St. Bartholomew

Date: 24 August 2016
Sermon title: St. Bartholomew
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Luke 22:24–30
Duration: 15min 46s

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Trinity 13

Date: 21 August 2016
Sermon title: True Love
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Luke 10:23–37
Duration: 22min 34s

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Trinity 11

Date: 7 August 2016
Text: Luke 18:9–14

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Those of us who are familiar with the teachings of Jesus, and have been steeped in the Christian doctrine, know exactly what to think of this very familiar parable of Jesus. Our sympathy is with the tax collector, and we shake our heads in disbelief at the blind arrogance of the Pharisee. How can he be so blind to his own faults, and so oblivious to the mercy of God towards all sinners? How can he boast so blatantly of his spiritual achievements, and have so little concern for the salvation of his humble and penitent fellow-creature in the corner?

But before we settle down too comfortably, it might be worth asking how Jesus would tell the parable were he the one preaching this morning. Who is the Pharisee today, and who the tax collector? Is this a story told to comfort us, or to shake us out of our comfort zone?

So let’s remind ourselves who the Pharisees were. Far from the pantomime villains that we tend to think of, the Pharisees were the good people of their time. They were devout Jews who had dedicated their lives to the study of God’s word, and of applying God’s word to their lives. In the words of the New Testament letter of James, they strove to be more than just hearers of the word, and to be doers of the word as well.

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Trinity 9

Date: 24 July 2016
Sermon title: The Dishonest Manager
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Luke 16:1–9
Duration: 23min 6s

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Trinity 8

Date: 17 July 2016
Sermon title: The Fruit of Prophecy
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Matthew 7:15–23
Duration: 24min 26s

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Trinity 7

Date: 10 July 2016
Sermon title: Crumbs from the Table
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: mark 8:1–9
Duration: 29min 39s

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Trinity 6

Date: 3 July 2016
Sermon title: God’s Good, Perfect and Holy Will
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Matthew 5:17–26
Duration: 27min 33s

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SS Peter & Paul

Date: 29 June 2016
Sermon title: St. Peter & St. Paul
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Galatians 2:1–10; Matthew 16:13–20
Duration: 14min 32s

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Trinity 5

Date: 26 June 2016
Sermon title: Jesus’ Call
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Luke 5:1–11
Duration: 20min 41s

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Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Date: 22 June 2016
Sermon title: God’s Patient Love
Preacher: Pastor Tapani Simojoki
Text: Luke 1:57–80
Duration: 13min 40s

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