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:
8:30am, Sunday, February 14, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 37 secs
Jesus shines on the mountain in preparation for entering the valley to do his work. We meet with him in Word and Sacrament, and learn from him in times of dwelling in his Word and in prayer, listening for his voice to comfort, strengthen and direct us. Through simple acts of love done in his name, we can find understanding of how his glory exists even when hidden in the valley where our sight is clouded. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/BvVU20PBvAY ) [Prerecorded music - Transfiguration]
8:30am, Sunday, January 17, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 44 secs
The young boy Samuel heard God calling him in the night. We too listen for our God calling, both as individuals and in community as a church, and consider how we might encourage others to listen to God's calling. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/4V9yShmUPIg ) [Organ - Epiphany 2]
8:30am, Sunday, January 3, 2021
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 15 secs
The wise men were the first representatives of nations coming to Jesus, the light of the world. By the time they arrived, they knew this was not just a future king worthy of gifts, but the Messiah, worthy of worship. We know Jesus as Saviour, revealing the love of God, and we worship him with joy. He is both our path and our journey's end. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/-5cuxnL5PwE [Organ - Epiphany]) (Note: This YouTube video starts late into the service, just before the Gospel and sermon.)
10:30am, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Passage: Isaiah 61:1
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 29 secs
"Advent Joy." Avent reminds us of what we have to be joyful about - what we have in Christ and what we are able to share with others. Scripture time and time again tells us the people of God are to rejoice. Where does your joy come from? What joy is reliable and lasting, even in tough times? The joy of the Lord! (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/nA7lkVLBiu8 [Prerecorded music - Advent 3])
10:30am, Sunday, November 29, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 30 secs
As we anticipate Christmas, we prepare not only our homes but our hearts to celebrate God's care. He appeared in the flesh in his first Advent, and we look forward with sure hope for his return - but 'How long?' we pray. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/Pg-oHWdmRuM) [Prerecorded music - Advent 1]
10:30am, Sunday, November 8, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 57 secs
Jesus' parable of the five wise and five foolish bridesmaids teaches us to be prepared, especially when the wait is a long one. In the story, the bridesmaids needed oil for their lamps; but what is it we need as we go through the time of waiting? What is our "oil", and how does God provide for us? (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/Rplj7X55wc4) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 23]
8:30am, Sunday, October 25, 2020
Passage: John 8:31-32
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 57 secs
Reformation Day commemorates the rediscovery that salvation is a free gift. The Scriptures teach that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ, not by works or self-righteousness. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/6vTktZkQw8U) [Prerecorded music - Reformation]
10:30am, Sunday, October 4, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 21 secs
God cares for all of his people, despite our unfaithfulness. He gives us many chances to be fruitful in our lives and in our relationship with him - and invests so much in us that he sent his one any only Son, Jesus, to rescue us. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/UXZeMKOsp70) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 18]
10:30am, Sunday, September 27, 2020
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 21 secs
"What Is Obedience?" Jesus' parable of the two sons tells us that discipleship is more than mere lip service. It means selflessly doing the Father's will, with the emphasis on action. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/3iUL9n9JzHM) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 17]
10:30am, Sunday, August 30, 2020
Duration: 22 mins 22 secs
The way that we deal with conflict can in itself bring glory to God, sharing his love with our neighbours. (YouTube video of the service including this sermon: https://youtu.be/Q6TqfrnL32E) [Prerecorded music - Pentecost 12]