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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]
What Do You Think of the Neighbours?
11:00am, Sunday, September 27, 2015
Passage: Mark 9:38-50
Series: General
Duration: 21 mins 5 secs
Some people are (perhaps overly) concerned with what the neighbors might think. But in today's text, Jesus tells his disciples (and us) about the opposite - how to think about our neighbors. Jesus calls us to live like him, to approach our neighbors with a generous heart and a light spirit. [Organ - Pentecost 18]
9:00am, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Passage: Mark 9:34
Series: General
Jesus' disciples argued about who was the greatest; but they did not expect Jesus' teaching that followed. (For technical reasons, no recording is available of this service.) [Organ/Pentecost 17]
Guess Who?
11:00am, Sunday, September 13, 2015
Passage: Mark 8:27-38
Series: General
Duration: 23 mins 50 secs
Our identity rests in Christ; but who is Christ? And when we know who we are individually, then who are we collectively together, in the church? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 16]
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]