The God Made Known in Every Child

January 14, 2018

Every child is an icon into the nature of God - but how?

A reflection on Psalm 139 and 1 Samuel 3:1-10 as a prelude to an infant dedication, Baptist-style, by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 14 January 2018 (B12)


Prepare the Way: Who, Where, Why and How

December 17, 2017

Reflecting on the prophetic challenge of Advent.

A reflection on Mark 1:1-8 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 17 December 2017 (B02, one week late!). Image shows detail from here.


Beyond Welfare

November 26, 2017

When Christ forms us into his own group, judgement holds no fear.

A reflection on Matthew 25:31-46 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 26 November 2017 (AP29). Image shows a detail from Schmalz, Timothy P. Homeless Jesus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved November 25, 2017]. Original source:


The Billionaire, the Stockbroker, and the Storyteller

November 19, 2017

What if we read the parable of the talents economically? A riff on Matthew 25:14-30 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 19 November 2017 (AP28).

Picture courtesy Winkelman, Roy. European Banknote Montage. 2 December 2011. ClipPix ETC. Retrieved November 19, 2017, from (detail).


It’s You!

November 13, 2017

Who knocks? Who opens the door to the kingdom? A parable.

This was a lectio divina Sunday, so we talked together about Matthew 25:1-13: The parable of the ten bridesmaids. There is no formal sermon, but I finished with a Zen-like story. It’s adapted from John Shea The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers. Year A. On Earth as it is in Heaven. (Collegeville, MN: Order of Saint Benedict, 2004). Image found here.


The Liturgy and the People of God

November 5, 2017

Why do we use a formal liturgy? Curating time and space.

Background to our current practice. Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 5 November 2017


The Great Leader and the Gravedigger

October 29, 2017

What can we learn from Moses' style of leadership?

A reflection on Deuteronomy 34:1-12 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 29 October 2017 (AP25). Image found here.


The Beautiful Backside of God

October 22, 2017

We seek the holy as if it is something we can achieve by our own efforts, as if it is to be had on demand: and God loves us so much that God interrupts.

A reflection on Exodus 33:12-23 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 22 October 2017 (AP24)


Bread in a Time of Hunger

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)


Dry Paths through Seas of Chaos

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).