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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]
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]