Missed a service?
Like to read a sermon again?
Here are a selection of sermons from St Andrew’s.
- On King and Shepherd, Sheep and GoatsSt Andrew’s Anglican Church | Indooroopilly 22 November 2020 | Proper 29 | Christ the King Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25: 31-46 On King and Shepherd, Sheep and Goats A sermon offered by The Reverend Ann Edwards Have you noticed there has been a lot of judgement, fire, and gnashing of teeth over the past few weeks? We’re in a section of Matthew now that immediately precedes the description of the plot against Jesus and his arrest. We’re getting ready for the climax of the text, and so it is probably not surprising that this text has less … Read more
- Getting what we expectSERMON Sunday 15 November 2020 St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Matthew 25:14-30 Getting what we expect ©Suzanne Grimmett I have recently tried out something called an “Escape Room” with a few friends. It is a game where you have to solve a puzzle in a room set up with lots of clues, but no easy answers. It has recognisable characters and plot, but you have to remain in the room to investigate the space to find out what it all means. I think there are some parallels between an escape room and a parable, if we can imagine a parable … Read more
- Flickering wicksSERMON St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Sunday 8 November 1 Thessalonians 4.9-18 Matthew 25.1-13 Flickering wicks ©Suzanne Grimmett Be prepared. That’s what it is all about, right? Now I could preach a nice safe sermon on being ready, keeping your lamps lit with plenty of Bible study and prayer and good works of sacrificial service. I have certainly heard plenty of those sermons in my time. But I think you will have guessed already that that is not the sermon I am going to preach. If this is not a neat moral tale, rather like those of Aesop, then what … Read more
- Quoth the RavenSERMON Sunday 18 October, 2020 Feast of St Luke, Evangelist and Martyr Jeremiah 8.22 – 9.3 Psalm 145.10-18 2 Timothy 4.9-17a Luke 10.1-9 Quoth the Raven ©Suzanne Grimmett Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? Jeremiah 8.22 When across the globe we are in the grip of a pandemic, when the tumultuous pre-election days in the US are dominating the news, and we worry about the future of climate and our planet, this cry from Jeremiah, whether it be God or the prophet speaking, … Read more
- Laughing with sinners and crying with saintsSERMON 10 October 2020 St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Exodus 32.1-14 Psalm 106.1-6, 106.20-24 Philippians 4 Matthew 22.1-14 Laughing with sinners and crying with saints ©Sue Grimmett I wonder what you really think about the idea of a wedding banquet to which we are all invited? This parable can bring to the surface our real beliefs about judgement and eternity, about heaven and hell; beliefs that often find their way into song lyrics. Billy Joel sang, “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints…the sinners are much more fun..” Did you ever find yourself with an uncomfortable … Read more
- Tending the vineyard, making the new wineSERMON Sunday 4th October St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Exodus 20.1-4, 20.7-9, 20.12-20 Psalm 19 Philippians 3 Matthew 21.33-46 Tending the vineyard, making the new wine ©Sue Grimmett I would have sent in the troops. Wouldn’t you? The vineyard had been set up with everything it needed to produce abundant grapes to make into rich wines, but instead everything keeps going wild. The management is descending into chaos and one after another, the servants sent to assist in the harvest are expelled and even put to death by the tenants. The tenants want it all. In their crazy isolation and … Read more
- GenerositySt Andrew’s Anglican Church Indooroopilly | Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 19 and 20 September 2020 Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Generosity – A sermon offered by The Reverend Ann Edwards My husband asked me this week what I was going to preach on – I said to him that I’m going to preach about how women are more generous than men and the poor are more generous than the rich. He stopped, and said to me – “you’re kidding right?” I was and I wasn’t. Let’s put that response in some context – Statistics show us … Read more
- Our Identity is FreedomSERMON Sunday 13 September St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Exodus 14.19-31 Psalm 114 Romans 14.1-14 Matthew 18.21-35 Our Identity is Freedom ©Suzanne Grimmett A viral pandemic has forced many Christians to break the Sunday morning church-going habit of a lifetime. Such a disruption to our routine practices has invited greater reflection for many on why they go to church, and what Christianity is all about for them. Who are we really? As I have been pondering such questions I have revisited Walter Brueggemann’s master work, “The Prophetic Imagination.” He argues that the church has become enculturated, mirroring the … Read more
- Everything belongsSERMON St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Sunday 6 September, 2020 Exodus 12.1-14 Romans 13.1-10 Matthew 18.10-20 Everything belongs ©Suzanne Grimmett This month we celebrate the Season of Creation, a time in the liturgical calendar for us to honour the sacredness of the natural world and our shared place in the web of life. Yet in today’s Gospel we hear not about our essential belonging and unity, but about exclusion and conflict. What we hear today is only a section of the chapter in which all the teachings and stories can be related to the earlier question of the … Read more
- Identity and the new humanitySERMON Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly Sunday 23 August 2020 Identity and the new humanity ©Suzanne Grimmett Who do you say that I am? I wonder what answer we would get from one another if we were to ask each other that question? I think we all know we wouldn’t come up with the answer by navel gazing. Our identity, after all, is always a product of our social context. It is the reason why so many in their short bio will include the titles of mother, or husband or grandparent. It should not surprise us therefore, … Read more