Satisfying the Hunger Within

March 24, 2019

What are you hungry for? What are you craving? Food? Friendship? The dulling of the pain? An end to loneliness? The lighting up of the darkness? The warm embrace of love? To be hungry is to be human. To feed ourselves is to be human. And we live in a ravenous age ...

A reflection on Isaiah 55:1-9 given to Sanctuary, 24 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Predatory foxes and powerless hens

March 17, 2019

Where was God? A friend's question answered.

Please be aware: This reflection contains a brief description of domestic / family violence.

A reflection on Luke 13:29-35 given to Sanctuary, 17 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Journey to Jerusalem: A roadmap

March 3, 2019

The transfiguration provides a roadmap for the Lenten journey to Jerusalem. 

A reflection on Luke 9:28b-36 (37-45) given to Sanctuary, 3 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Context, culture and corporate identity: Understanding the sermon on the plain

February 24, 2019

The Zen Master Shichiri Kojun sat reciting sutras when all of a sudden a thief burst in, brandishing a sharp sword. He demanded his money or his life. “Do not disturb me,” said Shichiri. “You will find the money in that drawer over there.” Then he continued with his sutras ...

A reflection on Luke 6:27-38 given to Sanctuary, 24 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Comfortably distant from God

February 14, 2019

When do we encounter God's healing presence? 

A reflection on Luke 6:17-26 given to Sanctuary, 17 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Going deeper at work with Jesus

February 10, 2019

Close your eyes, and consider your workplace ...

A guided meditation drawing on the themes of Luke 5:1-11 offered to Sanctuary, 10 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

Seeing through God’s Eyes Takes Practice

February 3, 2019

It takes regular practice to learn to see through God's eyes: but what does that practice include?

A reflection on  Luke 2:21-40 given to Sanctuary, 3 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.

The Way of Jesus Christ

January 27, 2019

What is the way of Jesus Christ? including an introduction to canonical criticism.

A reflection on Luke 4:14-22 given to Sanctuary, 27 January 2019 (C13)

Let’s Make a Splash!

January 13, 2019

Exploring the depths of baptism. A reflection on Luke 3:15-22 given to Sanctuary, 13 January 2019 (C11)

For Christmas hope and healing, look to the shadows

December 24, 2018

All around the world, people are preparing. The fridges are filled; the tables are set; the gifts are wrapped and waiting under the tree. The tinsel shimmers and Sinatra sings, as the world prepares for Christmas. It’s a wonderful time, a joyful time; we should all be so excited. So why, for so many of us, does it feel so hard?

A reflection on Luke 2:1-20 given to Sanctuary, 23 December 2018 (our early Christmas service) © Alison Sampson, 2018.