Andrew Brook

Andrew Brook

Role: Pastor

Senior Pastor, St Paul's Lutheran Church

Latest sermons:
11:00am, Sunday, November 29, 2015
Duration: 17 mins 44 secs
Advent is a time of hope. And yet our world doesn't always seem hopeful. For example, 2700 years ago, the Jews were led away into Babylon. Everything seemed hopeless, but God had other ideas. What does God have in mind for us? [Organ/Choir - Advent 1]
11:00am, Sunday, November 22, 2015
Passage: John 18:33-37
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
When Pope Francis addressed a joint sitting of the US Congress last September, he spoke truth into the bastion of power, both right and left. The church has not always been good at avoiding the lure of power. But in his trial, Jesus also spoke truth to those in power, who really didn't understand anything about him. In place of power, Jesus shows us servanthood; in place of violence, compassion. His topsy-turvy world calls us to be citizens of another kingdom, one that has our first allegiance. (This sermon followed a performance of cantata BWV 117 "Sei Lob und Ehr dem hoechsten Gut" (Praise and honour be to the highest good).) [Organ/choir - Christ the King Sunday]
11:00am, Sunday, November 8, 2015
Passage: Mark 12:38-44
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 26 secs
The story of the impoverished widow giving all she had to the temple treasury is a hard one for us to hear. Because this is not just about giving more money. This is about giving our entire lives in service to God. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 24]
11:00am, Sunday, October 25, 2015
Passage: John 8:31-36
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 12 secs
Recently the national Synod brought our church family together for serious talk about difficult issues, on which we do not all agree. Because we stand united around the Cross, the discussions were conducted in a palpable atmosphere of respect and mutual support. [Organ/Choir - Reformation Sunday]
9:00am, Sunday, October 18, 2015
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 19 secs
Human nature is to seek personal advantage. But as Jesus explained to the two sons of Zebedee, this is not the path to greatness in the kingdom of God. The kingdom focus on the other, and on service, is the opposite of human nature. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 21]
11:00am, Sunday, September 27, 2015
Passage: Mark 9:38-50
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 5 secs
Some people are (perhaps overly) concerned with what the neighbors might think. But in today's text, Jesus tells his disciples (and us) about the opposite - how to think about our neighbors. Jesus calls us to live like him, to approach our neighbors with a generous heart and a light spirit. [Organ - Pentecost 18]
9:00am, Sunday, September 6, 2015
Duration: 21 mins 49 secs
An attitude of gratitude is a key part of our praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude lifts us up, like great music; and leads us back to seek more of God's Spirit through Word and worship, through the body and blood of Christ, through our prayers. When we hand over control to God, we know how to live. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 15]
11:00am, Sunday, August 30, 2015
Duration: 15 mins 57 secs
Today we surround five young people as they confirm their faith in public statements. This is the community where we can uplift, encourage, and help each other in our faith journeys. (This service ran too long for a CD, and so is available as two CDs: the first has the 'normal' Sunday worship components, and the second has the five Faith Statements and the Rite of Confirmation separated out. If you order a CD, please clarify in a comment whether you want just CD 1, or the double CD set.) [Blended Band and Organ/Choir - Pentecost 14]
11:00am, Sunday, August 23, 2015
Passage: John 6:56-69
Duration: 15 mins 39 secs
When Jesus said he was the Bread of Life, and his disciples were to eat his body and drink his blood, many walked away. Yet this is the foundation of Holy Communion. Can we approach this with the same joy that Bach addressed in BWV 49 "Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen" (I go forth and seek with longing)? With all the joy of a wedding feast? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 13]
9:00am, Sunday, August 16, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Duration: 19 mins 58 secs
The fifth in our series of "$0 Days in Community" focuses on how our small groups can be units that serve together, multiplying our efforts. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 12]