Parish Musings

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

Acts: An Earth Bible Commentary | Review

Book review by the the Revd Dr John Littleton. Michael Trainor, 2021. Acts An Earth Bible Commentary About Earth’s Children: An Ecological Listening to The Acts of the Apostles (London: T&T Clark). Paperback edition. Pages 191. Kindle $45.90; Paperback $72.24;...

Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times | Review

Book review by the the Revd Dr John Littleton. Jonathan Sacks, Morality Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (London: Hodder, 2021). First published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2020. This paperback edition with a new foreword by Justin Welby, Archbishop of...

Commitment | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 17 October, 2021. (Pentecost 21B) Readings: Job 38:1 - 7, 34 - 41 Psalm 104:1 - 10, 26 Hebrews 5:1 - 10 Mark 10:35 - 45 Click here to view the readings in full at the...

Distance from God | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 10 October, 2021. (Pentecost 20B) Readings: Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-1 Hebrews 4:12 - 16 Mark 10:17 - 31 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common...

Marriage and divorce | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 3 October, 2021. (Pentecost 19B) Readings: Job 1:1, 2:1 - 10 Psalm 26 Hebrews 1:1 - 4, 2:5 - 12 Mark 10:2 - 16 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common...

Praying for the sick | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 26 Septmber, 2021. (Pentecost 18B) Readings: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20 - 22 James 5:12 - 20 Mark 9:38 - 50 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common...

The power of speech | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 19 Septmber, 2021. (Pentecost 17B) Readings: Proverbs 31:10 - 31 Psalm 1 James 3:1 - 12 Mark 9:30 - 37 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common...

Wisdom or Foolishness | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 12 Septmber, 2021. (Pentecost 16B) Readings: Proverbs 31:10 - 31 Psalm 1 James 1:20b - 25 Mark 8:27 - 38 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary When I’m asked to preach I have learned to first check the...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away”  Song of Solomon 2:13...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “Jesus said to them ‘I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “There is a boy here who has five barley...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “for whenever I am weak, then I am strong”  II Corinthians 12:10 I...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “Jesus turned…and said, ‘who touched my clothes?’”  Mark 5:30 Touch...

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) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “For the love of Christ urges us on…”  2 Corinthians 6:14 At the...

Leadership | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Sunday, 6 June, 2021. (Pentecost 2B) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “Jesus looked at those seated around him and said ‘Here are my mother...

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 Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “…in our...

Ascension | Sermon

This sermon was preached at Saint Oswald’s Parkside by the Revd Canon Bill Goodes on Thursday, 13 May 2021. (Ascension) Click here to view the readings in full at the Vanderbilt Common Lectionary “This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the...

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...