Andrew Brook

Andrew Brook

Role: Pastor

Senior Pastor, St Paul's Lutheran Church

Latest sermons:
9:00am, Sunday, November 17, 2013
Duration: 13 mins 3 secs
Included in this service was a report from a team from St Paul's who visited the Philippines, under the auspices of an organization called Compassion. One thread of Compassion's ministry is mentoring. And in today's readings. Paul encourages Christian mentors in Thessalonica never to tire of doing good, but to continue to work hard. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 26 ]
9:00am, Sunday, November 3, 2013
Duration: 16 mins 21 secs
Although some things get harder as we get older, age can also bring insight into what a blessing is the gift of life. At the same time, the deficiencies in our world become more obvious. In the face of this, we need to reaffirm our identity as God's saints, heaven-bound. But what does it mean to live in the messy middle, both earthbound, and already heaven-bound? [ Organ/Choir - All Saints ]
11:00am, Sunday, October 27, 2013
Passage: John 8:31-36
Duration: 16 mins 37 secs
We all need a big love to manage all the relationship in our lives, but often our love is anaemic and self-centred. Reformation is about the rediscovery of God's big love, through the cross of his Son, Jesus Christ. This love changes everything. We love now not because we must, but because we can. [ Organ/Choir - Reformation Day - Adult Confirmations, Yr 12 Blessing ]
11:00am, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Duration: 16 mins 4 secs
Many people are short sighted. Things are clear close up, but far away it's hard to see. Spiritually all people are short sighted. We are often blind to others and their needs. Jesus' encounter with the ten lepers shows us that God sees our human needs and helps us. Through his cross, he gives us the ability to see others in need and help them. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 21 ]
11:00am, Sunday, September 22, 2013
Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Duration: 13 mins 23 secs
(Between the Gospel reading and the address in today's service, we had a rendition with orchestra, choir and soloists of J.S. Bach's cantata BVW 105, "Lord, do not pass judgement on Your servant".) There are some things money can't buy - health, relationships, and eternal life. For these things there's God. Jesus pays the price of his life to secure our future. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 18 - Bach Cantata BWV 105 ]
9:00am, Sunday, September 15, 2013
Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Duration: 15 mins 15 secs
How very easy it is to get caught up in our own busyness, and not to notice wandering. This might be our brothers and sisters wandering away, or it might be our own wandering and loss of focus. Today's parables make clear that the heart of God is very much aware of those who wander, and that he pursues them. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 17 ]
11:00am, Sunday, September 8, 2013
Passage: Luke 14:25-35
Duration: 19 mins 50 secs
How would Jesus do as a candidate in the recent Australian elections? Not too well: as always, his policies are counter-cultural. And if we are to be his disciples, responding in his love to his call to action, then we need to be counter-cultural as well. In some senses, we need to go against the grain in ourselves, too. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 16 ]
9:00am, Sunday, September 1, 2013
Passage: Luke 14:1-14
Duration: 16 mins 19 secs
Jesus speaks against the social patterns of the day, patterns which measured social exchanges in terms of how they would benefit us. These same patterns pushed out the poor and suffering, including those with disabilities. Has much changed? Can we do more to be an inclusive community, one that reaches out like Jesus to embrace all his brothers and sisters? [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 15 ]
11:00am, Sunday, August 11, 2013
Duration: 17 mins 52 secs
In our fifth in the series "Life in the Spirit", we examine one of the factors which makes the Christian church different from other human clubs and organisations. The Spirit opens up for us a real relationship with God the Father. Such a personal relationship is nothing less than new birth, such is the radical change in our nature and our identity. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 12 ]
9:00am, Sunday, July 21, 2013
Duration: 15 mins 46 secs
God desires for each of us a deep and lasting relationship through the Spirit. Yet many of us hang back, afraid to commit. What are we expecting from the Spirit that makes us nervous? [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 9 ]