Sermon Audio: Canon R. Hurkmans
"How Beautiful" Leslie Kennedy
One of the most powerful things about a meal is its ability to either INCLUDE or EXCLUDE other people. Deep down we all long to feel included. We all hunger for significance. We want to know that our lives "matter" to others. But unfortunately we pursue meaning and significance through beauty, wealth, or accomplishments. Ultimately, these will let us down. Today we meet Zacchaeus: a man who sought significance through wealth, but who found himself excluded from the rest of society. He was on the outside looking in... until he met Jesus.
We all sense that the world isn't supposed to be this way. And deep down we all hope that the world will one day be made right again. This "world-made-right" idea is called (by Christians) the Kingdom of God, and Jesus came to set up that Kingdom. In other words, Jesus came to fulfil our deepest longings and to make the world right again. But he did this in a very strange way. He seemed to spend most of his time eating and drinking with people. How does that work? How can the world be repaired and how can our hopes be fulfilled by a saviour who spends most of his time at the dinner table "eating and drinking" (Luke 7:24)? Today we unwrap the "Kingdom of God" and explore how God's coming renewal is best described as a great, big banquet. And guess what? We are invited to join the feast!
Sermon Audio: Canon R. Hurkmans
The Bible could have said that Jesus came "teaching." But it didn't. The Bible could have said that Jesus came "healing." But it didn't. It could have said that Jesus came "preaching." But the Bible doesn't say any of these things. Instead we read in Matthew 11:19 that "the Son of Man came eating and drinking." Does it surprise you that Jesus' primary task on earth was to eat and drink with people? Why did Jesus spend so much of his time at dinner tables instead of in pulpits? Today we begin our Lenten study of the Meals of Jesus, and we soon discover that a shared meal has the potential to be one of life's most memorable and transformative experiences. Today Tami Zacharias examines the meal Jesus ate with Levi, better known as Matthew. Join us!
Sermon Audio: Tami Zacharias
Meals with Jesus Teaser
The Bible tells us that Jesus "came eating and drinking." (Matthew 11:19) Jesus was also known as a "glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Everywhere you look in the New Testament, Jesus seems to be eating. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Jesus used table fellowship as a way of unfolding his unique vision for the world. When Jesus came to dinner amazing things happened and lives were changed. So, this Lent and Easter: come to the table, pull up a chair, and realize the power of simple meal.Throughout the season of Lent.
2015 was an amazing year at St. J & B. Every year we look back at the year that was, and look forward to the year ahead. Catch the details from our annual meeting (Vestry 2016) in the podcast below. God bless St. J & B in 2016!
Audio: Canon Rob's Vestry Report
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.