Preached by Louise Orpe on Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Do we honour God with our lips but not with our lives?
Is there a difference between our creed and our conduct?
After Jesus had cleared the temple that is what he accused the Scribes of, how about us.
The Rev’d Louise Orpe is one of our honorary priests who is continuing her ministry formation at the Cathedral. She is married to Jim, a teacher at Friends, they live in South Arm and she has 4 adult children. A former orchestral French Horn player and for the past 10 years pastoral Care Coordinator at Mary’s Grange Nursing Home Taroona
Kara Martin is the author of a new book about Christian faith and work, “Workship: How to use your Work to Worship God”.
Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, Lecturer with Mary Andrews College, and was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne.
She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. Kara wrote this book as part of her lifelong passion to integrate faith and work, and equip workplace Christians.
She believes that Christians can be a powerful force for Gospel transformation in the workplace, if biblically-aligned and affirmed in their ordinary work.
Kara recently trekked through the jungles of Borneo. She loves reading books, real books not electronic ones. Her favourite smell is a freshly bought book. Kara’s husband just started beekeeping, which sounded dangerous to her, but she loves watching the secret life of bees.
Kara has a mission to find the best cup of coffee in Crows Nest, where she works one day a week. There are more than 40 coffee shops between the train station and her workplace!
She lives in Marsfield near Macquarie Uni in Sydney but was born in Brighton, England. Kara likes Australian beaches more than English beaches. She has two adult kids who are good friends and we are passionate about each other’s giftings and projects.
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.