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Necessary Gift
6:30pm, Saturday, December 24, 2016
Passage: John 1:1-17
Series: General
Duration: 11 mins 7 secs
Each year, the Christmas story remains the same. But don't become jaded, for there is only one gift, exactly one, that is truly needed. [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
Joyful Mountain
9:00am, Sunday, December 18, 2016
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 2 secs
Where or what gives you the greatest joy? Does this ever change? Psalm 122:1, says we are to “rejoice” with those who go to the house of the Lord. What does that mean? How can we find a place or joy that doesn’t change? [Organ/Choir - Advent 4]
Peaceful Mountain
11:00am, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Passage: Isaiah 2:4
Series: General
Duration: 25 mins 27 secs
How's your peace with God? Peace with others? How about yourself? Peace on earth, how do we get that? These are all issues the Bible addresses, and God wants to help us with. [Organ/Choir - Advent 3]
United Mountain
9:00am, Sunday, December 4, 2016
Passage: Isaiah 2:3-4
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 46 secs
Dr David Anderson, a guest of Grow Ministries in Australia, preached this morning on unity on God's mountain, and the consequent call on every Christian to reach out to the world. [Organ/Choir - Advent 2]
The Highest Mountain
11:00am, Sunday, November 27, 2016
Passage: Isaiah 2:2
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 17 secs
Have you ever been mountain climbing? Maybe facing a few mountains of your own? Today we begin our Advent journey of mountain climbing, based on the words of Isaiah 2:3, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.” Come, join us in the adventure. [Organ/Choir - Advent 1]
To God's Holy People
9:00am, Sunday, November 20, 2016
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 25 secs
Having accepted a call to another parish in South Australia, retiring senior pastor Andrew Brook finds many parallels between Paul's letter to the church at Colossae and his own reflections on almost a decade of service at St Paul's. [Organ/Choir - Christ the King - Last Sunday of the Church Year]
The End of the World
11:00am, Sunday, November 13, 2016
Passage: Luke 21:5-19
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 10 secs
Travelling towards the Cross, Jesus spoke about the end times, trying to direct his disciples to a life beyond even the most imposing things that this world can offer. Jesus' words about false teachers also serve to warn us again today not to be distracted, placing our faith anywhere else but in Jesus himself. These can be difficult times to be a Christian, more so in other countries than here. We need to stay fixed on Christ who has come to bring the fullness of life. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 26]
Saints
9:00am, Sunday, November 6, 2016
Passage: Ephesians 1:1
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 42 secs
Are you a saint? Maybe yes, maybe no. What does it mean? What is the meaning of life? All saints should know. And what lies ahead? These are big questions addressed today. [Organ/Choir - All Saints Sunday]
Where Do We Stand?
11:00am, Sunday, October 30, 2016
Series: General
Duration: 22 mins
Fifty years is a good age for retrospection, and this is the 50th anniversary of the formationn of a single Lutheran Church of Australia. It is also Reformation Sunday, going back to the roots of Lutheranism when a junior professor of theology pinned 95 debating points on the academic noticeboard for discussion. (Five hundred years later, the Lutheran and Catholic churches are slowly moving back from conflict to communion.) What was all the fuss about? The very heart of the Gospel. [Organ/Choir - Reformation]
From Strength to Strength
11:16am, Sunday, October 23, 2016
Passage: Psalm 84:7
Duration: 16 mins 23 secs
How would you summarise the Christian life? Does “strength to strength” come to mind? Maybe not, but that is how the Good News of Jesus should come across to us. Today we look more closely at Psalm 84:7 to discover how this kind of life might be possible. (This address followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 113 "Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good".) [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 23]