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Bold in Asking
10:30am, Sunday, July 28, 2019
Passage: Luke 11:1-13
Series: General
Duration: 16 mins 51 secs
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he taught them that we are all his sisters and brothers, and can all call boldly on OUR Father. He also taught us to be intercessors - that is, those who pray for others, asking for the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Organ/Choir - Pentecost 7]
Just One Thing Needed
8:30am, Sunday, July 21, 2019
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 42 secs
These days there seems to be a welcome return to the concept of a "balanced life". But how are we to understand the story of Mary and Martha, when Jesus came to visit? Maintaining balance means that we must never lose sight of the "one thing necessary". [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 6]
Who Is My Neighbour?
10:30am, Sunday, July 14, 2019
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 5 secs
We are very used to hearing about the Good Samaritan, and hearing that he is an example to us all. But what if, in his own day, Jesus' story was not just an 'example' story, but even more of a 'reversal' story, aimed at breaking up the preconceptions of his hearers - and of us? [Organ - Pentecost 5]
Just Pack the Joy of Your Salvation
8:30am, Sunday, July 7, 2019
Passage: Luke 10:1-11
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 45 secs
Jesus sent out the 70 with instructions to travel light, carrying nothing but his message, and relying on the hospitality of those along the way. Are we called on the same urgent mission? Yes, motivated by the assurance of Christ for us. [Organ - Pentecost 4]
Growing the Great Fruit of the Spirit
8:30am, Sunday, June 30, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 58 secs
Today Paul describes for us the fruit of the Spirit, and Jesus calls us to follow him in that Spirit. Too often people say "Yeah, but…". Let's not sit on our "yeah but"s! [Instrumental strings/Pentecost 3]
Turn Up, and Tell of God
10:30am, Sunday, June 23, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 6 secs
The life of an outstanding Australian, and today's story of Elijah the prophet, both bring us the same message. Keep on turning up. Turn up, and make a difference. Turn up, and tell what God is doing for us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 2]
Hope Does Not Disappoint
8:30am, Sunday, June 16, 2019
Passage: Romans 5:1-5
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 15 secs
The movie "The Shawshank Redemption" helps us understand the importance of hope in our lives. Paul's letter to the Romans reminds us that we have a hope that does not disappoint, that does not depend on our own resources. [Organ/Choir - Trinity Sunday]
The Heart Language of the Spirit
10:30am, Sunday, June 9, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 11 secs
Pentecost is when we remember the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples in miraculous ways. But we really misunderstand if we think the Spirit is only about miraculous signs. And we really misunderstand if we think the spirit world is somehow removed from the daily realities of life for us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost]
Learning to See with the Eyes of our Hearts
8:30am, Sunday, June 2, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 41 secs
There is certainly evil in the world, and enough bad things happen for people to say "Surely there is no God." But for those of us who listen to his Word, we know his heart for all people to be saved. We know his Spirit is with us. And as Paul wrote, we must see with the eyes of our hearts. "Behold, I am making all things new!" And we are invited to participate. [Organ/Choir - Ascension]
Refreshed in the Waters of Life
10:30am, Sunday, May 26, 2019
Passage: Acts 16:9-15
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 9 secs
Today's cantata performance (BWV 59), and a bubbling brook near Lydia in Greece - both are means of refreshment in our busy lives. God stands ready to refresh and strengthen us whenever we turn to him. [Organ/Choir - Easter 6]