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Thirsting for Joy
11:00am, Sunday, December 13, 2015
Duration: 19 mins 45 secs
We're all hungry for joy and happiness. But are these the same thing? Does it help to hear "Don't worry, be happy"? Or is joy something deeper, something possible in even the dark hours? Where does it come from? [Organ/Choir - Advent 3]
Thirsting for Peace
9:00am, Sunday, December 6, 2015
Passage: Luke 2:14
Duration: 19 mins 59 secs
We all want peace, we say; but what kind of peace are we talking about? What is the peace that really matters? [Organ/Choir - Advent 2]
Hope in a Hope-Less World
11:00am, Sunday, November 29, 2015
Duration: 17 mins 44 secs
Advent is a time of hope. And yet our world doesn't always seem hopeful. For example, 2700 years ago, the Jews were led away into Babylon. Everything seemed hopeless, but God had other ideas. What does God have in mind for us? [Organ/Choir - Advent 1]
Citizens of Another Kingdom
11:00am, Sunday, November 22, 2015
Passage: John 18:33-37
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
When Pope Francis addressed a joint sitting of the US Congress last September, he spoke truth into the bastion of power, both right and left. The church has not always been good at avoiding the lure of power. But in his trial, Jesus also spoke truth to those in power, who really didn't understand anything about him. In place of power, Jesus shows us servanthood; in place of violence, compassion. His topsy-turvy world calls us to be citizens of another kingdom, one that has our first allegiance. (This sermon followed a performance of cantata BWV 117 "Sei Lob und Ehr dem hoechsten Gut" (Praise and honour be to the highest good).) [Organ/choir - Christ the King Sunday]
Birth Pains
9:00am, Sunday, November 15, 2015
Passage: Mark 13:8
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
Jesus warned us that being a Christian was not going to be easy. He also warned that the world would be full of strife. But like birth pains, these struggles will be forgotten after our birth into the glorious new life that awaits us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 25]
Your Money and Your Life
11:00am, Sunday, November 8, 2015
Passage: Mark 12:38-44
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 26 secs
The story of the impoverished widow giving all she had to the temple treasury is a hard one for us to hear. Because this is not just about giving more money. This is about giving our entire lives in service to God. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 24]
The Glory of God
9:00am, Sunday, November 1, 2015
Passage: John 11:40
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 6 secs
The glory of God is inexpressibly huge, way beyond our minds' understanding. Consider three mountains: the first is his Creation, which declares the glory of God. This includes his incarnation. Second is the mountain of grief and suffering, which is also the mountain of salvation. Without a cross, there is no crown. Third is the mountain of resurrection, when Jesus overcame death. [Organ/Choir - All Saints]
A Free Family of Faith
11:00am, Sunday, October 25, 2015
Passage: John 8:31-36
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 12 secs
Recently the national Synod brought our church family together for serious talk about difficult issues, on which we do not all agree. Because we stand united around the Cross, the discussions were conducted in a palpable atmosphere of respect and mutual support. [Organ/Choir - Reformation Sunday]
Ask Not What Your Church Can Do...
9:00am, Sunday, October 18, 2015
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 19 secs
Human nature is to seek personal advantage. But as Jesus explained to the two sons of Zebedee, this is not the path to greatness in the kingdom of God. The kingdom focus on the other, and on service, is the opposite of human nature. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 21]
Hard
11:00am, Sunday, October 11, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:23-24
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 34 secs
Human nature makes it hard to enter the Kingdom of God. First, it's hard to avoid thinking we're "pretty good" and don't really need saving (we prefer a celestial Santa Claus who grants wishes). Then it's hard to avoid thinking we can save ourselves with some kind of self-improvement programme. As the saying goes,we need to let go, and let God. But, as the rich young man found to his sorrow, it's hard when in truth we have money or other gods ahead of Jesus. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 20]