Synod Charge 2017

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Presidential Address to the 1st Session of the 39th Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta Welcome to Country I acknowledge the Bangerang/Pangerang people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet for this 1st session of the 39th Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and […]

Synod Charge 2016

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Presidential Address to the 3rd Session of the 38th Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta Acknowledgement of Country I acknowledge the Bangerang people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet for this third session of the 38th Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and […]

Synod Eucharist 2016

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Sermon on the occasion of the Diocese of Wangaratta Synod Eucharist Friday 13th May 2016, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta. Conducted by The Right Reverend John Parkes AM, Bishop of Wangaratta. The standard textbook on Luke Acts when I was at theological college was the magisterial work of Hans Conzelmann. The English title does not fill […]

Homily from the Ordination service

Wangaratta Cathedral, 6 February 2016 Maryann Leonard and Christine Page ordained as priests  Send out your light and your truth O Lord; Let them lead us. Let them bring us to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Amen  May I first say that it is a privilege and honour to be commissioned as the […]

A Sermon for the Jazz Festival Mass

The American evangelist Tony Campolo tells this story. He had travelled from the east coast of the States to Honolulu in the West. In the middle of the night he found himself jet lagged and went out looking for something to eat. He dropped into a greasy spoon. As he sat drinking his coffee and […]

A Sermon for Christ Church Cathedral

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Matthew 18.21-35. Forgiveness To err is human, to forgive divine. So famously wrote Alexander Pope. This opens for us the paradox which lies at the heart of the standard of forgiveness which our Gospel sets up. For Jesus articulates a standard for believers which is without limit. Peter comes to Jesus wanting certainty.  Give me […]

Sermon for Synod 2013

When I was the Dean of Brisbane, each Sunday at 6 pm in the Cathedral we sang Choral Evensong. And I confess that I was pretty possessive about it. Nobody got to sing the office but me if I was there. So week by week we heard the Magnificat – sometimes in Latin, sometimes in […]

A Sermon from the Bishop of New Guinea

New Guinea Martyrs A Sermon from the Bishop of New Guinea by The Most Reverend Sir Philip Strong, KBE, CMG. CStJ, DD, MA, ThD The Good Shepherd The Good Shepherd Layeth Down His Life for the Sheep (Jn 10:11) This is the text which is inscribed at the foot of your centenary window, dedicated in […]