11:00am, Sunday, September 14, 2014
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 14 ]
11:00am, Sunday, August 31, 2014
Duration: 12 mins 46 secs
The Cross has become something of a fashion statement, an item of jewellery. And the world generally thinks of 'love' and something soft and romatic. But the Cross is a symbol of discipleship, of following Jesus. And we who follow are called to show the same kind of self-giving, suffering love that he demonstrated in dying for us.
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 12 - Bach Cantata BWV 22 "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe" (Jesus took under Him the twelve)]
11:00am, Sunday, August 17, 2014
Duration: 20 mins 57 secs
Australia now is a multi-cultural nation. In that way, it's similar to the environment where Christ first announced the Good News. In today's Gospel, we have the good news shared with an outsider, a foreigner, and a woman (all categories that good Jewish men then shunned). We are the people of God, called to live and serve as he did -- without barriers.
[ Instrumental - Pentecost 10 - Baptism of Willow M ]
11:00am, Sunday, August 10, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 58 secs
The dramatic scenes of the night-time storm on the Sea of Gallilee, when Jesus walked across the waves to the boat holding the astonished disciples, speak strongly into the storms in our own lives. Peter tried walking on the water to meer Jesus; but when his faith faltered, he sank, and it was Jesus who grabbed him and lifted him to safety. Jesus rescues our little faith, takes our hand, does not let go, and saves us. Trust him.
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 9 ]
11:00am, Sunday, July 27, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 29 secs
Our church plant is being dwarfed by new high-rise developments. Rather like the parable of the mustard seed, perhaps, soon we will be the smallest seed in the garden. But the parables of Jesus speak of the kingdom life as small, quiet, unexpected, and a surprising gift of grace. So it is in the little things, small services done for "the least of these", that we live out the kingdom life, one step at a time.
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 7 ]
11:00am, Sunday, July 13, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 41 secs
Life is "rich and full", as our holidays make very clear. Our lives seem to have no limits. But the greatest danger in this rush is that we have no time to stop and soak in the world of God. In the Parable of the Sower, we are the seed falling among the thorns: the Word is choked. We need to calm this craziness, step back, and see this situation through the eyes of God. And hear again the truth of God's love for us.
[ Organ - Pentecost 5 ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 22, 2014
Here in Australia, we know nothing like the persecution of Christians taking place in other parts of the world. We face only mockery and the corruption of the symbols of our faith in the service of Mammon. Jesus warned that following him would be tough: look what they did to the Master. But he encourages us to keep the faith, for this alone is the path to salvation.
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 2 - Baptism of Felix C ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 8, 2014
Duration: 16 mins 57 secs
In Australia, the driest continent, we can identify with the Jewish gratitude for water, and why remembering the provision of water in the desert was so important in the Feast of the Tabernacles. It's therefore a very appropriate image when Jesus talks of the Spirit as "the water of life". Today, as four young people are confirmed in their baptismal vows, may we all overflow with this water of life to share it with those around us.
[ Blended - Pentecost - Confirmation ]
11:00am, Sunday, May 25, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 32 secs
There are truly horrific stories of the survival of orphans in the modern world, who do it as tough as orphans in Jesus' own time. And perhaps we all feel alone and lost from time to time. Today, Jesus promises that he will not leave us as orphans. He promises the Spirit to make us part of God's family. If you are feeling distant from God, fnd a quiet space, and spend some time asking the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of the Father.
[ Organ/Choir - Easter 6 ]
6:00pm, Sunday, May 4, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 10 secs
Thomas Place evening services, the first Sunday of each month, digs into big questions. This month: Does constant repetition of the Lord's Prayer make it nothing more than meaningless ritual? Senior Pastor Andrew Brook considers the places of written and spontaneous prayers, and the special place of this prayer, taught to us by Jesus. He also points to ways to find new riches in this precious gift.
[ Thomas Place - Easter 3 ]