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Generous God, Generous Faith: Learning from Mary
8:30am, Sunday, April 7, 2019
Passage: John 12:1-8
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 32 secs
When Jesus stopped at Bethany for dinner with the resurrected Lazarus, his sister Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus feet, wiping them with her hair. This was her generous response to Jesus' gift of life, as well as her anointing Jesus for what awaited him in Jerusalem. Jesus also gives us the gift of life. How can we respond generously? [Organ/Choir - Lent 5]
Returned in the Hands of God (2)
10:30am, Sunday, March 31, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-32
Series: General
Duration: 7 mins 27 secs
(The second service today on the same theme, for those who prefer to order the organ service.) The parable of the Prodigal Son is really a story of the father's prodigal love. Despite his son's insulting departure and dissolute living, he welcomes home his son with a great celebration of loving acceptance. Today's shortened address followed a live performance of Keith Green's "The Prodigal Son Suite. [Organ/Instrumental - Lent 5]
Returned in the Hands of God
8:30am, Sunday, March 31, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-32
Series: General
Duration: 7 mins 27 secs
The parable of the Prodigal Son is really a story of the father's prodigal love. Despite his son's insulting departure and dissolute living, he welcomes home his son with a great celebration of loving acceptance. Today's shortened address followed a live performance of Keith Green's "The Prodigal Son Suite. [Instrumental - Lent 5]
The Urgent Call of the Gracious Gardener
10:30am, Sunday, March 24, 2019
Passage: Luke 13:1-9
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 44 secs
The parable of the gardener comes as Jesus is calling even the righteous people of his day to repent, and to turn back to God. There is a sense of urgency about this. Then he tells of the gracious gardener who tends the fruitless fig tree, rather than just destroying it. Where the owner wants to cut it down, the gardener supports it in one last try to turn it around. For us, this means turning to Jesus, who is the gardener for us. [Organ/Choir - Lent 3]
Shine Jesus Shine
10:30am, Sunday, March 17, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 27 secs
Away from the cities, the night sky is a dazzling reminder of how immense was God's promise to the ageing Abram. Then Jesus, the Light of the World, also called us to be the light of the world. He promised to be with us. And faith (like Abram's) is this: promise received, and lived. [Organ/Choir - Lent 2]
Hold on: God's Got You
10:30am, Sunday, March 10, 2019
Passage: Luke 4:1-13
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 8 secs
Lent is often thought of as a time for giving up; but what if we thought of it as a time for taking up? Taking up new attitudes or behaviours, that instead of focusing us on ourselves, focus on others, and on Jesus? And as we struggle with temptations that seem always to cycle around, remember to hold on! God's got you. [Organ/choir - Lent 1]
Just Jesus
8:30am, Sunday, March 3, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 7 secs
We all have our life stories, and for Christians, these become faith stories, where looking back we can see God at work in our lives. Today in the story of the transfiguration, God tells the stunned disciples, "This is mySon. Listen to him." And moments later, they are left with just Jesus. And this is all we need, all we cling to -- just Jesus. [Organ/Choir - Transfiguration]
Who Am I?
8:30am, Sunday, February 24, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 53 secs
Two Old Testament stories today feature broken relationships, so badly broken that people expect retaliation. Instead, they are surprised by joy when they are received with grace. These are hints about how God receives us with grace to restore our relationship with him. [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 7]
Resurrection Hope
8:30am, Sunday, February 17, 2019
Duration: 11 mins 45 secs
With pastors away at District Convention, lay reader Jordan Smith presents a sermon written by our National Bishop for use in services today. [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 6]
Fishers of People: How Do We Look?
10:30am, Sunday, February 10, 2019
Passage: Luke 5:1-11
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 50 secs
Jesus calls us to be fishers of people. Experience shows that small things (right down to church signage) influence how others welcome our message. What strengths has God given this congregation, and where do we need to grow? Our new senior pastor gives his first impressions. [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 5]