The Way of Exclusion

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Excluded, © Mark Hewitt 2018 Reserved signs have been placed randomly on seats throughout the church. What did you do when you saw a reserved sign on the seat? Ignore it, sat somewhere else? Get angry or indignant? Feel Excluded? It does not take much for a person to feel being excluded.  The healing of Bartimaeus; The miracle of this story is Jesus’ ability to …

Finding Our Way

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Eye of the Needle, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Today’s scripture I always find challenging.  Certainly at a literal level part of it is about things or stuff.  Looking below the literal level, what truth is there for us today?  This is not about dumping on those rich with money or romanticising those who are poor financially.  That itself raises questions about what it …

Tough Questions Along the way

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Still life in red, © Rob Stoner 2018 In fact, what I think Jesus is really saying to them is that your question is irrelevant. In terms of the loving, compassionate, inclusive community which I am trying to create, your question has no currency. At this point in his ministry, with his encounter and death in Jerusalem staring him in …

Getting out of the way

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Love One Another, © Durga Yael Bernhard. People are not always what they seem.  Good people do bad things  Bad people do good things It’s rarely all or nothing – Black & White.  You may be onside with someone on one issue yet opposed to them on another issue.  All is far more complex. Than – “you are either for us …

Sky Sunday

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Sky, © Graham Vawser 2018 Today is a reminder that as the Sky covers all creation, so all human beings are called by God to care for all creation. For us, who acknowledge God in our lives, the Sky becomes a reminder that we should praise God always, looking for and finding the signs of overarching God’s presence in every …

Humanity Sunday

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Coogee Beach, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Humankind made in the likeness of God.  Generations upon generations of humanity born seems such a big epic event.  Yet the reality is somewhat more personal, as it is one birth at a time.  Your birth is part of the story.  As we heard last week and today, in the first chapter in the …

Earth Sunday

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Day 4 Genesis Creation, © Mark Hewitt 2018 On the sixth day God gave us the gift of all the creatures that walk upon the earth:  the creatures that walk with two legs, like you and like me, and all the creatures that walk with many legs.  When God saw the creatures that walk with two legs and the creatures that …

Love is Our Defence

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Over the past seven weeks we have been having parts of an Open letter read to us from the pauline community of Gospel workers.  Although adressed to the church at Ephesus, tt is for us too. So what were they wanting to tell us? In God’s eyes we are blessed, holy, and blameless.  Forget all …

Living Wisely

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Last week we finished off with “Imitate God, we are beloved children; and live in love, because Christ loves us – a beautiful fragrant love.” What does that mean for you? Or what could it mean? Now that we have grasped we are to imitate God, we are loved a beautiful fragrant love.  We imitate …