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Eternal Promise. Eternal Life.
10:30am, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Passage: Luke 20:27-38
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 47 secs
The Saducees, a group of the religious leaders in Jesus' day, tried to trap Jesus with a grossly exaggerated story designed to ridicule his teaching about eternal life. Not only did Jesus confound those attacking him, but he also gave his disciples deep insight into the grace of God's gift, available to all who believe and accept. [Organ / Pentecost 22]
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
8:30am, Sunday, November 3, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 54 secs
This All Saints Sunday, we think on those who have gone home to heaven in this past year, and we wonder about Jesus' saying, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." [Organ/Choir - All Saints Sunday]
Truth and Freedom
10:30am, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Passage: John 8:31-36
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 6 secs
We're very used to the statement "The truth will set you free". But what kind of truth? And what kind of freedom? These things are easily misunderstood. [Organ/Choir - Reformation Sunday]
This Is Us!
8:30am, Sunday, October 20, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 23 mins 10 secs
The rather strange story of Jacob wrestling at the Jabbok River still speaks to us as we wrestle with the changes in our church. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 19]
Healing for the Sunday Morning Syndrome
10:30am, Sunday, October 13, 2019
Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins
Do you approach Sunday morning worship as a duty, a ritual that must be fulfilled? When Jesus healed ten lepers, nine fulfilled their religious duties; but one outsider rushed back to thanks Jesus, falling at his feet in worship. He recognised his healing as a free gift of grace. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 19]
The Story of Faith
8:30am, Sunday, October 6, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 17 secs
Our stories are important. They tell us who we are, and what our lives are about. But God's story tells us WHOSE we are, and that transforms our stories into stories of hope. Our stories show that God has always been with us; and so we can trust that he is with us for the next part of the journey. [Organ - Pentecost 17]
Social Justice
10:30am, Sunday, September 29, 2019
Passage: Luke 16:19-31
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 59 secs
Jesus summarized how we should live in these terms: first, loving God, and then serving those in need. His parable of the rich man with Lazarus lying at his gate, unaided, was very counter-cultural, and still speaks strongly to us today. [Organ - Pentecost 16]
Thanks Be to God
10:30am, Sunday, September 22, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 58 secs
Today, congregation member David, who has spent almost 7 years coming to services in a wheelchair, walked into church. Truly a time for thanksgiving, on this Thanksgiving Sunday. (We also gave very generously to our Emergency Food Bank pantry, serving those who need some help.) As Paul encouraged Timothy, we pray always with thanksgiving. [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 15/Thanksgiving Sunday]
Come and Celebrate
8:30am, Sunday, September 15, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 31 secs
When we talk of love, we're not talking mushy stuff. We're talking a decision to put others first and serve them, even in the worst of circumstances (hear, for example, today's story of Eugenie). Fortunately, this is what God does for us - always! So let's celebrate! [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 14]
The Cost of Salt
10:30am, Sunday, September 8, 2019
Passage: Luke 14:25-35
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 5 secs
In the days when salt was much more than a flavouring - it was also a preservative, an antiseptic, and used as currency - Jesus said to his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." He also taught that there is a cost in staying salty and being a disciple: our self-interest has to die away, so that we can live for others, being salt to the world. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 13]