and forgiveness, and healing.
Christmas 1 1 Jan 2017 Isaiah 63:7-9
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23
Rev Chris Udy Who is Jesus Christ for you today? What does the baby born in Bethlehem mean to you and your world?
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2016 John:1-14 Rev Chris Udy Christmas is an offering to the human face of God, whose features we see best round a Christmas table
Advent 3 11 Dec 2016 Isaiah 35: 1- 10
James 5:7- 10
Matthew 11:2-11
Rev Chris Udy The power and truth of God is being born among us.
Advent 2 4 Dec 2016 Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Rev Chris Udy John represents the stranger within us - our inner prophet, and those who live as minorities among us.
Advent 1 20 Nov 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Rev Chris Udy Advent waiting is about living mindfully, gratefully, generously
Christian Year C (The Year of Luke) - 29 Nov 2015 - 26 Nov 2016
Reign of Christ 20 Nov 2016 Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43
Rev Chris Udy The work of those who follow Jesus is to build community, to seek the commonwealth in love...
Sunday 33 13 Nov 2016 Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
Rev Chris Udy The God revealed in Jesus Christ is at work in the world to guide us into his reign of justice and peace
Sunday 32 6 Nov 2016 Haggai 1:15b-2:9
2Thess. 2: 1-5,13-17
Luke 20:27-38
Rev Chris Udy Christian identity is not a facade we construct for ourselves... it’s a gift, to be explored and enjoyed.
Sunday 31 30 Oct 2016 Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
2Thess. 1: 1-4,11-12
Luke 19:1-10
Rev Chris Udy In the light of his resurrection we also discover who we are
Sunday 30 23 Oct 2016 Joel 2:23-32
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14
Rev Chris Udy Trusting the water
Sunday 29 16 Oct 2016 Jeremiah 31:27-34
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8
Rev Chris Udy When we pray, God works for healing, and through our prayer, the realm of God comes near.
Sunday 28 9 Oct 2016 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19
Rev Chris Udy Just as Luke was helping his readers to see beyond Israel to the world, we also need to look beyond our limits.
Sunday 27 2 Oct 2016 Lamentations 3:19-26
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10
Rev Chris Udy God in Christ heals our divisions and overcomes our separations, and makes us all - every one of us - worthy and valuable members of his body
Sunday 26 25 Sep 2016 Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31
Rev Chris Udy When we open our minds and hearts to value humanity, we become more fully human - and we become like Jesus
Sunday 25 18 Sep 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13
Rev Chris Udy When we pray for our leaders, we’re praying not for policies but for those who recognise their responsibility
Sunday 24 11 Sep 2016 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Luke 15:1-10
Rev Chris Udy Each of us will need to do what Jesus did and hope and pray and work for the world’s renewal and redemption
Sunday 23
Fathers' Day
4 Sep 2016 Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Families give us identity, a sense of belonging, a sense of community that shares difference and reaches out to those in need.
Sunday 22 28 Aug 2016 Jeremiah 4:4-13
Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16
Luke: 14:1-14
Rev Chris Udy Refugee and Migrant Sunday: reflecting on God’s call to welcome strangers, and to care for those on the margins.
Sunday 21 21 Aug 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17
Rev Chris Udy Heritage without promise is just history - lifeless. Hope without memory has no direction - shallow and pointless.
Sunday 20 14 Aug 2016 Isaiah 5:1-7
Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2
Luke 12:49-56
Rev Chris Udy Jesus stands at our boundaries, at the points where we divide, and by being broken between us he also becomes our peace.
Sunday 19 7 Aug 2016 Isaiah 1:1,10-20
Luke 12:32-40
Rev Chris Udy When we live expectantly, awake and alert, we not only discover things of real value, but also the presence of God
Sunday 18 31 Jul 2016 Hosea 11:1-11
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21
Rev Chris Udy We live in a society that’s losing freedom, because people no longer see that they have a choice.
Sunday 17 24 Jul 2016 Genesis 18:20-33
Colossians 2:6-15
Luke 11:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Prayer does change us.
Sunday 16 17 Jul 2016 Amos 8:1-12
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42
Rev Chris Udy Whatever our gift or our service or our ministry might be, we need to take it up with hope and joy, and with patience and love
Sunday 15 10 Jul 2016 Amos 7:7-17
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37
Rev Chris Udy Stories tell both the joy and the sadness of other peoples’ lives and move us to compassion and mercy.
Sunday 14 3 Jul 2016 2 Kings 5:1-14
Galatians 6:7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Rev Chris Udy God’s challenge is to live by trust and in grace - to keep our community welcoming and open
Sunday 13 26 Jun 2016 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62
Rev Chris Udy Transitions are times for renewal and rebirth
UCA Anniversary 19 Jun 2016 1 Kings 19:1-15a
Galatians3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39
Rev Chris Udy In a world that’s quick to fragment, the messages we live by, as a Uniting Church, have never been more vital.
Sunday 11 12 Jun 2016 1 Kings 21: 1-10, 15-21a
Galatians 2: 15-21
Luke 7: 36-8:3
Rev John Candy Everyone is invited; everyone is offered the gifts of grace and forgiveness.
Sunday 10 5 Jun 2016 1 Kings 17: 8-16, (17-24)
Luke 7: 11-17
Rev John Candy With God, our context is always grace — undeserved love and mercy
Sunday 9 29 May 2016 1 Kings 18: 20-21, 30-39
Galatians 1: 1-12
Luke 7: 1-10
Rev John Candy Our Lord, whose word of spiritual authority can span distances, wants us to take faith and do the impossible on his behalf.
Trinity 22 May 2016 Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31
Romans 5: 1-5
John 16: 12-15
Rev John Candy We are invited to dance. The Spirit is eager to help us move.
Pentecost 15 May 2016 Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8: 14-17
John 14: 8-17, 25-27
Rev John Candy We welcome all to our celebration and to share the gifts they have and let us all renew our Covenant with God
Easter 7
[Mothers Day]
8 May 2016 1 Samuel 1:19-28
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17: 20-26
Rev John Candy Each of us needs to be growing in our own relationship with God
Easter 6 1 May 2016 Acts 16:9-15
Revelation 21:10,22-22:5
John 14:23-29
Rev Chris Udy Lydia provided the point of transition across a boundary and into a new arena of life and purpose
Easter 5
[ANZAC Day]
24 Apr 2016 Acts 11:1-18
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
Rev John Candy We remember with love
Easter 4 17 Apr 2016 Acts 9:36-43
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30
Rev Chris Udy The Shepherd Psalm is addressed to us; it’s an invitation into this relationship of loving trust and hope
Easter 3 10 Apr 2016 Acts 9:1-6
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
Rev Chris Udy It’s Paul who shone a spotlight on the freedom of God’s grace
Easter 2 3 Apr 2016 Acts 5:27-32
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy We have chosen to be Christian, not because we saw an empty tomb, but because we experience something persuasive.
Easter 27 Mar 2016 Luke 23:54 - 24.35 Rev Chris Udy Jesus is here, living and healing and working and serving among us.
Lent 5 13 Mar 2016 Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Rev Bruce Roy Being accepted and loved gives you integrity and value and worth
Lent 4 6 Mar 2016 Joshua 5:9-12
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Rev Chris Udy The clearest image of God that we receive from Jesus is of a father - a loving parent.
Lent 3 28 Feb 2016 Isaiah 55:1-9
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
Rev Chris Udy We’re like the fig tree in the parable Jesus told. We’ve been planted and we’re intended to bear fruit.
Lent 2 21 Feb 2016 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Rev Chris Udy Those who follow Jesus have citizenship beyond any earthly city or nation
Lent 1 14 Feb 2016 Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Our temptations never really leave us. The tempter is part of us, and every year, and every day
Transfiguration 7 Feb 2016 James 5:13-16
Luke 9:28-36
Rev Chris Udy Jesus: radically inclusive, unconditionally compassionate, sacrificially honest and courageous love.
Epiphany 4 31 Jan 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30
Rev Chris Udy We can choose to do something different - to challenge our prejudice, and to hear the voice of God.
Epiphany 3 24 Jan 2016 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21
Rev Chris Udy We need to remember and re-claim the message that gives us life and hope
Epiphany 2 17 Jan 2016 Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
Rev Chris Udy It’s in communion that God transforms us from strangers and outsiders into God’s family - the body of Christ
The Baptism of Jesus 10 Jan 2016 Isaiah 43:1-7
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17,21-22
Rev Chris Udy Baptism - symbol of freedom and renewal
Christmas 2 3 Jan 2016 Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:10-18
Rev Chris Udy These are the days when the light is strongest, and there’s time for travelling and journeys of discovery
Christmas 1 27 Dec 2015 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52
Rev Chris Udy The shadow side of Christmas
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2015 John 1:1-14 Rev Chris Udy There’s room in the world for God to be born - for holiness to be human
Advent 2 6 Dec 2015 Malachi 3:1-4
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6
Rev Chris Udy Every Advent we begin by looking back... and prepare to receive new life
Christian Year B (The Year of Mark) - 30 Nov 2014 - 28 Nov 2015
Reign of Christ 22 Nov 2015 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37
Rev Chris Udy Love, and love’s expression in compassion, forgiveness and grace will always be stronger than hatred and death
Sunday 33 15 Nov 2015 1 Samuel 1:4-20
Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25
Mark 13:1-8
Rev Chris Udy There are good reasons to keep working for peace, to look forward with hope, and to find ways to trust and forgive.
Sunday 32 8 Nov 2015 Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44
Rev Chris Udy The gospel according to Ruth
Sunday 31 1 Nov 2015 Ruth 1:1-18
Hebrews 9:11-14
Mark 12:28-34
Rev Chris Udy Love God.
Love your neighbour
Sunday 30 25 Oct 2015 Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52
Rev Chris Udy Dying and rising - to make community, to heal and save people, and to make the creation new
Sunday 29 18 Oct 2015 Job 38:1-7
Mark 10:35-45
Rev Chris Udy Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant
Sunday 28 11 Oct 2015 Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31
Rev Chris Udy The Christian life is a life of giving away
Sunday 26 27 Sep 2015 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Rev John Candy Whose Side Are You On?
Sunday 22 30 Aug 2015 Song of Solomon 2:8-13
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Rev John Candy The context to the challenge of righteous living comes from God.
Sunday 21 23 Aug 2015 1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Rev John Candy Thin places — places where we can sense the supernatural.
Sunday 19 16 Aug 2015 2 Samuel 18:5-9. 15, 31-33
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51
Rev Chris Udy We continue what Jesus did: we work for reconciliation - for peace with justice among ourselves and in the world.
Sunday 18 9 Aug 2015 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35
Rev Chris Udy Faith involves a search for substance; it means looking beyond the surface of things to find truth and meaning.
Sunday 17 26 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 11:1-15
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21
Rev Chris Udy What we hunger for is meaning: a truth that’s richer and deeper than political polls and reality TV shows.
Sunday 16 19 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Rev Chris Udy The walls of the Temple are broken down: walls between Jews and gentiles, between women and men, between ordained and baptised ...
Sunday 15 12 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29
Rev Chris Udy We become symbols of God's presence everywhere in the world
Sunday 14 5 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13
Rev Chris Udy It’s when we confess our need, that our healing can begin
Sunday 13 28 Jun 2015 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43
Rev Chris Udy Nothing - not even dying - can stop the work of healing God has begun in the love and grace of Jesus
Lent 1 22 Feb 2015 Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Rev Chris Udy commitment... forgiveness... faithfulness
Sunday 12
UCA anniversary
21 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
Mark 4:26-34
Rev Chris Udy Slowly, gently, without violence or bloodshed the kingdom of God is sown and grows
Sunday 11 14 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
Mark 4:26-34
Rev Chris Udy Slowly, gently, without violence or bloodshed the kingdom of God is sown and grows
Sunday 10 7 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35
Rev Chris Udy Jesus was - and is - subversive. He doesn’t want things to remain as they are.
Trinity 31 May 2015 Isaiah 6:1-8
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17
Rev Chris Udy Just like God in Trinity, we need both to listen and to sing as our lives and the life of the world achieve God’s harmony.
Easter 7 17 May 2015 Acts 1:15-17,21-26
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19
Rev Chris Udy At every point God accepts and absorbs the fear and the hurt of our failure to trust and to live in his love
Easter 6
Mothers Day
10 May 2015 Acts 10:44-48
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17
Susan Cochrane Motherhood
Easter 5 3 May 2015 Acts 8:26-40
1 John 4:7-12
John 15:1-8
Rev Chris Udy "I am the Vine, you are the branches"
ANZAC
Commemoration
26 Apr 2015 Ecclesiastes 3:1-14
1 John 3:18-24
John 10:11-18
Douglas Newton ANZAC Day
Easter 3 19 Apr 2015 Acts 3:12-19
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:35-48
Rev Chris Udy Life at its most enduring and influential, grows out of relationships
Easter 2 12 Apr 2015 Acts 4:32-35
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy In Jesus we find a life-companion, who travels with us
Easter Day 5 Apr 2015 Isaiah 25:6-9
1 Cor. 15:1-11
John 20:1-18
Rev Chris Udy Jesus isn’t finished with his rising - it still happens
Good Friday
29 Mar 2015 Mark 14:26 - 15:47 Rev Chris Udy Good Friday asks us to journey with him, and not to look away
Maundy Thursday 2 Apr 2015 Mark 14:1-11
John 13:1-15
Rev Chris Udy Intimacy
Palm Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11
Rev Chris Udy Jesus on the donkey was coming to bring an entirely different kingdom to the world
Lent 5 22 Mar 2015 Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
Rev Chris Udy Suffering and sadness, pain and death are not the end of the way for any of us, and they can never mean that God has abandoned us.
Lent 4 15 Mar 2015 Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
Rev Chris Udy What it means to have been saved
Lent 3 8 Mar 2015 Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-22
Rev Chris Udy We are made in love, for love, to love
Lent 2 1 Mar 2015 Genesis 17:1-10,15-19
Romans 4:16-25
Mark 8:31-38
Rev Chris Udy We are disciples of Jesus. Our identity is founded and formed in God’s affirmation of love
Lent 1 22 Feb 2015 Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 6 15 Feb 2015 2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 5 8 Feb 2015 Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 4 1 Feb 2015 Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 3 25 Jan 2015 Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Mark 1:14-20
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 2 18 Jan 2015 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
John 1:35-42
Rev Chris Udy
Baptism of Jesus 11 Jan 2015 Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
Rev Chris Udy
Christmas 1 4 Jan 2015 Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
Rev Chris Udy
Christmas 1 28 Dec 2014 Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40
Rev Chris Udy The shadow of Christmas
Christmas
Day
25 Dec 2014 John 1:1-14 Rev Chris Udy Christ saves us by his birth
Advent 4 21 Dec 2014 Service of Lessons and Carols Rev Chris Udy There's a paradox...
Advent 2 7 Dec 2014 Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Matthew 1:1-8
Rev Chris Udy When Jesus comes - as he always does - he may not look and act as we’ve expected
Reign of Christ 23 Nov 2014 Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
Rev Chris Udy Today we celebrate the vision of a world that believes that kindness is the secret to salvation.
Sunday 33A 16 Nov 2014 Judges 4:1-7
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-10
Rev Chris Udy
Douglas Newton
Remembrance
Sunday 32A 9 Nov 2014 Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Messiah is among us.
Sunday 30A 26 Oct 2014 Deuteronomy 34:1-12
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
Rev Chris Udy The meaning of life is to live in love with God and with our neighbours
Sunday 29A 19 Oct 2014 Exodus 33:12-23
1Thess. 1: 1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
Rev Chris Udy We need a regular rhythm of worship to give God what belongs to God
Sunday 28A 12 Oct 2014 Exodus 32:1-14
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
Rev Chris Udy God’s celebrations are about inclusion. God made all this variety and made everyone different.
Sunday 27A 5 Oct 2014 Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
Rev Chris Udy God’s healing always begins in empathy and compassion.
Sunday 25A 21 Sep 2014 Exodus 16:2-15
Philippians 1:23-30
Matthew 20:1-16
Rev Dr Bruce Roy It is easy to be distracted by a particular (noble) agenda and miss the point of why we do what we do.
Sunday 24A 14 Sep 2014 Exodus 14:19-31
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
Rev Chris Udy What we do to those around us will return - and it’s up to us to choose a way of life
Sunday 23A
Fathers Day
7 Sep 2014 Psalm 128
Romans 8:31-39
Paul Howell Unconditional love, from the Father
Sunday 22A 31 Aug 2014 Exodus 3:1-15
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
Rev Chris Udy We have to find our own way of the cross, as a congregation and as individual disciples.
Sunday 21A 24 Aug 2014 Genesis 45:1-15
Romans 11:1,2a,29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
Rev Chris Udy Let’s be argumentative with God!
Sunday 19A 10 Aug 2014 Genesis 37:1-4,12-28
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
Rev Chris Udy We trust in the God whose desire for healing and for peace took him to a cross
Sunday 18A 3 Aug 2014 Genesis 32:22-31
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21
Rev Chris Udy We are no longer only people who wrestle with God - we are also people who eat with God
Sunday 17A 27 Jul 2014 Genesis 29:15-28
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
Rev Chris Udy When people set the Kingdom as their priority, they discover, not only peace and hope - but also joy.
Sunday 16A 20 Jul 2014 Genesis 28:10-19a
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30
Rev Chris Udy We have to live together, in trust and hope, forgiving those who hurt us and asking for forgiveness from those we hurt.
Sunday 14A 6 Jul 2014 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Romans 7:14-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Rev Chris Udy “Take my yoke upon you” asks us to treat ourselves and others as worthy of dignity and respect
Sunday 13A 29 Jun 2014 Genesis 22:1-14
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42
Rev Chris Udy “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me” Jesus said; “and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
UCA 37th anniversary 22 Jun 2014 Genesis 21:8-21
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39
Rev Chris Udy We are a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal
Pentecost 8 Jun 2014 Acts 2:1-21
1 Corinthians 12:4-13
John 20:19-23
Rev Chris Udy We’ll dedicate our individual gifts as well as our life together in ‘Spirited Community’
Ascension 1 Jun 2014 Acts 1:6-14
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
Rev Chris Udy God’s mission of loving, forgiving, proclaiming and healing moves on through Spirited communities
Easter 2 27 Apr 2014 Acts 2:14a,22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Certainty stifles growth, doubt has the opportunity to grow into new meaning and an acceptance of ambiguity.
Easter Day 20 Apr 2014 Jeremiah 31:1-6
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 28:1-10
Rev Chris Udy Active belief - belief in the risen Jesus - continues where belief about him can’t go
Palm Sunday 13 Apr 2014 Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 21:1-11
Rev Chris Udy True peace doesn’t come without a cost. It only comes with love, and with courage, and with sacrifice.
Lent 5 6 Apr 2014 Exodus 37:1-14
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45
Rev Chris Udy God’s creative impulse and ultimate desire is love
Lent 4 30 Mar 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Rev Chris Udy In Jesus we see that the world God is creating and redeeming is a place of compassion and justice
Lent 3 23 Mar 2014 Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Rev Chris Udy What Jesuse offered wasn’t a rule, or a law, or an idea, but a relationship - of trust - of faith
Lent 2 16 Mar 2014 Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Rev Chris Udy God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
Lent 1 9 Mar 2014 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Rev Chris Udy Each of us needs to test our vocation - and that process almost always leads us into a wilderness
Epiphany 7 23 Feb 2014 Isaiah 11:1-4
Romans 12:1-18,21
John 20:19-23
Rev Chris Udy The Spirit in our Spirited Community is the Go-between God – the God who makes connections
Epiphany 6 16 Feb 2014 Deuteronomy 30:15-20
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37
Rev Chris Udy Jesus is the model for our lives, calling us to see ourselves clearly, to know ourselves honestly, and to follow him closely
Epiphany 5 9 Feb 2014 Isaiah 58:1-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20
Rev Chris Udy We’re called to be like salt, and light, and yeast.
Epiphany 4 2 Feb 2014 Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
Rev Chris Udy God is revealed in the world, not as the one who controls but as the one who hopes and works in and through us.
Epiphany 3
Australia Day
26 Jan 2014 Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
Rev Chris Udy The message of the cross is foolishness
Epiphany 2 19 Jan 2014 Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
John 1:29-42
Rev Chris Udy We have the message and the memory and the experience of God’s love and grace, and it’s our turn to pass it on
Baptism of Jesus 12 Jan 2014 Isaiah 4:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Rev Chris Udy Every person, of whatever culture, gender, race or faith, is affirmed and valued as a much-loved child of God
Christmas 2 5 Jan 2014 Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:10-18
Rev Chris Udy Stories structure and form our inner life - giving foundation, understanding, vision, hope, warnings, identity
Christmas 1 29 Dec 2013 Isaiah 63:7-9
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23
Rev Chris Udy In the shadow of Christmas
Christmas
Day
25 Dec 2013 John 1:1-11 Rev Chris Udy The Word became flesh
Advent 3A 15 Dec 2013 Matthew 11:2-11 Rev Chris Udy Reflection by John Shea
Advent 2A 8 Dec 2013 Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Rev Chris Udy Signs of the Kingdom of God coming in light and in power
Advent 1A 1 Dec 2013 Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Rev Chris Udy We need to live each day, and every day, in hopeful expectation
Reign of Christ 24 Nov 2013 Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43
Rev Chris Udy The reign of Christ isn’t only personal and spiritual - it spills out through all of life's relationships
Sunday 33C 17 Nov 2013 Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
Rev Chris Udy When we focus on Jesus as our teacher and companion, we find ourselves being called back to compassion and spirituality
Sunday 28C 13 Oct 2013 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 16:19-31
Rev Chris Udy We can be people who aren’t defeated by difference - we can give thanks to God for people who aren’t like us
Sunday 26C
Social Justice Sunday
29 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15
Psalm 66:1-2
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 17:11-19
Rev Chris Udy Understanding that we are part of the problem, and that we can help, is the beginning of healing
Sunday 25C
International Day of Peace
22 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:1
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Building relationships of genuine respect and compassion will always be better than accumulating wealth and property
Sunday 24C 15 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 4:11-12,22-28
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10
Rev Chris Udy The Father God is, right now, searching for us, seeking us out, coming out to find us
Sunday 23C 8 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 18:1-11
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33
Rev Chris Udy When our hope and security is not in our possessions, but in the crucified and risen Jesus, then weakness can be forgiven, and failure isn’t final
Sunday 22C
Fathers Day
1 Sep 2013 Scott Bremner The need to draw strength from each other
Sunday 21C 25 Aug 2013 Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17
Rev Chris Udy God still comes into congregations and disturbs their peace and order
Sunday 20C 18 Aug 2013 Isaiah 5:1-7
Ps 80:1-2,8-19
Heb 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56
Rev Chris Udy "Run with perseverance the race that’s set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith"
Sunday 18C 4 Aug 2013 Hosea 11:1-11
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12: 13-21
Rev Chris Udy There is, in Christ, at work in this world, a power for creation, and compassion, and resurrection
Sunday 17C 28 Jul 2013 Genesis 18:20-33
Colossians 2:6-15
Luke 11:1-13
Rev Chris Udy "Faith isn’t fixed - it changes; it’s a doing-word. It’s a process, a journey, a conversation."
125th anniversary 21 Jul 2013 Jer. 29:5-7,10-14
1 Cor. 12:4-13
John 15:1-17
Lorna Bassett
Bruce Roy
Rev Chris Udy
125th anniversary of the Presbyterian/Uniting Church in Crows Nest
Sunday 15C 14 Jul 2013 Amos 7:7-17
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37
Rev Chris Udy God is for us
Sunday 14C 7 Jul 2013 2 Kings 5:1-14
Luke 10:1-11,16-20
Rev Chris Udy Sharing your faith
Sunday 13C 30 Jun 2013 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Leadership belongs to the team
UCA anniversary 23 Jun 2013 1 Kings:19:1-15a Rev Chris Udy Uniting Church 36th anniversary
Sunday 11C 16 Jun 2013 Luke 7:36-8:3 Rev Chris Udy Forgiveness
Sunday 10C 9 Jun 2013 1 Kings 17:8-24
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17
Rev Chris Udy Resurrection, not only on Easter day, but every day
Letter to the Crows Nesters 2 Jun 2013 Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 10:25-37
Rev Dr Clive Pearson What would an apostle like Paul write to Crows Nest Uniting Church?
Trinity Sunday 26 May 2013 Prov. 8:1-4,22-31
Romans 5:1-6
John 16:12-15
Rev Chris Udy May we all live with Wisdom, as we watch and wait for how God will meet us next.
Pentecost 19 May 2013 Genesis 11:1-9
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:8-17,25-27
Rev Chris Udy God calls us to responsible choices and intimate partnership in the work of healing and peace.
Easter 7C
Mothers Day
12 May 2013 Acts 16:16-34
John 17:20-26
Rev Chris Udy "Mothers and fathers should not be left to do it on their own"
Easter 6C 5 May 2013 Acts 16:9-15
Rev 21:10,22-22:5
Jn 14:23-29
Rev Chris Udy "Peace I leave with you; wholeness, health, and integrity I give to you"
Easter 5C 28 Apr 2013 Acts 11:1-18
Rev 21:1-6
Jn 13:31-35
Rev Chris Udy The "mark" a Christian wears is love
Easter 4C 21 Apr 2013 Acts 9:36-45
Rev 7:9-17
Jn 10:22-30
Rev Chris Udy God's hope creates in us new life - and a new vision of humanity
Easter 3C 14 Apr 2013 Acts 9:1-20
Rev 5:11-14
Jn 21:1-19
Rev Chris Udy Commissioned to love God and neighbour
Easter 2C 7 Apr 2013 Acts 5:27-32
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy Doubt, forgiveness and the gift of life
Easter Day 31 Mar 2013 Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24: 1-12
Rev Chris Udy Life rises
Palm Sunday 24 Mar 2013 Isa 50:4-9a
Phil 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40
Rev Chris Udy working for transformation
Lent 5C 17 Mar 2013 Isa 43:16-21
Ps 126
Phil 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Rev Chris Udy Mary of Bethany's extravagant grateful gift and ministry
Lent 4C 10 Mar 2013 Joshua 5:9-12
2 Cor. 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Rev Chris Udy parable of a family - younger son, older son and father
Lent 3C 3 Mar 2013 Isaiah 55:1-9
1 Cor.10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
Rev Chris Udy Repentance... and Fruitfulness
Lent 2C 24 Feb 2013 Gen 15:1-12,17-18
Phil 3:17 to 4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Rev Chris Udy "Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord"
Lent 1C 17 Feb 2013 Luke 4:1-13 Rev Chris Udy A minister's first sermon...
Lent 6C 28 Mar 2010 Luke 19:35-4 Rev Michael Barnes What happens after the parade?
Lent 3C 7 Mar 2010 Luke 8:1-3 Rev Michael Barnes Some women accompany Jesus on the road
Lent 2C 28 Feb 2010 Luke 13 Rev Michael Barnes Confront the powers