Pentecost 14

Sunday Sermon 15.09.19 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

When preparing people for Confirmation over the years I have asked them to draw a picture of God and them together, and it has been fascinating to see the range of responses. Sometimes God would be massive, and the person very small! Sometimes the person was big, and a small image of God was drawn in the person’s heart. Sometimes God was smiling, and sometimes scowling. Sometimes God was beside the person, and sometimes God was as far away from the person as it was possible to portray on a page…….

Pentecost 13

Sunday Sermon 08.09.19 Revd Rick Gummow Deacon based in the Maranoa-Warrego Anglican Mission Area

Today we are looking at where our true allegiance lies. Some scripture readings put us on the spot and in today’s gospel reading Jesus spells out for us, what the basic requirements are for discipleship. This is a challenging reading as our text begins with two discipleship sayings that require absolute allegiance to Jesus (14:25-27). Then Jesus provides two brief stories or parables to illustrate the importance of “counting the cost” and giving up all for Jesus (14:28-33)………

Pentecost 12

Sunday Sermon 01.09.19 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

On this day in Australia it is technically the first day of Spring, and ‘though it’s terribly dry there are already many colourful gardens in Toowoomba as we look forward to celebrating the 70th Carnival of Flowers later this month. To my astonishment the daffodil bulbs that I planted in memory of my Dad some months ago are starting to open surrounded by Australian natives. And of course today is Fathers’ Day in Australia and so we give thanks for those we call ‘Dad’… Or, at the very least reflect on the quality of relationship that exists between fathers and grandfathers, children and grandchildren……….

Pentecost 11

Sunday Sermon 25.08.19 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

The Old Testament reading this week describes God calling the very young Jeremiah to speak uncomfortable truths to the leaders of his nation. Some of the words are undoubtedly familiar because over the years they have offered reassurance, identity, and purpose to many. When we read, or listen, to the story we happily make the leap that God was not just speaking to a Jewish boy two thousand six hundred years ago, he was also speaking to us. God was not just saying to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…” God was also saying this to us!……..