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, June 28, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 16 secs
Jesus made a surprising statement about welcoming. Anyone, he said, who welcomes a disciple of Jesus is also welcoming Jesus himself; and in doing so, welcomes God the Father. As disciples, we are carriers of blessing. Let's explore what this means. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/tLhdmCTqN3Q) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 43]
10:30am, Sunday, May 31, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 28 secs
At Pentecost, when devout Jews were celebrating the first fruits of the harvest, the Spirit-filled disciples began to spread the Good News of Christ, and 3000 were added to their number that day alone. The Spirit calls us and is with us still. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/aVJHq1bhOP8) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost]
10:30am, Sunday, April 26, 2020
Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 6 secs
The two disciples walking to Emmaus were so downcast they did not even recognize who was walking with them (at least until he broke bread with them). Similarly, we can be so absorbed in the daily crisis that we lose sight of our Lord. But he is with us! (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/FzfSaWP_l98) [Prerecorded music - Third Sunday of Easter]
10:30am, Sunday, March 29, 2020
Passage: John 11:1-45
Series: General
Duration: 22 mins 26 secs
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, many came to believe in him. But the story includes many other insights helpful to us now, as we adjust to COVID-19 isolation. Who would have predicted, after he deliberately delayed going to Lazarus' family, that "Jesus wept"? Ours is a deeply compassionate God, ever calling us to faith. (Available as a YoutTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZu7jWipACE) [Music recorded in earlier services - Lent 5]
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]