Sermons and faith stories from St Leonard’s are included on this page.
These audio podcasts are typically 15 minutes long. Click on the link and the podcast will automatically download and start to play. You can stop, start, pause or step through using the on-screen controls. Most of the sermons have been preached by Rev Kim Cain.
Foolish, wise and propinquity!
Unless you are good at crosswords you will need to listen to Kim’s sermon based on Matthew 25: 1-13 to reach the answer and conclusion. We need propinquity!
The blessed saints of God
Easy, hard, certain, uncertain, giving, receiving, belonging among God’s people, known and loved, experiencing the presence of God in all of life – saints indeed.
Reformation update – light and shadow
Martin Luther 500 years on and what do we have to show for it! Kim leads us through history’s high and low points until we reach today. Interesting and good to know!
God in front – all we can do is follow
The reading is from Exodus 33: 12-23 about seeing and defining God. Moses is put in his place! Here is Kim’s take on the reading…
A story about a lady and humble service
We keep being challenged about what is important. The reading is Philippians 3: 4b-14 as Paul sets out his agenda. For us sometimes the challenges are nearby.
Ponder – What is the one question?
On a day when we thought about coffee and caring, the reading was about two brothers Matthew 21:23-32. Kim asked us to think about what is important in life.
Not finishing but stopping at the end of the day
This is a story of unexpected, undeserved blessing. God’s grace is like that. The reading is about the workers who don’t earn their pay (Matthew 20: 1-16). Just like us!
Forgiveness – tough but Christlike
The story of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35) is exaggerated in order to emphasize important truths. We can be the forgiven or the one who does not forgive (perhaps both). What can we take for ourselves from Kim’s sermon?
Right way leadership – loving and caring for the least
The lesson is about church discipline (Matthew 18:15-20) but Kim goes beyond the text to look at today’s world. He longs for leadership that is not self-serving but cares for the least. How do we respond as Christians in a rough tough world?
Faith questions to squirm or live by
This sermon by Kim on 28 August goes to the core of our faith. The reading is Matthew 16: 13-20. Who is Jesus to the disciples, to you and to me. I recommend you listen to the sermon.
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Changing the climate (its not about the weather)
The reading is Matthew 15:21-28 about a woman who challenged and changed Jesus.
Sink or swim – keeping afloat in today’s world
The readings about faith are Matthew 14:22-33 and from Paul in Roman’s 10: 5-15. Re-reading these is recommended before you listen to Kim’s sermon.
Parabolic action – action with meaning
Jesus’ actions also told a story – a parable in themselves. How do our actions reflect our faith? What about our church? Matthew 14: 13-21 is about feeding many.
Little things that matter
Parables of the kingdom – stories of growth and precious value have significance for us today. The reading is from Matthew 13: 31-33 and 44-52.
Common ground – different crops
How can we be authentic in our faith in a largely non-Christian society? That’s a big question!
When is enough enough?
Do we need the hundredfold or is thirty fold enough? What are the implications of the story of the seeds, sower and soils from Matthew 13?
Carrying light weights at heavy times.
The words of Jesus provide comfort in troubled times (Matthew 11: 25-30). Good to hear.