11:00am, Sunday, April 27, 2014
Duration: 22 mins 34 secs
Christians often feel out of step with the world around us, and that is not a bad thing. We may be in very lucky places; but we are not to be conformed to this world, not to be sucked in by materialism. We get our value from only one place: the fact that Jesus Christ thought we were worth rescuing, at the cost of his own life. A life of thanksgiving is one appropriate response. Today Peter tells us to always be ready to give an account of our story in God. We don't need fancy technical language. Just our story, told like it is.
[ Organ - Easter 2 ]
11:00am, Friday, April 18, 2014
[ Special - Good Friday - Based on the seven words of Christ from the Cross ]
7:45pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
[ Organ/Choir - Holy Wednesday - Allegri's Miserere ]
6:00pm, Sunday, April 6, 2014
Duration: 22 mins 43 secs
Thomas Place services explore big questions. Many people think that evils spirits are just a superstition; but personal experience supports the biblical view entirely. But this is not to fill us with fear, because experience also underlines the truth that Christ has already mastered evil. There may be devils, but they are not in charge.
[ Thomas Place - Lent 5 ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 23, 2014
Duration: 23 mins 17 secs
The history of advertising shows it making some astonishing claims -- claims that are better suited to the Creator than to any product. And in today's story, which is the longest Biblical record of an individual encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman at the well discovers that Jesus is, indeed, the real thing.
[ Organ/Choir - Lent 3 ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 26 secs
(First of a series about those who had Encounters With Jesus.)
There can be no doubt that evil stalks this world, intent on destroying God's good creation. After his baptism, Jesus found himself doing battle with this tempter, this slanderer, this adversary (the three names given in this account to Satan). Jesus resisted temptation, but his ministry is characterised by the constant presence of evil. Our baptism into Christ marks us as participants in the continuing skirmish, but we know who wins in the end.
[ Organ - Lent 1 - Buxtehude Cantata BuxWV 60 Jesu, Meine Freude ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
[ Special - Cantatas from Feb 9 & Mar 9 2014 ]
6:00pm, Sunday, March 2, 2014
Duration: 23 mins 29 secs
Our Thomas Place services (first Sunday evening of the month) tackle big questions. This month's question is about abortion: is it always wrong? How should we respond? Senior Pastor Andrew Brook makes clear that Christians have not always responded well. It's time for a rethink.
[ Thomas Place - Transfiguration ]
11:00am, Sunday, February 23, 2014
Duration: 17 mins 58 secs
Recent events in North Korea show that true peacemakers may rapidly become the persecuted. This is not peace in the sense of ending hostilities, separating the parties at the point of a gun. Biblical peacemaking starts not with the outside, but with the inside. And this can result in persecution to one degree or another. In many parts of the world, this persecution today is very real. How could Jesus then say that those persecuted are blessed?
[ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 7 ]
9:00am, Sunday, February 16, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 17 secs
Mercy gives undeserved forgivess, exactly as God offers us. Jesus showed mercy to those he healed; God offers mercy to all through the death and resurrection of his Son. So too, this is to be the orientation, the pattern, for all who follow Jesus: we are merciful to others. We are also to be pure in heart. In this context "heart" means the seat of all thinking and acting. These days we would say integirty, meaning both morally upright, and unified and consistent. To be people of integrity, we have help both from God, and from our community of believers.
[ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 6 ]