Homilies by Rev. Andrew Collis unless indicated otherwise.
God be with you ...
A rare opportunity to welcome family and friends to South Sydney. One of those occasions to cherish, because Mum has always been concerned to see me happy and today we celebrate her happiness (and Barry’s too!).
I am honoured to have been invited to preside on this happy day and full of admiration and respect that they would choose this place as the venue for their mutual promise-
Thank you for being the ministers here today. The promises you make in all their bold vulnerability and trembling hopefulness are the priestly acts that will renew life in you and for us too.
I could talk about a sacramental nature of marriage that sees two human partners speak words of love to one another just as God bestows a loving word on both of them. I could talk about a mysticism of promise.
In Christian theology God speaks a Word and good things happen creation happens. God speaks a Word or Promise in the incarnate humanity of Christ who learns wisdom, grows in wisdom, befriends the persecuted and the scapegoated, protests injustice and hypocrisy, does what he can at great personal cost to bring healing, understanding, freedom from fear, freedom for life. Jesus crucified and risen is God’s vow to us and to the world.
These are things I/we can talk about. But today, Barry and Phillipa, the promises you make are the priestly acts or actions that will renew life in you and for us too. Your words will become for us the Word of God. Your promises will become for us the Promise of God.
And we all participate in this Word or Promise or Love. This Love that is patient, kind, not jealous or snobbish, rude or self-
Some of us will call it faith. Some of us will call it hope or happiness. We might not have a word for it at all but simply feel glad to be here with you and for you. Some of us will sing. Some of us will cry. One of us will scatter rose petals down the aisle.
For my part I’ll remember that even in the week of her wedding my mum showed me the usual care and graciousness that accepts a son’s mismanagement of time and self-
I pray that this homily and gathering today can be a blessing upon you both. I pray that your promise-