The story of the people of Israel traveling through the desert of Sin reminds us of the absolute dependency of human beings on water. Many of the current conflict zones have as one of their roots the lack of water. For instance, the war in Syria was preceded by 7 years of drought which pushed… Continue reading Water is Life
Today our readings speak to us about Humankind's greed and God’s provision. In the parable of the workers today Jesus makes the point that all the workers should get a living wage and that none should be denied the basic provision of life. Over the years the Capitalist system has brought about great inequality in… Continue reading Need not Greed
Homily by Bishop Geoff DaviesNarrated by Fr. Andrew Manning https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisToti/videos/648055319440115/ Introduction.How do the Scriptures, written two to three thousand years ago, relate to life in our current challenges? COVID-19 has turned our country, our communities and our churches upside down. We don’t know exactly where it came from, but it seems that it probably came… Continue reading Season of Creation – 6 September
We are challenged by the text this morning to become people of light. God’s transforming spirit is a blazing fire which consumes evil but, radiates and beams the brilliance of God’s glory. Moses encounters God in a burning bush in the middle of the desert. I am sure that Moses was really puzzled about what… Continue reading THE WAY OF THE CROSS – Sermon by Revd Peta May
12th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon by Revd Andrew Manning. The video and the text is below. God bless you abundantly. https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisToti/videos/229655411706438/ On Alpha Last weekend we did the Holy Spirit Weekend It is very different doing it online without the normal physical bond that is present on such a weekend. The talks for the… Continue reading Using your gifts for God
Homily based on Matthew 15: 21-28 “We need to talk.” These four words are a call to attention and have the potential to immediately strike fear in the ears of the listener. It is the classic introduction to a break-up conversation, or bad news is going to be delivered. It indicates that something big is… Continue reading Ruffling Feathers
https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisToti/videos/919667698444526/ If it is you, Jesus, call me out to you on the water, for all who call on the Name of the Lord will be saved! A homily by Fr Andrew Manning 9 August 2020Let us pray:God of awesome wonder:bless us with bold beliefeven in the darkness of the nightand the assault of life's… Continue reading Come, let’s walk on water.
https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisToti/videos/290102125557121/ Have you ever been so focused on something that you lost track of time and forgot to eat, or suddenly the day was nearly over and you hadn’t been to the shops to buy supper, or maybe you’ve tossed and turned all night bothered by something and struggled to get your head around it… Continue reading Sermon by Fr. Andrew Manning – 2 August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisToti/videos/306740313855340/ Homily based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The Good Seed and the Bad Seed. Homicide is the killing of a human being. Regicide is the killing of a king. Suicide is the killing of oneself. So why is herbicide not the killing of plants? The dictionary defines it as a weed killer, used to kill vegetation. Today’s parable is… Continue reading The Good Seed and the Bad Seed.
In Matthew 11:25-26 we see the expression, “you have hidden . . . and revealed.” God is the one choosing those to whom he will reveal his truth. All human wisdom and learning is irrelevant to the question of knowing God (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and Matthew 11:21-24). God is revealing the truth to the humble… Continue reading Sermon – “you have hidden . . . and revealed.”