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Growing Together
11:00am, Sunday, August 9, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 56 secs
It's important that the body of Christ grows together, but this is not always easy. You don't need to be in any group for long to discover people you'd prefer not to get along with! Making this community work requires three things, none of which comes easily: patience, truthfulness, and perhaps above all forgiveness. Fortunately, Christ models each of these for us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 11]
Asylum Seekers: Can We Turn Them Away?
6:00pm, Sunday, August 2, 2015
Duration: 24 mins 50 secs
In proclaiming God's love for foreigners, the Scriptures encourage us not so much to talk about asylum seekers, but to talk to them, and to welcome them in to our homes. We cannot turn them back from our personal lives, because God has not turned us back from His personal life. For all Christians have no permanent residence, and are pursuing our own citizenship claim in the city that is to come, guaranteed by Christ. [Thomas Place - Pentecost 10]
Belonging Together
9:00am, Sunday, August 2, 2015
Duration: 18 mins 36 secs
God has brought his church together, inviting us through the doors into life together. Here is where we can learn to grow in love, and to grow in community -- just as Paul encouraged the Ephesians. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 10]
Reaching Out Together
11:00am, Sunday, July 26, 2015
Passage: John 6:1-15:0
Duration: 19 mins 10 secs
Both the Old Testament and Gospel readings today cover miraculous feeding of large crowds with minimal resources. As we consider our lives in community, are there lessons we can take from these stories, and particularly from Jesus feeding the five thousand? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 9]
What Matters Most
9:00am, Sunday, July 19, 2015
Duration: 20 mins 6 secs
What matters most to you? For many people, it is their children; and for Christian parents, the children's faith journey is very important. This is what draws them closer to what really matters most: Jesus, Son of God. Today's epistle emphasises that Jesus tore down the walls that divide people. One of his goals for us is community: places where the love of neighbour is put into practical effect. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 8]
New Plumb Lines
11:00am, Sunday, July 12, 2015
Passage: Amos 1:7-8
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 40 secs
The prophet Amos was shown a plumb line, a tool for ensuring that buildings are set vertical. God calls us to be plumb lines within society, let God put us right with him, grow us in holiness, and give us his Word to share with those around us. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 7]
Marriage: More Than Love?
6:00pm, Sunday, July 5, 2015
Thomas Place asks the big questions, and this month it's all about marriage. In society, it's in something of a decline; and those who do marry generally agree that they marry for love. And they also unmarry when the love fades. Does God have anything to say about the kinds of love that should power a marriage? [Thomas Place - Pentecost 6]
Hometown Blues
9:00am, Sunday, July 5, 2015
Passage: Mark 6:1-6
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 48 secs
When Jesus took his disciples home to Nazareth, there was no warm welcome. Folks couldn't get past their image of the hometown boy to see the Messiah standing before them. And their unbelief was a real barrier to Jesus' redeeming power. Today's story has much to say to the contemporary church. [Organ - Pentecost 6]
I Need a Miracle
11:00am, Sunday, June 28, 2015
Passage: Mark 5:34
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 7 secs
Today's Gospel includes two stunning miracles: the healing of a woman who suffered incurable bleeding for the previous 12 years; and the raising of the daughter of a synagogue leader called Jairus. Do such miracles have anything to say to us today? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 5]
Still in the Storm
9:00am, Sunday, June 21, 2015
Passage: Mark 4:35-41
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins
When a storm swamped their boat, the disciples probably wanted the sleeping Jesus to help bail out the water. What they got was something completely unexpected: a revelation of the Son of God, with them in person then as he is with us now. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 4]