Sermons by Rev Fiona Gardner

Sermons by Rev Fiona Gardner

Falling in Love with God

On Mothers’ Day with its theme of love, Fiona talks about falling in love with God. She suggests that love is what life is all about, yet it’s one of the simplest and at the same time most complicated things to express. When we look at what it means to love God we are challenged as to why we do things in our lives and what God wants for us. Our model for…

The Purpose of the Church

Fiona talks about being clear about the purpose of the Church and how various Christian writers have seen it. She talks about the root purpose of the church, in the great commandments in Matthew 22:34-40 – how loving God means holding nothing back. The means loving God with every fibre of our being, just like David and Daniel in the Old Testament. We need to love…

Planting seeds for a growing Church

Readings – Matthew 16: 13-20 and 1 Corinthians 3: 1-16. Fiona talks about what has been learned from the Place for Hope conference – the need for more contact with younger people, the importance of valuing and supporting our older members, becoming better listeners and getting to know each other better, and how our Church will be built on the faith of its…

Building the Church for the future

Reading 1 Peter 2: 2-10. Fiona gives a fascinating firsthand account of the significant events and reports from the recent General Assembly with themes of sharing the Gospel and building the Church for the future. She talks about having a vision of what the church is all about and being aware of the legacy we are leaving to the next generation. It will be through all of…

Christian Aid Sunday

Christian Aid is 70 years old this year. The readings today were Psalm 98 and Luke 8:1-15 Looking at the origins of Christian Aid in helping struggling Germans after WW II, Fiona asks us to think about what our heart is like. How do we receive the challenges of God’s word. Are we hard hearted. do we recognise that we are all our brothers’ keeper and we have a…

Building relationships

The reading today was John 4: 4-42 Fiona uses Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well to show how Jesus builds a relationship from a few initial words spoken at the well to the point where the Samaritan woman comes to faith and brings other people to him. In building relationships, Fiona asks us to examine prejudice and encourages us to think about…
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