Epiphany 4

Sermon 02.02.20 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

This is the first of four Sundays before the beginning of Lent. In the readings each week we can identify the common theme that Christian faith offers a life-giving way of being in the world. More than Creeds and Doctrines; more than a community of shared belief; Christian faith offers distinct ways of understanding who we are, where we come from, and what our purpose is……….

Epiphany 3  Australia Day

Sermon 26.01.20 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

Seventy-seven local government elections are held in Queensland every four years and the count-down this year has begun because the 28th March election day is now nine weeks away. The familiar smiling faces of serving Councillors will appear on signs and in Facebook feeds, together with the new faces of people seeking election for the first time. Each candidate will articulate what they believe needs to have priority over the next four years and these will include social cohesion, economic development, water management and infrastructure. The candidates will not ask us to follow them, because they are not religious gurus, but they will ask for our vote! They will ask for the opportunity to serve and lead and make a difference for good

Epiphany 2

Sermon 19.01.20 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

There is a beautiful poem that I had on the wall of my study for some years which reads, ‘Çhrist has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world; yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now.’ The words are attributed to the sixteenth century saint and mystic Teresa of Avila, who was a Spanish Carmelite nun……..

The Baptism of our Lord

Sermon 12.01.20 The Right Reverend Cameron Venables

One of the really great things about living in Toowoomba is the opportunity to become friends with people from many different parts of the world. Women and men who have come to Australia as migrants or refuges and who now call Australia home. As life is shared together you get to hear what it was like growing up in different places, and often they describe a context very different to my own.