Phillip Haar

Phillip Haar

Phil Haar is a retired pastor of the LCA who is providing part-time assistance at St Paul's.

Latest sermons:
10:30am, Sunday, March 8, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 22 mins 12 secs
Our service today is in our temporary worship site, adjacent to where our new church is under renovation. The story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem has some echoes for us (chapter 4, vv 1-2, 16-17). [Organ/Choir - Lent 2]
10:30am, Sunday, February 9, 2020
Passage: John 2:1-11
Duration: 19 mins 2 secs
Our second service of farewell focuses on marriage, especially for those whose weddings were in our Station St home. Just as Jesus blessed the wedding in Cana, so he stands ready to bless all who invite him into our relationships. [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 5]
10:30am, Sunday, January 26, 2020
Series: General
John the Baptist called people to repent and prepare. Jesus calls us to follow him. (Due to technical difficulties, no recording is available of this service, but the sermon text is available.) [Organ/Choir - Epiphany 3]
9:23am, Monday, January 13, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins
Originally, baptism was a washing for repentant sinners. That's why John was surprised when Jesus, the sinless one, stepped forward for baptism in the Jordan. But the process of Jesus taking on our sins begins here. And this also changed baptism itself, from a simple washing to a means of the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. [Organ - Epiphany 1]
9:30am, Sunday, December 29, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 54 secs
The birth of Christ is a time of joy, precisely because we know this is the birth of our Saviour. At the same time, we know Jesus was born into this world that is so broken (today's Gospel records the horrific reaction of Herod when his power play was foiled), and we know the final cost of Jesus' rescue mission. The shadow of the cross looms large. [Instrumental - Christmas 1]
11:30pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 10 mins 51 secs
We can approach Christmas celebrations with many expectations. But since Christ came into our world in a lowly, ordinary way, was announced to the lowest social levels, and faced similar fears and risks as do all of humankind, and since he promises to continue to be with us, we may take him at his word, and become Christ-bearers. [Organ/choir - Midnight Mass]
8:30pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Duration: 10 mins
Third of three repeated services of Bible readings alternating with Christmas carols and songs. Each of these three services has a different, shortened sermon (and indeed, on Christmas Eve, two different preachers). [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
10:30am, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Passage: John 8:31-36
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 6 secs
We're very used to the statement "The truth will set you free". But what kind of truth? And what kind of freedom? These things are easily misunderstood. [Organ/Choir - Reformation Sunday]