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Father Michael Lapsley, SSM Luke 24:28-35 God of Life: Lead us to Justice and Peace. Peace be with you. I greet you all as companions on the way - followers of Jesus the crucified and risen one. When I was first asked to preach this homily to you today - I felt deeply honoured - but that feeling soon gave way to fear if not terror - how could I possibly have something worthwhile to say at the end of this great assembly? Would God give me the words to say - words of Life - words that would indeed lead us towards Justice and Peace. Often God's Holy Spirit is the one who disturbs us when we are comfortable and comforts us when we are disturbed. Can I too disturb and comfort you in God’s name? After my fear subsided a little, I decided that I would do what…
Listen to and enjoy the tracks to the "Riverside at Worship" CD titled "The Time Has Come to Forgive & Forget" by Father Michael Lapsley, June 20, 2010
Sermon Preached at St Pauls Cathedral, London by Fr Michael Lapsley,SSM 02/09/2007 Dear sisters and brothersTo be here at St Pauls is a great honour for me. I would like to thank Ian Woodall and Canon Warner for the invitation extended to me to preach here today. Please accept the greetings of my brothers in the Southern African Province of the Society of the Sacred Mission as well as the extended community throughout the world linked to the Institute for healing of memories in Cape Town. The Institute seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations.I would like to acknowledge all in this cathedral today, who live with disability – visible or invisible.As a child of the Anglican church brought up in far away Aotearoa New Zealand, this great cathedral was always considered as part of our spiritual patrimony. However it was to be many years…
Sermon Preached by Father Michael Lapsley,SSMEvensong – Westminster Abbey,London, UK November 5 2006 I would like to thank Canon Nicholas Sagovsky and his colleagues for the invitation to preach here today. My only point of nervousness was when I noticed how pleased he was to realise that I would be preaching in this great Abbey on Guy Fawkes Day, just a few metres from where the Gunpowder plot was discovered..As many of you would know better than me, a popular British rhyme is often quoted on Guy Fawkes Night, in memory of the Gunpowder Plot: Remember, remember, the 5th of November The Gunpowder Treason and plot ; I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. The rhyme is made even more contemporary in the movie V is for Vendetta which I saw recently on a plane I have to say that as a child in New…
Sermons at St. Mark’s The Reverend Michael Lapsley, Executive Director of the Institute for the Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa, The Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 2004 Bicycle Theology Zechariah 12:8-10; 13:1 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 9:18-24 My sisters and brothers, I am very delighted to be here in Seattle. I tried to come in 1997, but I got sick, so I’ve been waiting for seven years. It’s been worth waiting for. Thank you, in a particular way, to Father Robert, for inviting me to be here. As I come from Cape Town, you might have thought I’ve come to take him home. But I discovered that he is sufficiently loved that we will leave him here for a few more weeks. I would like to begin by thanking this Cathedral church for taking seriously the Epistle to the Galatians, the reading that we heard today. Because…