Aldi Elberts

Aldi Elberts

Role: Pastor

Associate Pastor, St Paul's Lutheran Church.

First name is correctly Aldis, but he prefers the abbreviated form.

 

 

Latest sermons:
10:00am, Friday, December 25, 2015
Passage: John 1:1-14
Duration: 18 mins 23 secs
Linking back to our Advent series on the various ways we thirst for God, Pastor Aldi talks about how Christmas (the birth of Christ) satisfies our thirst for hope, peace, joy, and love. [Organ/Choir - Christmas Day]
9:00am, Sunday, December 20, 2015
Passage: Luke 3:7-18
Duration: 19 mins 38 secs
We all want to share in God's love. But this may not be exactly what we expect. It's not about a warm feeling to make us feel good. True love is sacrificial, unconditional, forgiving, powerful, and abundant. And yes, we are invited to join in. [Organ - Advent 4]
9:00am, Sunday, December 6, 2015
Passage: Luke 2:14
Duration: 19 mins 59 secs
We all want peace, we say; but what kind of peace are we talking about? What is the peace that really matters? [Organ/Choir - Advent 2]
9:00am, Sunday, November 15, 2015
Passage: Mark 13:8
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
Jesus warned us that being a Christian was not going to be easy. He also warned that the world would be full of strife. But like birth pains, these struggles will be forgotten after our birth into the glorious new life that awaits us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 25]
9:00am, Sunday, November 1, 2015
Passage: John 11:40
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 6 secs
The glory of God is inexpressibly huge, way beyond our minds' understanding. Consider three mountains: the first is his Creation, which declares the glory of God. This includes his incarnation. Second is the mountain of grief and suffering, which is also the mountain of salvation. Without a cross, there is no crown. Third is the mountain of resurrection, when Jesus overcame death. [Organ/Choir - All Saints]
11:00am, Sunday, October 11, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:23-24
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 34 secs
Human nature makes it hard to enter the Kingdom of God. First, it's hard to avoid thinking we're "pretty good" and don't really need saving (we prefer a celestial Santa Claus who grants wishes). Then it's hard to avoid thinking we can save ourselves with some kind of self-improvement programme. As the saying goes,we need to let go, and let God. But, as the rich young man found to his sorrow, it's hard when in truth we have money or other gods ahead of Jesus. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 20]
9:00am, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Passage: Mark 9:34
Series: General
Jesus' disciples argued about who was the greatest; but they did not expect Jesus' teaching that followed. (For technical reasons, no recording is available of this service.) [Organ/Pentecost 17]
11:00am, Sunday, September 13, 2015
Passage: Mark 8:27-38
Series: General
Duration: 23 mins 50 secs
Our identity rests in Christ; but who is Christ? And when we know who we are individually, then who are we collectively together, in the church? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 16]
11:00am, Sunday, August 9, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 56 secs
It's important that the body of Christ grows together, but this is not always easy. You don't need to be in any group for long to discover people you'd prefer not to get along with! Making this community work requires three things, none of which comes easily: patience, truthfulness, and perhaps above all forgiveness. Fortunately, Christ models each of these for us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 11]
11:00am, Sunday, July 26, 2015
Passage: John 6:1-15:0
Duration: 19 mins 10 secs
Both the Old Testament and Gospel readings today cover miraculous feeding of large crowds with minimal resources. As we consider our lives in community, are there lessons we can take from these stories, and particularly from Jesus feeding the five thousand? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 9]