Greeting everyone,

This Sunday's gospel is Mark 1 vs 9-15.

I have broken it up as follows:

Mk 1:9-11 - Jesus Baptism
Mk 1:12,13 – Jesus in the desert
 Mk 1:14,15 – Jesus public ministry starts

My original intent with these 'homilies' was to provide a lectionary based gospel resource for congregations that struggled to find preachers for Sundays. I hoped (and still do) that others may join me in the venture – giving the church a range of voices that we can listen to, and also choose according to our personal / congregational preferences.

The most consistent feedback I have received to date is that my 'homilies' are too long. If they are used primarily for personal viewing, I absolutely agree – the podcast/YouTube format lends itself to a maximum of 10 minutes.

Given that these messages may have a broader appeal, I'm reducing them in length, and posting more of them. We'll see how this goes.

Every blessing to you this week as we move into Lent.

Andrew Doubleday


Methodist Church of New Zealand

Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa