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Are Angels Real? Doing What?
6:00pm, Sunday, September 6, 2015
Angels are out of fashion in our scientific, rational thinking. They are nonetheless real, though (as always) only occasionally experienced. They are not cute, but formidable warriors; and they are not all good. What God's angels do is to praise, preach, and protect. [Thomas Place - Pentecost 15]
9:00am, Sunday, September 6, 2015
Duration: 21 mins 49 secs
An attitude of gratitude is a key part of our praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude lifts us up, like great music; and leads us back to seek more of God's Spirit through Word and worship, through the body and blood of Christ, through our prayers. When we hand over control to God, we know how to live. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 15]
Worshipping Together
11:00am, Sunday, August 30, 2015
Duration: 15 mins 57 secs
Today we surround five young people as they confirm their faith in public statements. This is the community where we can uplift, encourage, and help each other in our faith journeys. (This service ran too long for a CD, and so is available as two CDs: the first has the 'normal' Sunday worship components, and the second has the five Faith Statements and the Rite of Confirmation separated out. If you order a CD, please clarify in a comment whether you want just CD 1, or the double CD set.) [Blended Band and Organ/Choir - Pentecost 14]
The Bread of Life
11:00am, Sunday, August 23, 2015
Passage: John 6:56-69
Duration: 15 mins 39 secs
When Jesus said he was the Bread of Life, and his disciples were to eat his body and drink his blood, many walked away. Yet this is the foundation of Holy Communion. Can we approach this with the same joy that Bach addressed in BWV 49 "Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen" (I go forth and seek with longing)? With all the joy of a wedding feast? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 13]
Serving Together
9:00am, Sunday, August 16, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Duration: 19 mins 58 secs
The fifth in our series of "$0 Days in Community" focuses on how our small groups can be units that serve together, multiplying our efforts. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 12]
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]