Parish Musings

Blog posts, sermons, videos and writing from members of the Parish.

Inclusion and exclusion | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Peter Sandeman on Sunday, 5 September, 2021. (Pentecost 15B) When I’m asked to preach I have learned to first check the lectionary. I’ve been caught too often by Priests inviting me to their church...

Law or Liberty | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 29 August, 2021. (Pentecost 14B) “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away”  Song of Solomon 2:13 In our City library, each the books of fiction is adorned with a sticker...

The richness of diversity | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 22 August, 2021. (Pentecost 13B) “Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built”  1 Kings 8:27 W S Gilbert has his Sergeant of...

Being a martyr | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 8 August, 2021. (Pentecost 11B) “I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus...

What God provides | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 1 August, 2021. (Pentecost 10B) “Jesus said to them ‘I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry’””  John 6:35 What do we mean when we “say grace” before...

I can work with that! | Sermon

This sermon was preached online to the congregation of Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 25 July, 2021. (Pentecost 9B) “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?”  John 6:9 I...

Grace and Strength | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 4 July, 2021. (Pentecost 6B) “for whenever I am weak, then I am strong”  II Corinthians 12:10 I don’t know whether you follow the adventures of Hagar the Horrible in the comic...

Touch and violence | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 27 June, 2021. (Pentecost 5B) “Jesus turned…and said, ‘who touched my clothes?’”  Mark 5:30 Touch is so important for us, isn’t it!   We even use the idea of touch as a...

Dealing with change | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 13 June, 2021. (Pentecost 3B) “For the love of Christ urges us on…”  2 Corinthians 6:14 At the meditation time on Thursday, Dianne provided us with a poem by Sister Sandra...

Leadership | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 6 June, 2021. (Pentecost 2B) “Jesus looked at those seated around him and said ‘Here are my mother and my brothers’”  Mark 3:34 In one of the country churches where  I...

God’s purpose | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. (Pentecost B ) Readings:  Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 “…in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power”  Acts...

Ascension | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Thursday, 13 May 2021. (Ascension) “This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven”  Acts 1:11 Above the high altar,...

Queering God and building an inclusive church

Christmas time is a good time to think about life, relationships, and faith. Sometimes that process begins with new thinking about the divine. The starting point is that God is mystery. We cannot put God in a box. Above all, God is the mystery of love, an open,...

Jimmy Barnes and Jeremiah

Sometimes we find ourselves in difficult places, the key question then is 'how did I end up here?' This is the sort of question rock icon Jimmy Barnes and the prophet Jeremiah reflected on, underlining the importance of honest self-reflection and the creation of new...

A transgender Church?

The Church is grateful for its transgender members. They enrich our parishes with their remarkable life experience, personal integrity, and deep empathy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e11yLt44VM4&t=13s

The environment and St Francis of Assisi

4th October is the day we celebrate the Feast of Francis of Assisi. It is a good day to think about how we see the world in which we live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwsHbfo2XfU&t=1s

Rediscovering the sacred and the waterhole

We need to rediscover the sacred. It helps then to rethink how we see God and the Church. So, I start with a description of a brilliant painting of a waterhole by indigenous artist Jimmy Pike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtyAdpCC-4s&t=65s

Changing perspectives, embracing diversity

There is no serious or substantial scholarly research, which can justify the Church's ongoing exclusion of persons on the basis of gender and sexuaulity. But the Church keeps bullying LGBTIQ persons and communities. It is time for a rethink. It is time to change the...

Divine generosity and the Church’s problem with power

Since the Emperor Constantine, the Church as misused power to develop hierarchies, accrue privileges, and marginalize people on the basis of gender, sexuality, and disability. The parable of the labourers in the vineyard subverts systems of ranking and privilege, all...

Challenging ageism

In the age of the virus, value is determined by usefulness, which is monetized. But older people are not things. They are not expendable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njTo2bNolHg

A eulogy for the normal

We took you for granted. At first, we thought our parting was temporary. It was only a matter of time before we would be returning to you. Instead, we mourn your passing. We miss the simple things like strolling through the city, enjoying the bustle, having coffee and...