September 24, 2017
Even if we feel like we’re wandering aimlessly; even if we’re grumbling; even if we’re longing for the old ways, we must remember: these feelings have precedent. The people of God have been here before...
A reflection on Exodus 16:2-15 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 24 September 2017 (AP20)
September 17, 2017
In God’s new creation, dry paths show the way to freedom: so, where are we being led?
A reflection on Exodus 14:19-31 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 17 September 2017 (AP19).
September 10, 2017
As privileged people, we can’t simply claim the story of the Exodus without reflection, repentance, and concrete response. But if we are willing to hear God’s grief and anger at the suffering of the poor; if we are willing to acknowledge the horrors of our past; if we are willing to engage with the violence of our present, then we can move towards a different future.
A reflection on Exodus 12:1-14 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 10 September 2017 (AP18). Image shows Lamentations over the Death of the First-born of Egypt by Charles Sprague Pearce - Self-photographed, Caroline Léna Becker, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20392746
August 27, 2017
The church needs a diversity of people, united by a passion for life.
A short reflection bouncing off Exodus 1:8-2:10 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 27 August 2017 (AP16), on the occasion of the service of recommitment for the year.
August 20, 2017
Next week, we reconstitute the congregation for the coming year. So what does this look like here?
A reflection on Genesis 45:1-15 & Psalm 133, Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 20 August 2017 (AP15)
August 13, 2017
God’s economy of abundance is not about limitless economic growth, but fullness of life.
A reflection on Genesis 37:1-28 and beyond, given to Sanctuary, 13 August 2017 (AP14).
July 30, 2017
Leah and Rachel's relationship reveals the toxic effects of the patriarchy. So is the patriarchy God's will?
A reflection on Genesis 29:14b-30:24, 35:16-20 given to Sanctuary, 30 July 2017 (AP12).
July 23, 2017
Many of us think blessing is a reward for good behaviour, but the story of Jacob paints a different picture of God.
A reflection on Genesis 28:10-22, given to Sanctuary, 23 July 2017 (AP11). Image found here.
July 16, 2017
Jacob was a trickster: a grabby liar who swindled his brother out of a blessing, and an inheritance. Yet God chose Jacob as the father of Israel; and through Jesus, you are invited into the family, too.
A retelling of Genesis 25:19-28:5 for Sanctuary, 16 July 2017 (AP10).
July 2, 2017
The usual interpretation of the binding of Isaac is that God requires us to sacrifice everything, even, if asked, our own children. But could a contextual awareness provide a different and more life-giving reading?
A reflection on Genesis 22:1-14 given to Sanctuary, 2 July 2017 (AP08).