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  • On King and Shepherd, Sheep and Goats
    St 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 expect
    SERMON  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 wicks
    SERMON  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 Raven
    SERMON  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 saints
    SERMON  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 wine
    SERMON  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
  • Generosity
    St 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 Freedom
    SERMON  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 belongs
    SERMON   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 humanity
    SERMON   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