Category: Reflections

This is the place where you can hopefully find sermons and other reflections that have been part of Cornerstone worship. They may be in text form or podcasts. Comments on these when they appear will be welcome.

Christmas 1 Address by Revd George Mwaura – Sunday, 29 December 2019

Many people have this romantic and idealistic notion that Christmas must be perfect. Such people have the tendency to dwell on the sentimental aspects of Christmas as an escape from the harsh, cold realities of life. The truth is, Christmas has always been untidy, and the powers of evil were active at work when Christ was born, and they are still active today.
Yes, even during Christmas, there are countless, untold stories of children being trafficked, abused, tortured and even killed. Unfortunately, most of these stories don’t make the headlines. This morning, our gospel lesson brings us such a story to shake us from our post Christmas sleep induced by all the good food and wine. We awake from our slumber to hear too many parents wailing and lamenting for their children and they refuse to be consoled because they’ve lost their children: they’ve lost their children to the forces of globalisation, child labour and sweat shops; they’ve lost their children to street gangs, drug cartels and militias who force young children to kill their own people. They’ve lost their children to the sex industry and sometimes the trafficked children are transported to far-flung destinations and the parents never see them again. Such are the harsh, cold realities of our world today. In this sense, nothing much has changed in the last two thousand years: Far too often it seems that the dark forces have the upper hand!

Advent 3 Address by Revd George Mwaura

If you have ever been jailed or locked up by the police, perhaps you can appreciate how different things must have looked for John behind those prison walls. The denial of freedom and confinement to a limited space can quash one’s spirit. For, if ever the phrase ‘free spirit’ applied to anyone, it was John. As we mentioned last week, he lived in the dessert, dressed outrageously and said what he wanted to say without holding back, until Herod Antipas locked him up.
We don’t know much about John, so we don’t know if he was able to keep his ego in check when multitudes gathered from Jerusalem and the surrounding villages to hear him preach. Perhaps it is safe to say that John felt a kind of excitement with so much religious energy in the air. There was some expectation at the beginning of John’s ministry that something was about to happen, and John’s mission was to prepare the people because someone was coming whose sandals he was not worthy to untie.
John was sure that when this powerful person arrived, things would change. He expected the righteous to be vindicated and the evil and corrupt to be confronted. He therefore could not understand why he was in prison for speaking the truth while the Messiah who sets people free was around and had not sent the cavalries to rescue him. Was he frustrated, angry, bitter? We don’t know; but I am almost certain he was very disappointed! John had once made the multitude tremble with his words. Now he had to pass through his disciples to ask Jesus a question; and his question was this: Are you the one who is to come or are we to wait for another?

Sermon for the Renewal of Covenant – Sunday, 23 September 2018

Revd Canon Helen D. Cameron, Chair of Northampton District of the Methodist Church It is a pleasure and privilege to take part in the service today. From the Gospel according to John: ‘Abide in my love’ The readings we have just heard [Ephesians 4: 1–6 and John 15: 1–9] are core texts for ecumenism ,so they...

Lent 2017 Meditation 5

The Gift of Giving Lent Meditations by Revd Paul Le Sueur Lent 5 The Gift of Money This week we start with the task. Task Make a list of all the parables of Jesus you can think of that mention money. Make a list of incidents you can think of in the Gospels that mention money....

Lent 2017 Meditation 4

The Gift of Giving Lent Meditations by Revd Paul Le Sueur Lent 4 The Gift of Other People ‘Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I shall make a partner suited to him.”’ Genesis 2: 18. Few would choose to be hermits. For our physical, mental and spiritual...

Lent 2017 Meditation 3

The Gift of Giving Lent Meditations by Revd Paul Le Sueur Lent 3 The Gift of Talents Eight American and two English clergy were asked to write down twelve things that they were good at. The Americans all finished long before the English. Had it been twelve things we were no good at, the result would...

Lent 2017 Meditation 2

The Gift of Giving Lent Meditations by Revd Paul Le Sueur Lent 2 Time for God There are 86,400 gifts that God gives us every day. Or 1440 gifts if you prefer minutes to seconds. Within that span, what can we ‘spare’ to give back to God? Suppose if someone said to you, ‘I have no...

Lent 2017 Meditation 1

The Gift of Giving Lent Meditations by Revd Paul Le Sueur Lent 1 The Gift of Giving – Introduction The slogan for Islam is ‘God is great,’ and that is true. God is greater than the Universe with its thousands of millions of planets, stars and galaxies. The very size of the Universe can seem intimidating...