Sermon: We can talk to God

St Mary’s Whitby 28 September 2014

Exodus 17:1-7, Phil 2:1-13, Matt 21:23-32

There is a theme in our readings that links the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness with the Pharisees questioning Jesus over where he gets his authority.

The Israelites are grumbling that there is no water. They tend to get a bit of a bad rap when so many of the accounts of the wilderness days are about how they are never happy, but let’s put ourselves into their shoes for a minute. They had been led out of Egypt, putting all their trust in an elderly shepherd who had turned up out of nowhere, speaking their language. They had been led through the sea, and they had seen Moses part that sea by raising his staff. So on the one hand they knew that their leader was someone special, who could do the miraculous things, or rather, a channel through whom God could deliver them. Continue reading

Sermon: The Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana. John 2:1-11

Rev Felicity O’Brien

This reading is very familiar. Most of us have heard it many times, and yet it seems to reveal new riches each time we go to it.

At face value, it’s a simple story of a family and community event – a wedding.

But in its context, it’s the very first miracle recorded. Jesus was affirmed and honoured for public ministry in last week’s reading, then tempted in the wilderness. Now he’s back home, taking part in a regular, normal event. Note that Mary was already at the wedding when Jesus and his disciples arrived – it is likely that she was closely related to the couple and was there in an ‘official’ capacity, as family. Continue reading