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The Story of Faith
8:30am, Sunday, October 6, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 17 secs
Our stories are important. They tell us who we are, and what our lives are about. But God's story tells us WHOSE we are, and that transforms our stories into stories of hope. Our stories show that God has always been with us; and so we can trust that he is with us for the next part of the journey. [Organ - Pentecost 17]
Social Justice
10:30am, Sunday, September 29, 2019
Passage: Luke 16:19-31
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 59 secs
Jesus summarized how we should live in these terms: first, loving God, and then serving those in need. His parable of the rich man with Lazarus lying at his gate, unaided, was very counter-cultural, and still speaks strongly to us today. [Organ - Pentecost 16]
Thanks Be to God
10:30am, Sunday, September 22, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 58 secs
Today, congregation member David, who has spent almost 7 years coming to services in a wheelchair, walked into church. Truly a time for thanksgiving, on this Thanksgiving Sunday. (We also gave very generously to our Emergency Food Bank pantry, serving those who need some help.) As Paul encouraged Timothy, we pray always with thanksgiving. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 15/Thanksgiving Sunday]
Come and Celebrate
8:30am, Sunday, September 15, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 31 secs
When we talk of love, we're not talking mushy stuff. We're talking a decision to put others first and serve them, even in the worst of circumstances (hear, for example, today's story of Eugenie). Fortunately, this is what God does for us - always! So let's celebrate! [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 14]
The Cost of Salt
10:30am, Sunday, September 8, 2019
Passage: Luke 14:25-35
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 5 secs
In the days when salt was much more than a flavouring - it was also a preservative, an antiseptic, and used as currency - Jesus said to his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." He also taught that there is a cost in staying salty and being a disciple: our self-interest has to die away, so that we can live for others, being salt to the world. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 13]
Table Grace for Life
8:30am, Sunday, September 1, 2019
Passage: Luke 14:7-14
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 1 sec
(Father's Day in Australia.) Jesus went to a Sabbath lunch at a Pharisee's house, and through parables gave good advice to guests and host about being graceful in table fellowship. Theses are lessons not just for the table, but for life. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 12]
You Are Set Free
10:30am, Sunday, August 25, 2019
Passage: Luke 13:10-17
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 30 secs
We sometimes wonder what is God doing here? Certainly the woman healed in the synagogue, the last time that Jesus taught there before his journey to the Cross, was surprised by God's action for her. And what is God working in this place? [Organ/Choir & Cantata - Pentecost 11]
Reading the Signs
8:30am, Sunday, August 18, 2019
Passage: Luke 12:49-56
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 45 secs
Jesus wanted us to become as skilled at "reading the times" as we are at reading the weather. Surely these are times when together we look to Jesus, and welcome and encourage each other. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 10]
Have No Fear, Little Flock
10:30am, Sunday, August 11, 2019
Passage: Luke 12:22-40
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 39 secs
From the angels announcing the Saviour to the astonished shepherds, through to Jesus' last days, the message is repeated: Fear not! Don't be afraid! Yet this is often hard to hear, hard to understand, hard to believe in our anxious days in this world. We need to spend time faithfully, each day, listening to the promises of Jesus. [Piano/Choir - Pentecost 9]
To Build a Community
8:30am, Sunday, August 4, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 18 secs
Unexpected outcomes leave our community divided at the moment. Paul's words to the Colossians still resonate for us today. [Organ - Pentecost 8]