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Empowered Expression
9:00am, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Passage: Acts 2:4
Duration: 24 mins 29 secs
“What does Pentecost mean to you?” This is the question (or answer) we look at today. It should mean quite a lot, because it is considered the “birthday” of the church. “What does the power of God mean to you?” This is also a Pentecost question. This day was the fulfilment of the promise of Jesus, to send “power” (literally, dynamite) to the church. Come and get it! [Organ/Choir - Pentecost]
Up, Up and Away (But Here to Stay)
11:00am, Sunday, May 8, 2016
Passage: Acts 1:1-11
Duration: 20 mins 53 secs
These days we're used to flying; but what was the ascension of Jesus, and what did it mean for the apostles and the early church? [Organ/Choir - Ascension]
Baptism - What's the Deal?
6:00pm, Sunday, May 1, 2016
Thomas Place services probe deep questions, tonight's being "What's the big deal about baptism? Can't I be a Christian without being baptised?" Pastor Andrew looks at the views of many Christian churches, and at Lutheran doctrine, before reaching his conclusion. [Thomas Place - Easter 6]
Dreams and Visions
9:00am, Sunday, May 1, 2016
Passage: Acts 16:9
Duration: 20 mins 33 secs
Someone asked, “What language does God speak?” The answer came back, “dreams and visions.” Since before time God himself had a dream and a vision of the kind of world he would create. The type of people and animals that would inhabit it. We’re it. You’re it. If you feel you’re falling a bit short of the mark, come and be refreshed by considering God’s dream and vision for you. [Organ/Choir - Easter 6]
Inside Out
11:00am, Sunday, April 24, 2016
Passage: Acts 11:1-18
Duration: 20 mins 19 secs
In Jesus' day, orthodox Jews were absolutely certain that they were God's chosen people, and everyone else was an outsider (or Gentile). For a simple, devout Jew like Peter, it came a a profound shock when God taught him that the Messiah came, died, and was resurrected for ALL people. God did not want to play those insider/outsider games. And so, neither should we. [Piano/Choir - Easter 5]
It's Personal
9:00am, Sunday, April 17, 2016
Passage: Acts 9:36-43
Duration: 15 mins 44 secs
Every individual is precious and important, created in the image of God. That's why it's good to hear, in Acts, of individual believers: because God is personal. Today we hear about Tabitha (in Greek, Dorcas), a disciple renowned for her loving works for others. When she dies, we see the community swing into action. And we see that Peter prays, and then in Jesus' power, he raises her from the dead. [Organ/Choir - Good Shepherd Sunday]
If We Will Trust in God to Guide Us
11:00am, Sunday, April 10, 2016
Duration: 8 mins 48 secs
Trust is hard to come by in the modern world. We have been let down so often by political leaders, by business, and by each other. But when we cannot trust, our hearts shrivel and our life is diminished. Today's cantata reminds us that there is One in whom we can trust completely. That trustworthiness is based in his Love, shown in the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. (This address followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 93 Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten (If we will trust in God to guide us). [Orchestra/Choir - Easter 3]
Jesus' Resurrection
6:00pm, Sunday, April 3, 2016
Thomas Place services probe deep questions, with tonight's being "Jesus’ resurrection: fact or fiction?". Guest preacher Pastor Nathan Hedt looks at the historical case as well as the theological. [Thomas Place - Easter 2]
It Is Finished ... It’s Only Just Beginning
9:00am, Sunday, April 3, 2016
Passage: Acts 5:27-32
Duration: 14 mins 21 secs
As Jesus cried out from the cross "It is finished!", his bodily work on earth was done. But for his church, starting with his befuddled disciples and continuing on through us, the work was only just beginning. [Organ - Easter 2]
Looking for Life
11:00am, Sunday, March 27, 2016
Passage: Luke 24:1-12
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 27 secs
Are you looking for life? What does it mean to be a “walking resurrection”? How do I find such faith? Easter/resurrection morning is the day that changed everything. Before then it was all “nonsense” or an “idle tale.” Come, listen, ask, seek, knock and find the life everlasting that God offers and provides to us and everyone. [Organ/Choir - Easter Day]