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 : 17 August 2019
‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! … This fire is not the same as self-soothing techniques or self-actualization. You might lose yourself under its flames. These sparks ignite and spread in the landscape of the soul – coming through the deserts of our hearts, cleansing us from our sin and worldly allegiances. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 17 August 2019
What kind of world are our children going to inherit? At the end of our gospel reading today Jesus talks about people being able to read the signs in the weather to tell what will happen. How well do we read the signs today? …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 09 August 2019
Luke’s Gospel begins with a particular dedication to “Theophilus” (literally, “beloved of God”), in which the author writes of setting down “an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us” (Luke 1:1). …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 09 August 2019
This week I have had the honour and privilege to spend time with my colleagues from the southern region at our annual conference. These conferences are designed to allow clergy to take time out of our normal routines and come together to learn and engage in fellowship. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 27 July 2019
At times, we make prayer into something much more difficult than God intends it to be. In this passage from Luke’s gospel, we hear that Jesus’ disciples saw him praying and asked him to teach them how to pray. The prayer he taught them is one that we know and pray virtually every time we gather as a community to pray. The words may be so familiar to us that we overlook the simplicity of the petitions. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 27 July 2019
… As we go about our daily lives my hope and prayer is that we don’t just offer prayer because it is easy. May we pray with intent and persistence. I am in the process of organising a workshop on ‘Praying in Anglican Ways’. Watch this space for upcoming dates.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 20 July 2019
This Gospel story brings up a question of identity and roles. Martha accuses Mary not only of not helping to serve dinner—which is the duty of a woman—but for sitting at Jesus’ feet—which is the prerogative of a male disciple. Women were not permitted to receive religious instruction under the rabbinical law, but some nevertheless persisted. …
MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 20 July 2019
Today we welcome Bishop John Roundhill and his wife Frances to celebrate the patronal festival of our church of St James, Wellington Point. The actual day that this feast is celebrated by the Church is 25 July. Tradition dictates that a Saints Day can be celebrated 8 days either side of the official day so here we are today, joining together as one, to celebrate St James. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 12 July 2019
(The Good Samaritan) … I think it’s safe to say that most Christians could tell an accurate version of this familiar story by heart. Although it may seem like a simple story first taught to us at a young age, its lessons are manifold. …
MUSINGS FROM WARDEN SCOTT LEISEMANN : 12 July 2019
… Some time ago a dear parishioner gifted me a lovely leather bound devotional book entitled “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. The book provides the reader with a daily devotion and related scripture readings and is designed to help one develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. …