Weekly Gospel Reflections
Each Week, in the parish bulletin – The Tidings, the Gospel for the day, plus reflections is provided as a tool to further our understanding of the Gospel message.
Many of the Home-groups are now using this reflection as a basis for their study.
You are invited to join the ever-increasing number who take advantage of this tool.
May you be blessed as you reflect.
Thoughts, news and sermons from our Clergy and Missions
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 12 October 2019
Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, and only one of them returns to thank
him. The text makes sure to mention that this grateful, returning man is
not a Galilean but a Samaritan – a foreigner. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 12 October 2019
‘Have you ever wondered about how much light a small oil lamp would have
provided in early times. Today we can flick a switch and the whole room or
stadium comes alive with light. Back in early times a small oil lamp would have
only provided enough light to guide your feet on the path just infront of you.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 02 October 2019
Our faith asks that we give ourselves fully and completely to God. In doing so, we will be compelled to serve God fully and completely. Serving God involves not only loving God but also loving our neighbors as ourselves (Lk. 10:25-28). In loving God, we serve others, giving our time, talent, and treasure to ensuring that the dignity of every human being is realized. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 02 October 2019
This week I am giving thanks for all the wonderful things that are going on in the parish. I give thanks for all the parish family members who are so supportive and make this community so strong, caring and flourishing.
… Whilst I give thanks for the way we are today I also give thanks for those who have gone before us and those whose lives have been singled out as being special, and those lives who have impacted the church. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 27 September 2019
The lectionary is a gift! Our readings tie so well together this week. If you don’t get it the first time, you’re going to get it by the last reading!
The rich man failed to live a life of generosity—a life informed by God’s own generosity and commands to care for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized. Exodus 23:6 and 23:11; Leviticus 19:10, 19:15, and 23:22; and Deuteronomy 10:18 are only a few examples of God’s commands to show compassion and generosity to those who tend to be ignored in society. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 27 September 2019
The first thing we reminded ourselves is that the MAP is a plan that goes for several years. Whilst it would be great to have all our ideas up and running in the first six months, this is not always practical. For instance, there is the goal of introducing new and contemporary services at St George’s and St James.
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 20 September 2019
One of the nicest compliments we receive from visitors is that we are a very welcoming parish. Whether people visit St James or St George’s the feedback is the same. Our welcoming culture is one of our real strengths and it is just one of the reasons I am so happy to be a part of our parish family.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 13 September 2019
This passage may be discomfiting for those who have worked hard to be righteous, but it is a balm to those who feel they’ve lost their way. Considering that each of us at some point will falter or feel lost, it is good news for all.
It harkens back to Jeremiah 50:6, …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 13 September 2019
Why do we worship? We worship to glorify God. We worship to build a stronger relationship with God and give thanks. We are to do the best job we without getting distracted by entertainment or impressing each other. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 07 September 2019
This requirement brings us back to Jeremiah’s words, “Turn now… amend
your ways and your doings.” Jesus is reminding those listening that it isn’t
possible to maintain the values of the dominant culture when making a
commitment to God’s vision for the world. …