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11:00am, Sunday, August 17, 2014
Duration: 20 mins 57 secs
Australia now is a multi-cultural nation. In that way, it's similar to the environment where Christ first announced the Good News. In today's Gospel, we have the good news shared with an outsider, a foreigner, and a woman (all categories that good Jewish men then shunned). We are the people of God, called to live and serve as he did -- without barriers. [ Instrumental - Pentecost 10 - Baptism of Willow M ]
11:00am, Sunday, August 10, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 58 secs
The dramatic scenes of the night-time storm on the Sea of Gallilee, when Jesus walked across the waves to the boat holding the astonished disciples, speak strongly into the storms in our own lives. Peter tried walking on the water to meer Jesus; but when his faith faltered, he sank, and it was Jesus who grabbed him and lifted him to safety. Jesus rescues our little faith, takes our hand, does not let go, and saves us. Trust him. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 9 ]
9:00am, Sunday, August 3, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 18 secs
God has treasure waiting for each of us, treasure we need to uncover. To find it we need three things: a map that marks the spot (where the spot is compassion); motivation, which is our personal responsibility; and we need God's miracles, blessing what we give and multiplying it to bring blessing to others. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 8 ]
11:00am, Sunday, July 27, 2014
Passage: Matthew 13:0
Duration: 19 mins 29 secs
Our church plant is being dwarfed by new high-rise developments. Rather like the parable of the mustard seed, perhaps, soon we will be the smallest seed in the garden. But the parables of Jesus speak of the kingdom life as small, quiet, unexpected, and a surprising gift of grace. So it is in the little things, small services done for "the least of these", that we live out the kingdom life, one step at a time. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 7 ]
9:00am, Sunday, July 20, 2014
Passage: Genesis 28:0
Duration: 18 mins 24 secs
We are stirred by big dreams, and need big visions for following God's purposes. We need a growing awareness of his presence, and of the way our lives (where we are) belong to him. We carry the Spirit with us wherever we go. And this means that it is a time to make vows. Jacob made three vows: submission to God; to be a temple of the Holy Spirit; and to give generously. Jacob's vision of a stairway to heaven encourages us, too, to live as children of God. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 6 ]
11:00am, Sunday, July 13, 2014
Passage: Romans 8:0
Duration: 19 mins 41 secs
Life is "rich and full", as our holidays make very clear. Our lives seem to have no limits. But the greatest danger in this rush is that we have no time to stop and soak in the world of God. In the Parable of the Sower, we are the seed falling among the thorns: the Word is choked. We need to calm this craziness, step back, and see this situation through the eyes of God. And hear again the truth of God's love for us. [ Organ - Pentecost 5 ]
9:00am, Sunday, July 6, 2014
Passage: Matthew 11:16
Duration: 21 mins 32 secs
Each generation thinks they will make good the world. But the generation that Jesus wants is characterised by three things: on-going repentence, on-going action, and then a generation that can rest in Christ. In fact, this is not any single generation, but all generations together. [ Organ - Pentecost 4 ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 29, 2014
Duration: 17 mins 15 secs
Paul describes us as instruments of grace. Every instrument (or tool) is tested, as Abraham was tested. Yet we also see that where God guides, God provides (as he provided the ram for Abraham's sacrifice). Thirdly, God also rewards those who are faithful instruments of his grace. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 3 - Baptism of Isobel G ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 22, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 3 secs
Here in Australia, we know nothing like the persecution of Christians taking place in other parts of the world. We face only mockery and the corruption of the symbols of our faith in the service of Mammon. Jesus warned that following him would be tough: look what they did to the Master. But he encourages us to keep the faith, for this alone is the path to salvation. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 2 - Baptism of Felix C ]
9:00am, Sunday, June 15, 2014
Duration: 14 mins 35 secs
For Trinity Sunday, Pastor Aldis focuses on three aspects of God that are about "all" (for which the Latin word is "omni"): all powerful, all loving, and all knowing. [ Organ/Choir - Trinity Sunday ]