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The Joy of Christmas
9:30am, Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Passage: John 1:1-14
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 37 secs
Visiting Pastor Wilhelm Stern knows the ideal Christmas present he would like to give others - to take us on a trip to Africa to share his experience there of the joyful celebrations for the birth of our Lord. [Organ/Choir - Christmas Day]
The Word Became Flesh
11:30pm, Monday, December 24, 2018
Passage: John 1:1-14
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 6 secs
The first Gospel, Mark, starts with the baptism of Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew, for a Jewish audience, first traces his ancestry back to Abraham. The Gospel of Luke, written for Gentiles, traces his ancestry back to Adam, the common ancestor of all. But John, written last and focused on Jesus' full identity, goes back all the way: "In the beginning". [Special music - Midnight Mass]
Lessons and Carols 2
8:30pm, Monday, December 24, 2018
Duration: 6 mins 36 secs
For our two Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols services (always packed), Marlene Pietsch brought us extracts from a sermon prepared in 1521 by Martin Luther when he was in exile in Wartburg Castle. (This service provides the better music recording if you are requesting a CD.) [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
Lessons and Carols 1
6:30pm, Monday, December 24, 2018
Duration: 6 mins 36 secs
For our two Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols services (always packed), Marlene Pietsch brought us extracts from a sermon prepared in 1521 by Martin Luther when he was in exile in Wartburg Castle. [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
Big New Beginnings
10:30am, Sunday, December 23, 2018
Passage: Micah 5:2-5
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 19 secs
Our God is a God of big new beginnings, and when God intervenes, things are never the same again. Lay reader Stuart Manderson shares insights from Pastor Vince Gerhardy. [Organ/Choir - Advent 4]
Rejoice Always
8:30am, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 38 secs
Is Paul being realistic in his letter to the church in Philippi when he calls for them to rejoice ALWAYS? What is joy anyway? Does it mean more than happiness? Lay reader Brian Aherne explores these themes in a sermon adapted from Pastor Vince Gerhardy. [Organ/Strings/Choir - Advent 3]
Advent Highway
10:30am, Sunday, December 9, 2018
Passage: Luke 3:1-6
Series: General
Visiting Pastor Brett Kennett unwraps the beautiful imagery from Isaiah, used to describe John the Baptist's cry from the wilderness, and so gloriously set to music in Handel's Messiah. (Again, technical issues means no recordings or podcast for today; but the sermon text is downloadable as a PDF.) [Organ/Choir - Advent 2]
Thankfulness and Joy
8:30am, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Series: General
Duration: 11 mins 12 secs
Visiting Pastor Vernon Kleinig explores the impact of joyous thanksgiving as we prepare for Christ's coming. (Today's service recording includes parts of the 10:30 band service, where Pastor Vernon baptised his granddaughter.) [Organ/Choir/Band - Advent 1]
The King and His Kingdom
10:30am, Sunday, November 25, 2018
Passage: John 18:33-37
Series: General
Visiting Pastor Bob Wiebusch explores the meaning of Christ's Kingdom in the world, but not of the world, for this last Sunday of the Church year. (Technical issues prevented a recording of services today. The sermon text is downloadable as a PDF.) [Organ/Choir - Christ the King Sunday]
Confidence in the Lord
8:30am, Sunday, November 18, 2018
Passage: Mark 13:1-8
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 22 secs
Visiting pastor Greg Pietsch uses the disciples' awe about the Temple to explore our habit of putting our confidence in the wrong places - that is, anywhere but in God and Christ. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 26]