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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, September 10th, 2017
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I want to start in perhaps a surprising but I believe necessary place, and that is with an apology to the LGBTIQ community on behalf of the Church for the way we have failed to live up to our own teaching.
Doctrine of Creation
Our Scriptures give us a doctrine of Creation in which we are all created in the image of God, with equal dignity. For the ways in which we have failed to treat you our brothers and sisters with that dignity and respect we are sorry.
Gospel of Salvation
Our Scriptures show us a gospel of salvation in which God so loved the whole world that he sent Jesus. For the ways we have failed to show the same welcoming love and open grace we are sorry.
Ethic of Jesus
Our Scriptures teach us the ethics of Jesus that we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. When we have vilified, disparaged and judged we have failed to live up to our calling and caused trauma, grief and despair. For the ways we have failed to love you Jesus calls us to we are sorry.
When we fail to live up to the teaching of our own faith we denigrate God’s creation, misrepresent his love and disobey our saviour and have caused anguish and suffering. We are sorry and seek forgiveness.