Sermons

Copies of sermons can be downloaded here as pdfs by clicking on the dates.





Orders of service can be found here

 

 

 

During David Gill's ministry, he provided copies of all his sermons, along with those of visiting speakers and other locum clergy, for the web site. These can be found below.

 

2015

 

6 December 2015, by Ross Smith
Advent 2
A Voice in the Wilderness
Readings were Malachi 3:1-14; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6.

 

29 November 2015, by Ross Smith
Advent Sunday, Kirkin' o' the Tartan and St Andrew's Day
God is Coming
Readings were Jeremiah: 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36.

 

22 November 2015, by Ross Smith
Christ the King
Hail! King!
Readings were 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37.

 

15 November 2015, by Ross Smith
The Sunday following Remembrance Day with the 30th Infantry Battalions attending.
The End of Religion
Readings were 1 Samuel 1:3-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18), 19-25; Mark 13:1-8.

 

8 November 2015, by Ross Smith
When the Small Is Great and the Great Is Small
Readings were Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44.

 

1 November 2015, by Ross Smith
Ordinary People
Readings for All Saints' Day were Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34.

 

25 October 2015, by Ross Smith
Faith to Follow
Readings were Job 42:1-6; Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:32-28; Mark 10:46-52.

 

18 October 2015, by Ross Smith
Confronting Chaos with God
Readings were Job 38:1-7 (34-41); Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45.

 

11 October 2015, by Ross Smith
Love in action
Readings were Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31.

 

4 October 2015, by Ross Smith
Valued Families
Readings were Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews: 1;1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10: 2-16.

 

27 September 2015, by Ross Smith
Whose Side are You On?
Readings were Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50.

 

20 September 2015, by Ross Smith
Last and Least
Readings were Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37.

 

13 September 2015, by Rev. Dr Warren Lee,
Emeritus Professor of Asian American Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary
In all things gives thanks
Readings were Proverbs 1: 20-33; Psalm 19; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37.

 

6 September 2015, by Ross Smith
Detours on the Way to Faith
Readings were Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22; Mark 8:27-38.

 

30 August 2015, by Ross Smith
A Song of Love
Readings were Song of Songs 2:8-11; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

 

23 August 2015, by Ross Smith
Get ready for a fight
Readings were 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69.

 

16 August 2015, by Ross Smith
Making the most of our time
Readings were 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 3: 3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5: 15 - 20; John 6: 51-58.

 

9 August 2015, by Ross Smith
Be Yourself
Readings were 2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4: 25 - 5: 2; John 6: 35, 41-51.

 

2 August 2015, by Ross Smith
Let's get together
Readings were 2 Samuel 11: 26-12:13a, Psalm 51: 1-12; Ephesians 4: 1-16; John 6: 24-35.

 

26 July 2015, by Ross Smith
True Worship
Readings were 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3: 14-21, John 6: 1-21.

 

19 July 2015 - visiting preacher

 

12 July 2015, by Ross Smith
Praise in All Circumstances
Readings were 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24, Ephesians 1: 3-14; Mark 6:14-29.

 

5 July 2015, by Ross Smith
The Grace of Letting Go
Readings were 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13.

 

28 June 2015 - visiting preacher

 

21 June 2015 - visiting preacher

 

14 June 2015 - visiting preacher

 

7 June 2015 - visiting preacher

 

31 May 2015, by Ross Smith
The Wind Blows Where It Will
Readings for Trinity Sunday were Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17

 

24 May 2015 - visiting preacher

 

17 May 2015, by Allan Blyth
Jesus prays
Readings were Acts 1:1-11, 15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13 and John 17:6-19

 

10 May 2015, by Allan Blyth
Just One Imperative
Readings were Acts 10: 44-48; Psalm 98; 1John 5: 1-12 and John 15: 9-17

 

3 May 2015 - visiting preacher

 

26 April 2015, by Allan Blyth
The Good Shepherd
Readings were Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18

 

19 April 2015, by Allan Blyth
Forgiveness
Readings were Acts 3:12-20; Psalm 4, 1 John 2:15-17, 3:1-6 and Luke 24:36b-48

 

12 April 2015 - visiting preacher

 

5 April 2015 - Easter Day - visiting preacher

 

3 April 2015 - Good Friday - visiting preacher

 

29 March 2015, by David Gill
The Conquering Cross
Readings for Palm Sunday were Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11 and St Mark 11:1-11

 

22 March 2015, by David Gill. The service marked the 80th anniversary of the opening of the present building.
A Very Special Sacred Place
Readings were 2 Chronicles 6:12-21, 1 Peter 2:1-9 and St Luke 24:44-53

 

15 March 2015, by Rev Dr Keith Garner (Superintendent and CEO of Wesley Central Mission, Sydney)
The Antidote to all Discrimination
Readings were Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10 and St John 3:14-21

 

8 March 2015, by David Gill
No Handle on the Cross
Readings for the third Sunday in Lent were Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and St John 2:13-22

 

1 March 2015, by David Gill
Failed yet Precious, Ordinary yet Special
Readings for the second Sunday in Lent were Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and St Mark 8:31-38

 

22 February 2015, by Allen Blyth
People of Promise
The Readings for the First Sunday in Lent were Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:9-15

 

15 February 2015, by David Gill
A Question of Identity
Readings for the Transfiguration of Jesus were 2 Kings 2:1-12, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and St Mark 9:2-9

 

8 February 2015, by Rev. Dr Daniel Dries (rector Christ Church St Laurence Anglican Church, Sydney).
Teach Us to Serve
The readings were Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 and St Mark 1:29-39

 

1 February 2015, by David Gill
"Je ne suis pas Charlie" – St Paul
Readings were 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and St Mark 1:21-28

 

25 January 2015, by David Gill
Jonah -- and Australia Day
The readings were Jonah 3:1-5, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 and St Mark 1:14-20.

 

18 January 2015, by David Gill
Handel's "Messiah"
This reflection introduced four readings and four choruses from Handel's "Messiah"
sung by the Combined Churches Messiah Choir.

 

11 January 2015, by David Gill
When the Partying Stops
The readings were Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7 and St Mark 1:4-11.

 

4 January 2015, by David Gill
Beyond the Idol of Certainty
The readings for the second Sunday of Christmas were Ephesians 1:3-14 and St John 1:10-18.

 

2014

28 December 2014, by Alan Harper
Advent Faith
The readings for the first Sunday of Christmas were Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 4:4-7, St Luke 2:22-40.

 

25 December 2014, by David Gill
Is It True?
Christmas Day

 

24 December 2014, by David Gill
"I'll Ride with You" - God
Christmas Eve

 

21 December 2014 - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (no sermon)

 

14 December 2014, by David Gill
Mary: Advent's Neglected VIP
The readings for the third Sunday of Advent were Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, St John 1:6-8,19-28.

 

7 December 2014, by David Gill
John the Baptist
The readings for the second Sunday of Advent were Isaiah 40:1-11 and St Mark 1:1-8.

 

30 November 2014, by David Gill
Advent Sunday and St Andrew's Day with visitors of Scottish ancestry attending for the ceremony of the Kirkin' o' the Tartan.
Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9 and St Mark 13:24-37.

 

23 November 2014, by David Gill
The Reign of Christ
Readings for the Reign of Christ were Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23 and St Matthew 25:31-46.

 

16 November 2014, by David Gill
We Will Remember
The readings were Romans 8:31-35,37-39 and St Luke 6:32-38.

 

9 November 2014, by David Gill
Be Prepared!
The readings were Joshua 24:1-3a,14-15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and St Matthew 25:1-13.

 

2 November 2014, by David Gill
For All the Saints
Readings for the Sunday of All Saints were Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3 and St Matthew 5:1-12.

 

26 October 2014, by David Gill
Always Being Reformed
The readings were Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 and St Matthew 22:34-40.

 

19 October 2014, by David Gill
Snoopy, Moses and God
Readings were Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and St Matthew 22:15-33.

 

12 October 2014, by David Gill
The One Beyond the Many
Readings were Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9 and St Matthew 22:1-14.

 

5 October 2014, by David Gill
Christians: People on the Way
The readings were Philippians 3:4b-14 and St Matthew 21:33-46.

 

28 September 2014, by David Gill
When Credibility Crumbles
The readings were Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13 and St Matthew 21:23-32.

 

21 September 2014 - visiting preacher
No sermon available

 

14 September 2014, by David Gill
Forbear and Forgive
The readings were Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12 and St Matthew 18:21-35.

 

7 September 2014, by David Gill
Living Beyond Commandments
The readings were Romans 13:8-14 and St Matthew 18:15-20.

 

31 August 2014, by John Bunyan
Aidan, Bunyan, Phillip: Three Journeys
The readings were Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21 and St Matthew 16:21-28.

 

24 August 2014, by Brian Brown, Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT.
A Different Point of View
The Readings were Isaiah 51:1-6, Romans 12:1-8 and St Matthew 16:13-20

 

17 August 2014, by Clive Pearson
A Canaanite Woman
The Readings were Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a.29-32 and St Matthew 15:21-28.

 

10 August 2014, by David Gill
That Sinking Feeling
The readings were Genesis 37:1-4,12-28, Romans 10:5-15, St Matthew 14:22-33.

 

3 August 2014 - visiting preacher
No sermon available

 

27 July 2014, by David Gill
Judgement, Trumped by Love
The readings were Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9, Romans 8:26-39 and St Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.

 

20 July 2014 - Annual Frontier Services service
No sermon available

 

13 July 2014, by David Gill.
When We Fail
The readings were Romans 8:1-11 and St Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.

 

6 July 2014, by David Gill.
Because God First Loved Us
The service was a celebration of holy baptism and holy communion.
Readings were Romans 7:15-25a and St Matthew 11:25-30.

 

29 June 2014, by David Gill.
The Binding of Isaac
The readings were Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23 and St Matthew 10:40-42.

 

22 June 2014, by David Gill.
Life That Finds Us
The readings were Genesis 21:8-21 and St Matthew 10:24-39.

 

15 June 2014 - Trinity, by David Gill.
From the Past, with Love
A service of Choral Matins, and the readings for Trinity Sunday were Genesis 1:1-5, 26-2:4a and St Matthew 28:16-20.

 

8 June 2014 - Pentecost, by David Gill.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Readings for the Day of Pentecost were Acts 2:1-21 and St John 20:19-23.

 

1 June 2014 - Ascension, by David Gill.
That They May Be One
Readings for the seventh Sunday of Easter were 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 and St John 17:1-11.

 

18 May 2014, by David Gill.
Stephen: Saint and Martyr
Readings for the fifth Sunday of Easter were Acts 7:55-60, 1 Peter 2:2-10 and St John 14:1-14.

 

11 May 2014, by David Gill.
Love Has Us
Readings for the fourth Sunday of Easter were Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25 and St John 10:1-10.

 

4 May 2014, by David Gill.
In the Breaking of the Bread
Readings for the third Sunday of Easter were Acts 2:14a,36-41 and St Luke 24:13-35.

 

27 April 2014, by David Gill.
Through Doubting to Knowing
Readings for the second Sunday of Easter were 1 Peter 1:3-9, St John 20:19-31

 

Easter Day 20 April 2014, by David Gill.
Christ is Risen!
The readings for Easter Day were Acts 10:34-43 and St John 20:1-18

 

Good Friday 18 April 2014, by David Gill.
The Pathos and The Pity
The readings for Good Friday were Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and St John 19:1-16

 

Palm Sunday 13 April 2014, by David Gill.
The Last Act
Readings for Palm Sunday were Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, St Matthew 21:1-11

 

6 April 2014, by David Gill.
Beyond the Darkness
Readings for the fifth Sunday in Lent were Ezekiel 37:1-14 and St John 11:17-45

 

26 Jan 2014, by David Gill.
The Potent Folly of the Cross
Readings for the third Sunday after the Epiphany were Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 and St Matthew 4:12-23

 

19 Jan 2014, by David Gill.
Handel's Messiah

 

12 Jan 2014, by David Gill.
A Happy and Blessed Timkat!
The readings were Isaiah 42:1-9 and St Matthew 3:13-17

 

5 Jan 2014, by David Gill.
The God We've Never Seen
The readings were Ephesians 1: 33-14 and St John 1 :10-18


2013


24 December 2013
, by David Gill.
A Very Inclusive Nativity

 

14 July 2013, by David Gill.
My Neighbour, My Vote
The readings were Amos 7:7-17 and St Luke 10:25-37

 

7 July 2013, by David Gill.
Come As You Are, Go As You Are
The readings were Galatians 6:7-16 and St Luke 10:1-11,16-20.

 

19 May 2013, by David Gill.
Pentecost
The readings for the Day of Pentecost were Acts 2:1-21 and St John 14:8-17,25-27

 

12 May 2013, by David Gill.
Ascension
The readings for the Sunday following the Ascension were Acts 1:1-11 and St Luke 24:44-53.

 

7 April 2013, by David Gill.
The Light of Christ
The readings for the second Sunday of Easter were Revelation 1:4-8 and St John 20:19-31.

 

27 January 2013, by David Gill.
Release to the Captives
The readings for the third Sunday after the Epiphany were 1 Corinthians 12-31a and St Luke 4:14-21


2012


24 December 2012, by David Gill.
Merry Christmas!

 

14 October 2012, by David Gill.
Our seeking, God's finding
The readings were Job 23:1-9,16-17 and St Mark 10:17-31.

 

12 August 2012, by David Gill.
One Lord, Many Faiths
The readings were Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 and St John 6:35,41-51.

 

3 June 2012 - Trinity, by David Gill.
A Holy Trinity of Grace
Readings for Trinity Sunday were Isaiah 6:1-8 and St John 3:1-17

 

27 May 2012 - Pentecost, by David Gill.
The Ever-Empowering God
Readings for the Day of Pentecost were Acts 2:1-21 and St John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

 

1 April 2012 - Palm Sunday, by David Gill.
Holy Week: God So Loved the World
Readings for Palm Sunday were Philippians 2:5-11 and St Mark 11:1-11.

 

11 March 2012, by David Gill
Become what you are
A sermon preached at the Induction of Ockert Meyer as minister of St Stephen's.
The readings were Ephesians 3:14-21 and St John 17:1-5, 20-26.

 

29 January 2012, by David Gill.
On Being Right
Readings for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany were Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and St Mark 1:21-28.

 

2011


Christmas Eve 24 December 2011, by David Gill.
Beyond the Stories

 

Sunday 9 October 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost were Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9 and St Matthew 22:1-14

 

Sunday 31 July 2011, by Ockert Meyer.
Genesis 32:22-32

 

Sunday 24 July 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost were Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, St Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

 

Sunday 26 June 2011, by Ockert Meyer.
Reading for the second Sunday after Pentecost were Genesis 22:1-14

 

Sunday 29 May 2011, by Ockert Meyer.
Readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter were John 14: 15 - 21 and 1 Peter 3: 13 - 22

 

Sunday 1 May 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for the second Sunday of Easter were Acts 2:14a,22-32,1 Peter 1:3-9, St John 20:19-31.
The service was attended by members of the American-Australian Association, marking the Battle of the Coral Sea (4-8 May 1942).

 

Sunday 24 April 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for Easter Day were Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, St John 20:1-18.

 

Friday 22 April 2011, by David Gill.
The readings for Good Friday were Isaiah 53:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, St John 19:1-30.

 

Sunday 17 April 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for Palm Sunday were Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, St Matthew 21:1-11.

 

Sunday 10 April 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for the fifth Sunday in Lent were Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, St John 11:1-45

 

Sunday 3 April 2011, by David Gill.
Readings for the 4th Sunday in Lent were 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, St John 9:1-11.

 

Sunday 20 March 2011, by Paul Logan
A Conversation
The readings: St John 3:1-2

 

Sunday 23 January 2011, by David Gill
What If? What Is! What Ought To Be
The readings: Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, St Matthew 4:12-23

 

Sunday 16 January 2011, by David Gill
Hear the Word of God
This sermon was not delivered owing to a medical emergency during the service.

 

Sunday 9 January 2011, by David Gill
When the Mystery Breaks Open
The readings: Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, St Matthew 3:13-17

 

Sunday 2 January 2011, by David Gill
The Heart of It All
The readings: Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, St John 1:10-18


2010


Christmas Day 2010, by David Gill
Joy for All People

 

Christmas Eve 2010, by David Gill
A Very Inclusive Nativity

 

Sunday 12 December 2010, by David Gill.
Mary: The Grace of Availability - Advent 3
The readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, St Matthew 11:2-11.

 

Sunday 5 December 2010, by David Gill.
John the Baptist – and St Stephen's - Advent 2
The readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, St Matthew 3:1-12.

 

Sunday 28 November 2010, by David Gill.
Advent Sunday, with visitors of Scottish ancestry attending
for the ceremony known as the Kirkin' o' the Tartan.
The readings: Isaiah 2:1-5 and St Matthew 24:36-44.

 

Sunday 21 November 2010, by The Revd. Dr. Margaret M. Yee,
Minister of the United Reformed Church, United Kingdom,
and Senior Research Fellow, St. Cross College, University of Oxford.
Christ the King
The readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23: 33-43.

 

Sunday 14 November 2010, by David Gill.
Remembrance Sunday, with a church parade of the 30th Infantry Battalions attending.

 

Sunday 7 November 2010, by David Gill.
A celebration of the eucharist for the Sunday of All Saints.

 

Sunday 24 October 2010, by Dr George Stewart.
The Eye of the Needle and a Vision:  Luke 18: 9-30

 

Sunday 17 October 2010, by David Gill.
The readings: Jeremiah 31:27-34; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; St Luke 18:1-8.

 

Sunday 10th October 2010, by David Gill.
The readings: Jeremiah 29:1,4-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; St Luke 17:11-19.



Pre - 2010


Sunday 7 July 2007, by Dr George Stewart.
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 25-37