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Baptism and Identity
10:30am, Sunday, January 10, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 29 secs
“Baptism and Identity.” 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]
Nations Will Come to the Light
8:30am, Sunday, January 3, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 15 secs
The wise men were the first representatives of nations coming to Jesus, the light of the world. By the time they arrived, they knew this was not just a future king worthy of gifts, but the Messiah, worthy of worship. We know Jesus as Saviour, revealing the love of God, and we worship him with joy. He is both our path and our journey's end. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/-5cuxnL5PwE [Organ - Epiphany]) (Note: This YouTube video starts late into the service, just before the Gospel and sermon.)
God’s Big Plan for You
8:30am, Friday, December 25, 2020
Passage: John 1:14
Series: General
Duration: 8 mins 18 secs
The Christmas story introduces a little baby born in tough, hard circumstances in a cattle shed. This little baby is God's big plan for you and for all people. The little one whose name is Jesus grew and gave his life for all people, that all who believe in him may live eternally, and be known as children of God. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/YMhVC5vdxZk [Prerecorded music - Christmas Day]) Repeated Sunday Dec 27th.
Stop and Treasure Christ, and Share
7:00pm, Thursday, December 24, 2020
Passage: Luke 2:8-16
Series: General
Duration: 7 mins 25 secs
The story of th birth of Christ is quite amazing. From the seemingly rushed and uncertain aspects of his birth ti the amazing good news of great joy for all people. This Christmas 2020, put it all into perspective by stopping and treasuring the news for you, and urgently being ready to share the news with all. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/yASMgk_Xk3Q [Prerecorded music - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols])
May It Be to Me
8:30am, Sunday, December 20, 2020
Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 2 secs
“May it be to me according to what you have said!” When Mary received the news and the promise that she would carry and give birth to Jesus, God’s Son, she was initially perplexed and wondered how this could be. What an announcement to receive! No wonder she was perplexed! But Mary hears the words of promise from God’s messenger and receives them in faith. “May it be as you have said.” Mary sits in faith with her vulnerability and trusts in the promise of God. God provides us with faith to do the same. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/OHqXbMyeE8Q [Prerecorded music - Advent 4])
Advent Joy
10:30am, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Passage: Isaiah 61:1
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 29 secs
"Advent Joy." Avent reminds us of what we have to be joyful about - what we have in Christ and what we are able to share with others. Scripture time and time again tells us the people of God are to rejoice. Where does your joy come from? What joy is reliable and lasting, even in tough times? The joy of the Lord! (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/nA7lkVLBiu8 [Prerecorded music - Advent 3])
Prepare the Way of the Lord!
10:30am, Sunday, December 6, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 25 secs
John the Baptist's call to people to prepare the way of the Lord is an ancient call to Israel in captivity, and a present-day call to us. It's a call to daily receive the grace-filled rescue of God for us in our lives, to rejoice in God;s grace for us, and to go with the same loving call for people in our lives and our neighbourhoods, that as Christmas approaches, the God of grace comes for them. "Prepare the way of the Lord!" (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/_RMtAGiWykQ) [Prerecorded music - Advent 2)
Advent Hope
10:30am, Sunday, November 29, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 30 secs
As we anticipate Christmas, we prepare not only our homes but our hearts to celebrate God's care. He appeared in the flesh in his first Advent, and we look forward with sure hope for his return - but 'How long?' we pray. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/Pg-oHWdmRuM) [Prerecorded music - Advent 1]
Christ Rules!
10:30am, Sunday, November 22, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 54 secs
St Paul makes a bold statement that God has put everything under Christ's feet and made him head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. It's a big call, and, wonderfully, God acts in and through his people to lovingly rule. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/R7JTGh6E3XE) [Prerecorded music - Last Sunday of the Church Year]
Serving with the Master’s Gifts
10:30am, Sunday, November 15, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 13 secs
Today, Jesus tells of an encouraging master who wants his servants to share his joy and happiness. He gives them talents to use, and through good planning and appropriate risk-taking, that is what two of the servants do, and they receive the benefits. However, there is a warning for those who don't use the gift wisely, and don't take the appropriate risks to server others. How will we use the talents given to us? (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/Pm2gY62wp6k) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 24]