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A meditation on Mary and Martha

When Jesus visits Mary and Martha, he is not commenting on 'be-ers'  and 'do-ers' - not playing off a contemplative spirituality against an activist spirituality.  Martha's problem is not that she is active but that her meditation is on her rights and Mary's wrongs - her focus is on Mary, not on Jesus.
This sermon is an invitation to listen to Jesus through imaginatively engaging with the story from Martha's point of view.
It was preached on Sunday 21st July at Sunday Night at St John's, Southgate, Vic.
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Our true humanity consists in five fundamental relationships:

  • Relationship with God
  • Relationship with ourselves
  • Relationship with other humans with whom we are in contact (community)
  • Relationship with the wider human world
  • Relationship with the cosmos - the created order

Unfortunately, God is easily displaced from the centre - and this then distorts all other relationships. Jesus restores God to God's rightful place and from this centre brings about transformation of all the other relationships - a restoration of true humanity.

This sermon was preached on Sunday 14th July 2013 at the Sunday Night at St John's service.

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Humans are given the task by God of 'serving' and 'taking care of' the world that he has created.
Ecological stewardship is a basic part of our humanity. Yet we often instead 'exploit' and 'dominate' creation.
Jesus calls and transforms us into true humanity - he came not only to restore human relationships to God, but to restore the cosmos itself, the whole of the created order. John 3:16, one of the most famous verses in the Bible, says (literally in Greek) 'for God so loved the cosmos that he gave his one and only Son...'
Not only human sin, but also the death and resurrection of Jesus, has cosmic consequences.

This sermon was preached on Sunday, July 7th at the Sunday Night at St John's service.
It's designed to be used in conjunction with

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Each human being is involved in a search for intimacy - being fully known, seen, appreciated and loved simply for who they are.  Being married, single, or in between is an important part of our humanity. Both can be gifts from God. Both can help to draw one closer to God - or further away.
Ultimately, this search for intimacy is fulfilled in God - who is drawing all people and inviting them to the Wedding Party at the End of the Universe.

This sermon was preached at Sunday Night at St John's, Southgate, on June 30, 2013.
It is designed to be used in conjunction with

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