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The Way of the Cross Is the Way of Self-Denial
10:30am, Sunday, February 28, 2021
Passage: Mark 8:31-38
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 53 secs
When Jesus calls his disciples to take up their cross and follow him, he clearly indicates discipleship is not without suffering, and that to love others as he loves involves self-denial, even losing one's life. Christian discipleship does not bring happiness at no cost to self – this is not how God transforms a broken world. We join Christ in his victory, but also in his humiliation, rejection and sacrifice in obedience to the will of God. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/qga4PiqQOB8 ) [Organ/Choir - Lent 2]
What Time Is It?
8:30am, Sunday, February 21, 2021
Passage: Mark 1:9-15
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 7 secs
“What time is it?” At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus announces that “the time has been fulfilled”. What does this mean for us? Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection bring those who trust in him, sure and eternal life, free from the power of sin, death, and the evil one. But he also calls us to know the time is now to follow where he leads in bringing the gospel to the world. The time is now to dwell in the gospel, and to go with it to the people around us. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://www.youtu.be/r3BQU4Tp6FQ ) [Organ - Lent 1]
Lent: a Springtime for Your Soul
7:30pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Passage: Psalm 51
Series: General
Duration: 9 mins 50 secs
In Psalm 51, David vividly tells us of the reality check he (and we) have because of sin. All humans are guilty of sin, and face God's sentence of death. In Lent, we meet this reality check for ourselves. But this is not the final word. For Lent also gives us the call to focus anew and in new ways on the one who saves: Jesus Christ and his cross - and so Lent is truly a springtime for our souls. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/bQWgfA4wG2Y ) [Prerecorded music - Ash Wednesday]
Jesus Revealed on the Mountain
 at Work in the Valley
8:30am, Sunday, February 14, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 37 secs
Jesus shines on the mountain in preparation for entering the valley to do his work. We meet with him in Word and Sacrament, and learn from him in times of dwelling in his Word and in prayer, listening for his voice to comfort, strengthen and direct us. Through simple acts of love done in his name, we can find understanding of how his glory exists even when hidden in the valley where our sight is clouded. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/BvVU20PBvAY ) [Prerecorded music - Transfiguration]
Free to Serve
8:30am, Sunday, February 7, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 10 secs
Nelson Mandela’s autobiography is titled 'Long Walk to Freedom'. Mandela did all he could to free his country from the bondage of apartheid. Christ Jesus made the long walk to the cross and from the tomb to set all people free who put their trust in him. New life in Christ brings a wonderful freedom to serve others so that they too may receive the freedom to live and make the life-long walk to freedom with Christ. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/w-0dWyYtaYU ) [Organ - Epiphany 5]
God-Given Authority to Love and Serve
8:30am, Sunday, January 31, 2021
Passage: Mark 1:21-28
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 13 secs
The people are amazed that Jesus teaches with authority. But what is this authority, and what does it mean for them, and for us today? Jesus’ authority is revealed in Mark’s gospel as authority from God to serve, and to give his life in order to bring life to people. Jesus gives his disciples the same authority. How will we use it? (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/mTY8Sldfglw ) [Organ - Epiphany 4]
Called Together to Repent, Believe and Follow
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]
Our God Is a God Who Calls
8:30am, Sunday, January 17, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 44 secs
The young boy Samuel heard God calling him in the night. We too listen for our God calling, both as individuals and in community as a church, and consider how we might encourage others to listen to God's calling. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/4V9yShmUPIg ) [Organ - Epiphany 2]
Baptism and Identity
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]
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.)