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The Details of Your Life Matter to God

Felicity O’Brien, May 9, 2010. All rights reserved. PDF

Ps 67:1-7

Acts 16:9-5 

John 5:1–9

Today’s readings from John and Acts have some great messages for us!

We see three main themes coming through our readings: we have Jesus noticing the lame man, and then healing him on the Sabbath. We have in the Acts reading obedience to the Holy Spirit, followed by Lydia’s family being baptized. We see God using all sorts of people, women, business people, the disabled. Continue reading

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You are never alone

Felicity Ward O’Brien,June 5, 2011. All Rights reserved. PDF

John 17:1-17

The prayer in the John reading is a very special one. Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, and he and the disciples have had their Passover meal. He has been talking about the future, and the mood is somber, a bit unsure. It is quiet and intimate, and Jesus is commending the disciples to God’s care. This prayer shows us how Jesus prays, the tender concern he feels for his followers – and that includes all the disciples down the ages, including us here. Continue reading

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Wilderness and Lent

Felicity O’Brien, March 1 2012. All rights reserved. PDF

1Pe 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

There are several things that strike me in today’s readings. The first is the line from our Epistle reading – that after Jesus died he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison. That was during the days between his death and resurrection and it refers to the souls of those who died when they did not heed God’s call to Noah. I think that line is tremendously reassuring – even though God’s judgment was against the people of Noah’s time, Christ loved them and cared for them and proclaimed the good news to them. Continue reading

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Thirsty

Rev Felicity O’Brien, 17 May 2011. All rights reserved. PDF

John 15: 9-17

1 John 5:1-6

Today first I want to read to you a passage from John15, verses 9-17.

9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” Continue reading

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The Cost of following Christ

Rev Felicity O’Brien, March 4th 2012 . All rights reserved. PDF

For those of us who have been Christians for a long time, we recognize today’s Gospel passage as something we have heard many times before. That can be good – we are so familiar with it that we know what’s coming. But there can be a down side to this too – we lose the immediacy and the impact of hearing it, as if for the first time. So let’s put ourselves right inside the scene. Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Day

Rev Felicity O’Brien, Dec 1 2011. All rights reserved. PDF

Mat 10:2 Mar 1:16. 29

Mar 3:18 Luk 6:14

John 1:40 John 6:8 John 12:22 Acts 1:13

When I was asked to talk about St Andrew today, my first reaction was: I know absolutely nothing about him. But then I thought, he does feature in the disciples, as one of the group. We are not told very much about him, but there are some significant points. First, as we heard in the Gospel reading, when Jesus called him to follow, he did just that. No arguments, no looking back, he and his brother Simon went without a second thought, leaving behind a respectable job as fishermen, for a future full of uncertainty. The point to note about Andrew is that he knew who Jesus was – otherwise, why follow him? He responded to Jesus call on his life, trusting that God would look after him. Continue reading

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I’m going to inherit a kingdom!

Rev Felicity O’Brien, August 8th 2011, Luke 12: 32-40. All rights reserved. PDF

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Did you hear that first line? I’m really excited! I’m going to inherit a kingdom! I know, because it says right there in the Gospel reading, that it is my father’s pleasure to give me the kingdom ! That means I’ll be part of the kingdom of God! That sounds like it could be Heaven breaking out on earth! Continue reading

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Abundant possibilities

Felicity O’Brien,13 November 2011. All rights reserved. PDF

Today is our last Sunday worshipping here with you at St Christopher’s. Next Sunday I take up the role of Deacon assistant in the parish of Pauatahanui, after my ordination on Saturday.

When I looked at the roster about today’s service, I noted that the theme for the day is “abundant possibilities ” – This fits in with my journey! It’s a good one for this spring season too– everything is green and gorgeous. Probably something to do with the amount of rain we’ve had recently. My garden is full of abundant possibilities – the rabbits have already produced a litter of seven – see me afterwards if you would like one!  Continue reading

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Bible Sunday

Felicity O’Brien, July 10 2011. All rights reserved. PDF 

This is the time in the Anglican church’s year when we celebrate the Bible, so I’m going to look at some of the issues surrounding the bible –what it isn’t, what it is, and how we can best use it, with a brief look at today’s readings.

I’ve brought along a couple of bibles from home. This one is the Cookie Bible. It tells you all you probably shouldn’t know about baking delicious sugary yummy things, step by step, with full mouthwatering instructions. Continue reading

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Believe in Him, and He will feed you.

Felicity O’Brien, 29 July 2009,John 6:24-35. All rights reserved. PDF

Jesus had just fed the 5000, as we heard in last week’s Gospel reading. But that was not enough for the crowd – they wanted a sign. What did they expect? Wasn’t feeding a crowd from a lunchbox enough? But Jesus tells them not to work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures. He was referring to himself. Continue reading