Sermon Archives

The Sermons page records those sermons preached within the current liturgical three-year cycle.
This Sermon Archives page lists previous sermons still on our server.

Christian Year Date Readings Preacher Theme/Title
Sunday 22 30 Aug 2015 Song of Solomon 2:8-13
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Rev John Candy The context to the challenge of righteous living comes from God.
Sunday 21 23 Aug 2015 1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Rev John Candy Thin places — places where we can sense the supernatural.
Sunday 19 16 Aug 2015 2 Samuel 18:5-9. 15, 31-33
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51
Rev Chris Udy We continue what Jesus did: we work for reconciliation - for peace with justice among ourselves and in the world.
Sunday 18 9 Aug 2015 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35
Rev Chris Udy Faith involves a search for substance; it means looking beyond the surface of things to find truth and meaning.
Sunday 17 26 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 11:1-15
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21
Rev Chris Udy What we hunger for is meaning: a truth that’s richer and deeper than political polls and reality TV shows.
Sunday 16 19 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Rev Chris Udy The walls of the Temple are broken down: walls between Jews and gentiles, between women and men, between ordained and baptised ...
Sunday 15 12 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29
Rev Chris Udy We become symbols of God's presence everywhere in the world
Sunday 14 5 Jul 2015 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13
Rev Chris Udy It’s when we confess our need, that our healing can begin
Sunday 13 28 Jun 2015 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43
Rev Chris Udy Nothing - not even dying - can stop the work of healing God has begun in the love and grace of Jesus
Lent 1 22 Feb 2015 Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Rev Chris Udy commitment... forgiveness... faithfulness
Sunday 12
UCA anniversary
21 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
Mark 4:26-34
Rev Chris Udy Slowly, gently, without violence or bloodshed the kingdom of God is sown and grows
Sunday 11 14 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
Mark 4:26-34
Rev Chris Udy Slowly, gently, without violence or bloodshed the kingdom of God is sown and grows
Sunday 10 7 Jun 2015 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35
Rev Chris Udy Jesus was - and is - subversive. He doesn’t want things to remain as they are.
Trinity 31 May 2015 Isaiah 6:1-8
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17
Rev Chris Udy Just like God in Trinity, we need both to listen and to sing as our lives and the life of the world achieve God’s harmony.
Easter 7 17 May 2015 Acts 1:15-17,21-26
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19
Rev Chris Udy At every point God accepts and absorbs the fear and the hurt of our failure to trust and to live in his love
Easter 6
Mothers Day
10 May 2015 Acts 10:44-48
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17
Susan Cochrane Motherhood
Easter 5 3 May 2015 Acts 8:26-40
1 John 4:7-12
John 15:1-8
Rev Chris Udy "I am the Vine, you are the branches"
ANZAC
Commemoration
26 Apr 2015 Ecclesiastes 3:1-14
1 John 3:18-24
John 10:11-18
Douglas Newton ANZAC Day
Easter 3 19 Apr 2015 Acts 3:12-19
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:35-48
Rev Chris Udy Life at its most enduring and influential, grows out of relationships
Easter 2 12 Apr 2015 Acts 4:32-35
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy In Jesus we find a life-companion, who travels with us
Easter Day 5 Apr 2015 Isaiah 25:6-9
1 Cor. 15:1-11
John 20:1-18
Rev Chris Udy Jesus isn’t finished with his rising - it still happens
Good Friday
29 Mar 2015 Mark 14:26 - 15:47 Rev Chris Udy Good Friday asks us to journey with him, and not to look away
Maundy Thursday 2 Apr 2015 Mark 14:1-11
John 13:1-15
Rev Chris Udy Intimacy
Palm Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11
Rev Chris Udy Jesus on the donkey was coming to bring an entirely different kingdom to the world
Lent 5 22 Mar 2015 Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
Rev Chris Udy Suffering and sadness, pain and death are not the end of the way for any of us, and they can never mean that God has abandoned us.
Lent 4 15 Mar 2015 Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
Rev Chris Udy What it means to have been saved
Lent 3 8 Mar 2015 Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-22
Rev Chris Udy We are made in love, for love, to love
Lent 2 1 Mar 2015 Genesis 17:1-10,15-19
Romans 4:16-25
Mark 8:31-38
Rev Chris Udy We are disciples of Jesus. Our identity is founded and formed in God’s affirmation of love
Lent 1 22 Feb 2015 Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 6 15 Feb 2015 2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 5 8 Feb 2015 Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 4 1 Feb 2015 Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 3 25 Jan 2015 Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Mark 1:14-20
Rev Chris Udy
Epiphany 2 18 Jan 2015 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
John 1:35-42
Rev Chris Udy
Baptism of Jesus 11 Jan 2015 Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
Rev Chris Udy
Christmas 1 4 Jan 2015 Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
Rev Chris Udy
Christmas 1 28 Dec 2014 Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40
Rev Chris Udy The shadow of Christmas
Christmas
Day
25 Dec 2014 John 1:1-14 Rev Chris Udy Christ saves us by his birth
Advent 4 21 Dec 2014 Service of Lessons and Carols Rev Chris Udy There's a paradox...
Advent 2 7 Dec 2014 Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Matthew 1:1-8
Rev Chris Udy When Jesus comes - as he always does - he may not look and act as we’ve expected
Reign of Christ 23 Nov 2014 Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
Rev Chris Udy Today we celebrate the vision of a world that believes that kindness is the secret to salvation.
Sunday 33A 16 Nov 2014 Judges 4:1-7
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-10
Rev Chris Udy
Douglas Newton
Remembrance
Sunday 32A 9 Nov 2014 Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Messiah is among us.
Sunday 30A 26 Oct 2014 Deuteronomy 34:1-12
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
Rev Chris Udy The meaning of life is to live in love with God and with our neighbours
Sunday 29A 19 Oct 2014 Exodus 33:12-23
1Thess. 1: 1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
Rev Chris Udy We need a regular rhythm of worship to give God what belongs to God
Sunday 28A 12 Oct 2014 Exodus 32:1-14
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
Rev Chris Udy God’s celebrations are about inclusion. God made all this variety and made everyone different.
Sunday 27A 5 Oct 2014 Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
Rev Chris Udy God’s healing always begins in empathy and compassion.
Sunday 25A 21 Sep 2014 Exodus 16:2-15
Philippians 1:23-30
Matthew 20:1-16
Rev Dr Bruce Roy It is easy to be distracted by a particular (noble) agenda and miss the point of why we do what we do.
Sunday 24A 14 Sep 2014 Exodus 14:19-31
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
Rev Chris Udy What we do to those around us will return - and it’s up to us to choose a way of life
Sunday 23A
Fathers Day
7 Sep 2014 Psalm 128
Romans 8:31-39
Paul Howell Unconditional love, from the Father
Sunday 22A 31 Aug 2014 Exodus 3:1-15
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
Rev Chris Udy We have to find our own way of the cross, as a congregation and as individual disciples.
Sunday 21A 24 Aug 2014 Genesis 45:1-15
Romans 11:1,2a,29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
Rev Chris Udy Let’s be argumentative with God!
Sunday 19A 10 Aug 2014 Genesis 37:1-4,12-28
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
Rev Chris Udy We trust in the God whose desire for healing and for peace took him to a cross
Sunday 18A 3 Aug 2014 Genesis 32:22-31
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21
Rev Chris Udy We are no longer only people who wrestle with God - we are also people who eat with God
Sunday 17A 27 Jul 2014 Genesis 29:15-28
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
Rev Chris Udy When people set the Kingdom as their priority, they discover, not only peace and hope - but also joy.
Sunday 16A 20 Jul 2014 Genesis 28:10-19a
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30
Rev Chris Udy We have to live together, in trust and hope, forgiving those who hurt us and asking for forgiveness from those we hurt.
Sunday 14A 6 Jul 2014 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Romans 7:14-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Rev Chris Udy “Take my yoke upon you” asks us to treat ourselves and others as worthy of dignity and respect
Sunday 13A 29 Jun 2014 Genesis 22:1-14
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42
Rev Chris Udy “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me” Jesus said; “and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
UCA 37th anniversary 22 Jun 2014 Genesis 21:8-21
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39
Rev Chris Udy We are a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal
Pentecost 8 Jun 2014 Acts 2:1-21
1 Corinthians 12:4-13
John 20:19-23
Rev Chris Udy We’ll dedicate our individual gifts as well as our life together in ‘Spirited Community’
Ascension 1 Jun 2014 Acts 1:6-14
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
Rev Chris Udy God’s mission of loving, forgiving, proclaiming and healing moves on through Spirited communities
Easter 2 27 Apr 2014 Acts 2:14a,22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Certainty stifles growth, doubt has the opportunity to grow into new meaning and an acceptance of ambiguity.
Easter Day 20 Apr 2014 Jeremiah 31:1-6
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 28:1-10
Rev Chris Udy Active belief - belief in the risen Jesus - continues where belief about him can’t go
Palm Sunday 13 Apr 2014 Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 21:1-11
Rev Chris Udy True peace doesn’t come without a cost. It only comes with love, and with courage, and with sacrifice.
Lent 5 6 Apr 2014 Exodus 37:1-14
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45
Rev Chris Udy God’s creative impulse and ultimate desire is love
Lent 4 30 Mar 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Rev Chris Udy In Jesus we see that the world God is creating and redeeming is a place of compassion and justice
Lent 3 23 Mar 2014 Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Rev Chris Udy What Jesuse offered wasn’t a rule, or a law, or an idea, but a relationship - of trust - of faith
Lent 2 16 Mar 2014 Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Rev Chris Udy God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
Lent 1 9 Mar 2014 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Rev Chris Udy Each of us needs to test our vocation - and that process almost always leads us into a wilderness
Epiphany 7 23 Feb 2014 Isaiah 11:1-4
Romans 12:1-18,21
John 20:19-23
Rev Chris Udy The Spirit in our Spirited Community is the Go-between God – the God who makes connections
Epiphany 6 16 Feb 2014 Deuteronomy 30:15-20
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37
Rev Chris Udy Jesus is the model for our lives, calling us to see ourselves clearly, to know ourselves honestly, and to follow him closely
Epiphany 5 9 Feb 2014 Isaiah 58:1-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20
Rev Chris Udy We’re called to be like salt, and light, and yeast.
Epiphany 4 2 Feb 2014 Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
Rev Chris Udy God is revealed in the world, not as the one who controls but as the one who hopes and works in and through us.
Epiphany 3
Australia Day
26 Jan 2014 Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
Rev Chris Udy The message of the cross is foolishness
Epiphany 2 19 Jan 2014 Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
John 1:29-42
Rev Chris Udy We have the message and the memory and the experience of God’s love and grace, and it’s our turn to pass it on
Baptism of Jesus 12 Jan 2014 Isaiah 4:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Rev Chris Udy Every person, of whatever culture, gender, race or faith, is affirmed and valued as a much-loved child of God
Christmas 2 5 Jan 2014 Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:10-18
Rev Chris Udy Stories structure and form our inner life - giving foundation, understanding, vision, hope, warnings, identity
Christmas 1 29 Dec 2013 Isaiah 63:7-9
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23
Rev Chris Udy In the shadow of Christmas
Christmas
Day
25 Dec 2013 John 1:1-11 Rev Chris Udy The Word became flesh
Advent 3A 15 Dec 2013 Matthew 11:2-11 Rev Chris Udy Reflection by John Shea
Advent 2A 8 Dec 2013 Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Rev Chris Udy Signs of the Kingdom of God coming in light and in power
Advent 1A 1 Dec 2013 Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Rev Chris Udy We need to live each day, and every day, in hopeful expectation
Reign of Christ 24 Nov 2013 Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43
Rev Chris Udy The reign of Christ isn’t only personal and spiritual - it spills out through all of life's relationships
Sunday 33C 17 Nov 2013 Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
Rev Chris Udy When we focus on Jesus as our teacher and companion, we find ourselves being called back to compassion and spirituality
Sunday 28C 13 Oct 2013 Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 16:19-31
Rev Chris Udy We can be people who aren’t defeated by difference - we can give thanks to God for people who aren’t like us
Sunday 26C
Social Justice Sunday
29 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15
Psalm 66:1-2
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 17:11-19
Rev Chris Udy Understanding that we are part of the problem, and that we can help, is the beginning of healing
Sunday 25C
International Day of Peace
22 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:1
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13
Rev Chris Udy Building relationships of genuine respect and compassion will always be better than accumulating wealth and property
Sunday 24C 15 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 4:11-12,22-28
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10
Rev Chris Udy The Father God is, right now, searching for us, seeking us out, coming out to find us
Sunday 23C 8 Sep 2013 Jeremiah 18:1-11
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33
Rev Chris Udy When our hope and security is not in our possessions, but in the crucified and risen Jesus, then weakness can be forgiven, and failure isn’t final
Sunday 22C
Fathers Day
1 Sep 2013 Scott Bremner The need to draw strength from each other
Sunday 21C 25 Aug 2013 Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17
Rev Chris Udy God still comes into congregations and disturbs their peace and order
Sunday 20C 18 Aug 2013 Isaiah 5:1-7
Ps 80:1-2,8-19
Heb 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56
Rev Chris Udy "Run with perseverance the race that’s set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith"
Sunday 18C 4 Aug 2013 Hosea 11:1-11
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12: 13-21
Rev Chris Udy There is, in Christ, at work in this world, a power for creation, and compassion, and resurrection
Sunday 17C 28 Jul 2013 Genesis 18:20-33
Colossians 2:6-15
Luke 11:1-13
Rev Chris Udy "Faith isn’t fixed - it changes; it’s a doing-word. It’s a process, a journey, a conversation."
125th anniversary 21 Jul 2013 Jer. 29:5-7,10-14
1 Cor. 12:4-13
John 15:1-17
Lorna Bassett
Bruce Roy
Rev Chris Udy
125th anniversary of the Presbyterian/Uniting Church in Crows Nest
Sunday 15C 14 Jul 2013 Amos 7:7-17
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37
Rev Chris Udy God is for us
Sunday 14C 7 Jul 2013 2 Kings 5:1-14
Luke 10:1-11,16-20
Rev Chris Udy Sharing your faith
Sunday 13C 30 Jun 2013 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62
Rev Dr Bruce Roy Leadership belongs to the team
UCA anniversary 23 Jun 2013 1 Kings:19:1-15a Rev Chris Udy Uniting Church 36th anniversary
Sunday 11C 16 Jun 2013 Luke 7:36-8:3 Rev Chris Udy Forgiveness
Sunday 10C 9 Jun 2013 1 Kings 17:8-24
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17
Rev Chris Udy Resurrection, not only on Easter day, but every day
Letter to the Crows Nesters 2 Jun 2013 Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 10:25-37
Rev Dr Clive Pearson What would an apostle like Paul write to Crows Nest Uniting Church?
Trinity Sunday 26 May 2013 Prov. 8:1-4,22-31
Romans 5:1-6
John 16:12-15
Rev Chris Udy May we all live with Wisdom, as we watch and wait for how God will meet us next.
Pentecost 19 May 2013 Genesis 11:1-9
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:8-17,25-27
Rev Chris Udy God calls us to responsible choices and intimate partnership in the work of healing and peace.
Easter 7C
Mothers Day
12 May 2013 Acts 16:16-34
John 17:20-26
Rev Chris Udy "Mothers and fathers should not be left to do it on their own"
Easter 6C 5 May 2013 Acts 16:9-15
Rev 21:10,22-22:5
Jn 14:23-29
Rev Chris Udy "Peace I leave with you; wholeness, health, and integrity I give to you"
Easter 5C 28 Apr 2013 Acts 11:1-18
Rev 21:1-6
Jn 13:31-35
Rev Chris Udy The "mark" a Christian wears is love
Easter 4C 21 Apr 2013 Acts 9:36-45
Rev 7:9-17
Jn 10:22-30
Rev Chris Udy God's hope creates in us new life - and a new vision of humanity
Easter 3C 14 Apr 2013 Acts 9:1-20
Rev 5:11-14
Jn 21:1-19
Rev Chris Udy Commissioned to love God and neighbour
Easter 2C 7 Apr 2013 Acts 5:27-32
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31
Rev Chris Udy Doubt, forgiveness and the gift of life
Easter Day 31 Mar 2013 Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24: 1-12
Rev Chris Udy Life rises
Palm Sunday 24 Mar 2013 Isa 50:4-9a
Phil 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40
Rev Chris Udy working for transformation
Lent 5C 17 Mar 2013 Isa 43:16-21
Ps 126
Phil 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Rev Chris Udy Mary of Bethany's extravagant grateful gift and ministry
Lent 4C 10 Mar 2013 Joshua 5:9-12
2 Cor. 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Rev Chris Udy parable of a family - younger son, older son and father
Lent 3C 3 Mar 2013 Isaiah 55:1-9
1 Cor.10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
Rev Chris Udy Repentance... and Fruitfulness
Lent 2C 24 Feb 2013 Gen 15:1-12,17-18
Phil 3:17 to 4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Rev Chris Udy "Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord"
Lent 1C 17 Feb 2013 Luke 4:1-13 Rev Chris Udy A minister's first sermon...
Lent 6C 28 Mar 2010 Luke 19:35-4 Rev Michael Barnes What happens after the parade?
Lent 3C 7 Mar 2010 Luke 8:1-3 Rev Michael Barnes Some women accompany Jesus on the road
Lent 2C 28 Feb 2010 Luke 13 Rev Michael Barnes Confront the powers