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 : 06 December 2019
Baptism in the wilderness is a curious thing. In the wilderness, where the vagabonds and outcasts dwell, a furious John the Baptist rejects a group of priests coming for baptism and admonishes them to “bear fruit worthy of repentance”—an obvious refusal to be convinced by the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ display of righteousness, …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 06 December 2019
I think it is important that we remind ourselves to take the time out to quietly reflect and pray about the different ways God is acting in our lives. What is God calling you to do or be? God may be saying take a rest and that is ok. God may be encouraging you to branch out into a new ministry or special task and that is ok too. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 30 November 2019
In what ways can observing the season of Advent strengthen our faith?
How do we live in hopeful wonder in the face of God’s coming in Christ?
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 30 November 2019
This week we begin the season of Advent. These weeks leading up to Christmas see the liturgical colour change from green to purple. We use purple in Advent and Lent. Lent is a time of repentance whereas during Advent we wait expectantly, with joy and hope, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 24 November 2019
Jesus is hanging from a cross. This is where we find him in today’s reading from Luke. Not exactly the place you would look for a king, but then again, nothing is ever quite as you expect with Jesus. Luke brings us to the place called “The Skull” and we find Jesus between two criminals.
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 24 November 2019
This week we also celebrate ‘Christ the King’. This is the last Sunday before Advent. It is also the last Sunday in our liturgical calendar for Year C. This year we have focussed on the Gospel of Luke. Next year we return to the beginning of our three year cycle with the Gospel of Matthew (Year A).
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 15 November 2019
While they may sound apocalyptic to our ears, the words of Jesus as they
appear in this passage from Luke would have fallen on the Gospel’s
original hearers not as a prediction but as a reminder. Luke was writing
after the Temple had already fallen; he wasn’t prophesying, he was
writing to and for a persecuted minority of beleaguered believers under
the tyranny of Roman rule. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 15 November 2019
‘How do we live today when we don’t know tomorrow?’
In our gospel reading this week we hear Jesus tell his disciples that the temple
will come down. No stone will be left upon another. How can this be? The
disciples were just marvelling at the great work and the sheer size of the
limestone blocks. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 08 November 2019
There were many ways to be Jewish during the time Jesus lived and
the time the New Testament scriptures were written, just as today there
are many ways to be Christian (for example, Roman Catholic and
Protestant). Discussion and debate between Jewish groups were
common. In Jesus’ time, Sadducees were Jews associated with the elite
priestly class of Jerusalem, while the Pharisees were Jews associated with
a rabbinic, or teaching, model of Judaism.
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 08 November 2019
Our parish has a Mission Action Plan that helps guide our discussions and
decision making. This means that we have a framework that guides us and we
have a clear plan for our future. I feel that our parish is at an exciting time in