Sermon: Battle of Britain Commemoration 2018

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Preached by Bp Ian Lambert on Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Bishop Ian Lambert’s sermon at a The National Commemoration Service on the 78th Anniversary of the decisive battle of the Battle of Britain.

Bp Ian spent his childhood in Canberra, as a member of St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Forest. Secondary education was undertaken at Telopea Park High School, where he was School Captain. After High School, Ian entered the military as a cadet in the Royal Military College Duntroon, graduating from Duntroon with a BA (Mil) UNSW, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Discipled by his local Padre, Chaplain Royce Thompson, Ian accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour on 10 May 1984 at a Character Leadership Course in Gillbulla. As an Army Officer Ian had a lay ministry among the teenagers of Puckapunyal, as well as in the Chapel, and subsequently the ANZAC Memorial Chapel Duntroon.

In 1989 Ian was awarded the Student of Merit, and the Australian Naval Institute Silver Medal, at the Royal Navy Staff College, HMAS Penguin. Ian commenced his theological studies, while still in the military, studying part-time at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. After discharge from the military, with the rank of Major, Ian completed his theological studies and was made deacon in 1994 at the Goulburn Cathedral. Bishop George Browning ordained Ian as priest on St Andrew’s Day 1995.

Ian served his curacy in the Parish of Cooma 1995-1996. Ian was appointed Rector of the Parish of Batemans Bay in December 1996. While serving in Batemans Bay he was appointed as Area Dean 2005. From 2009-2012 Ian served as Archdeacon for the South Coast and Monaro.

Ian demonstrated a passion for shared ministry among the denominations of the region championing Anglican/Roman Catholic dialogue, as well as numerous Combined Church ministries in the High School, Primary Schools, homeless men initiatives, combined worship services including weekly prayer meetings with all town clergy.

While on long-service- leave in the Solomon Islands, Ian acted as emissary for the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, to establish a Diocesan Partnership between Diocese of Ysabel (Anglican Church of Melanesia – ACOM), and the Canberra and Goulburn in 2007. Ian is the Diocesan Episcopal Representative to the Church of Melanesia, and also has a vital parish-to-parish partnership with All Saints Honiara.

Ian was consecrated Bishop, on 30 March 2012 , assisting Bishop Stuart Robinson, for the region of the South Coast, Monaro and Snowy Regions. On 1 July 2013 Ian was Commissioned as the Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force and moved to Canberra. Ian is married to Jill, and have four adult children.


Sermon: Plagued By God Exodus 7-11

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

A part of the series.

The plagues of Exodus may plague us with questions about God.

But we may also find that we are plagued by questions about the state of our own heart.

The text of the sermon is here.


Sermon: Who are you? Exodus 3-4

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, August 19th, 2018

A part of the series.

Moses asks God “Who are you?” but Exodus 3-4 ultimately asks us, as Moses asked when faced with God and his purposes “Who am I?”

The text of the sermon is here.

Sermon: How did it come to this? Exodus 1-2

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, August 12th, 2018

A part of the series.

As Exodus start the people of Israel and Moses would be asking themselves how did it come to this?

A question that we may ask as we look at our world, our church or our own lives.

This is the start of a new sermon series on the book of Exodus.  There is a great overview of the book here

The text of the sermon is here.

Sermon: More than we can ask or imagine Ephesian 3

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Can you imagine things changing?

In our world can you imagine things changing?

In our church can you imagine things changing?

In your life can you imagine things changing?

That is what Paul prays for.

Father we pray that, according to the riches of your glory, you may grant that we may be strengthened in our inner being with power through your Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, as we are being rooted and grounded in love.
We pray that we may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to you Father who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:14-21, NRSV). Slightly amended

Apologies for the audio standard not being up to our usual standard.

The text is here.


Sermon: Knowing, What To Pray For (Ephesians 1)

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that we may know you better, enlighten the eyes of our heart so that we may know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of being part of your inheritance and your death defying power which is for us.  Amen.

The text of the sermon is here.