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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 ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 8, 2014
Passage: John 7:37-39
Duration: 16 mins 57 secs
In Australia, the driest continent, we can identify with the Jewish gratitude for water, and why remembering the provision of water in the desert was so important in the Feast of the Tabernacles. It's therefore a very appropriate image when Jesus talks of the Spirit as "the water of life". Today, as four young people are confirmed in their baptismal vows, may we all overflow with this water of life to share it with those around us. [ Blended - Pentecost - Confirmation ]
6:00pm, Sunday, June 1, 2014
Duration: 23 mins 27 secs
Our society confuses (and restricts) sexuality to speak only about sexual intercourse itself. But "social sexuality" is a whole complex of gender-based realities, as well as (or apart from) that one thing. God's plan is for our whole being, not for a fragment that we set up as an idol. From this, Bishop Greg draws suggestions for folks at many different stages of life. [ Thomas Placee - Ascension Day ]
9:00am, Sunday, June 1, 2014
Passage: Acts 1:8
Duration: 18 mins 32 secs
[ Organ/Choir - Ascension Day ]