Sue Westhorp

Sue Westhorp

Role: Chaplain

Hospital Chaplain, Manager Spiritual Care at Austin Health

Latest sermons:
10:30am, Sunday, January 24, 2021
Passage: Mark 1:14-20
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 48 secs
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear of two calls — one call to repentance, and one to follow Jesus. As we repent and believe, we are equipped to follow — Jesus calls us and provides all we need. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/KVuRDxGY8Rw ) [Organ - Epiphany 3]
10:30am, Sunday, January 10, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 29 secs
Baptism is God’s act of love, where he claims us and names us as his own. Similarly, when Jesus was baptised, God announced his identity — and then sent him into the wilderness, beginning his journey to the cross for our salvation, the ultimate act of love. We are the new creation, made righteous by Christ's perfect obedience and 'fulfilment of all righteousness' on our behalf; and now through his obedience, God is well pleased with us. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/4vS3zvZclq4 ) [Organ - Baptism of Jesus]
8:30am, Sunday, October 6, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 17 secs
Our stories are important. They tell us who we are, and what our lives are about. But God's story tells us WHOSE we are, and that transforms our stories into stories of hope. Our stories show that God has always been with us; and so we can trust that he is with us for the next part of the journey. [Organ - Pentecost 17]
10:30am, Sunday, July 14, 2019
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 5 secs
We are very used to hearing about the Good Samaritan, and hearing that he is an example to us all. But what if, in his own day, Jesus' story was not just an 'example' story, but even more of a 'reversal' story, aimed at breaking up the preconceptions of his hearers - and of us? [Organ - Pentecost 5]
8:30am, Sunday, January 6, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 52 secs
If we let Epiphany slide by in the aftermath of Christmas, we miss the shocking way God broke boundaries to welcome all believers and reveal his purposes. Since the earliest days, the church has recognized this as news that is truly worth celebrating. [Organ - Epiphany]
8:30am, Sunday, November 4, 2018
Passage: John 11:32-44
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 16 secs
This All Saints' Day, hospital chaplain Sue Westhorp unpacks the story of the raising of Jesus' friend, Lazarus. For those in power, this was the last straw: Jesus had to be stopped. Did Jesus realise this connection, and was that among the reasons why he wept? [Organ/Choir - All Saints]
10:30am, Sunday, September 30, 2018
Passage: James 5:13-20
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 11 secs
Lay reader Sue Westhorp talks about the kinds of healing that we find in our community of ordinary, broken people. How is this possible? [Organ - Pentecost 19]
10:30am, Sunday, September 23, 2018
Passage: James 9:30-37
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 52 secs
Lay reader Sue Westhorp ponders the thrust for power that seems so much a part of our human nature. Even the disciples walking with Jesus were discussing who was the greatest, and who would hold positions of honour in the coming kingdom. Is this part of our make-up, too? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 18]
8:30am, Sunday, February 4, 2018
Passage: Mark 1:29-31
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 25 secs
Jesus was running all kinds of risks when he healed Simon's mother-in-law, but he did not hold back. He engages directly and intimately with human need. The healing he brings allows us with our wounds to minister to others. [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 5]
8:30am, Sunday, July 2, 2017
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 6 secs
Today we hear Jesus teach his disciples about hospitality. Hospitality means receiving and welcoming the stranger. Jesus tells us that we represent and symbolize him for one another. We are Christ-bearers. Jesus assures us that he himself is present in our lives when we welcome others into our midst, and when others do the same for us. [Organ - Pentecost 4]