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Shadow of the Cross
9:30am, Sunday, December 29, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 54 secs
The birth of Christ is a time of joy, precisely because we know this is the birth of our Saviour. At the same time, we know Jesus was born into this world that is so broken (today's Gospel records the horrific reaction of Herod when his power play was foiled), and we know the final cost of Jesus' rescue mission. The shadow of the cross looms large. [Instrumental - Christmas 1]
The Word Became Flesh
9:30am, Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Passage: John 1:1-16
Series: General
Duration: 13 mins 40 secs
Children have a wonderful, fresh way of making the Christmas story their own, and retelling it in their own words (video used in this service is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suowe2czxcA ). We too can receive the Christ gift, the great exchange (as Luther called it), and retell the story in our own words and lives. [Organ/Choir - Christmas Day]
Expectations
11:30pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 10 mins 51 secs
We can approach Christmas celebrations with many expectations. But since Christ came into our world in a lowly, ordinary way, was announced to the lowest social levels, and faced similar fears and risks as do all of humankind, and since he promises to continue to be with us, we may take him at his word, and become Christ-bearers. [Organ/choir - Midnight Mass]
Promises Kept. Simply.
8:30pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Duration: 10 mins
Third of three repeated services of Bible readings alternating with Christmas carols and songs. Each of these three services has a different, shortened sermon (and indeed, on Christmas Eve, two different preachers). [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
The Gift
6:30pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Duration: 7 mins 22 secs
Second of three repeated services of Bible readings alternating with Christmas carols and songs. Each of these three services has a different, shortened sermon (and indeed, on Christmas Eve, two different preachers). [Organ/Choir - Christmas Eve]
Hard Road
8:00pm, Sunday, December 22, 2019
Duration: 5 mins 34 secs
First of three repeated services of Bible readings alternating with Christmas carols and songs. Each of these three services has a different, shortened sermon. [Organ/Choir - Advent 4]
Share the Surprise
10:30am, Sunday, December 22, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 28 secs
Trigger warning: a story of the death of a child. Life can be cruelly hard sometimes, and most of us have experienced some kind of loss. The great surprise is that, even through these most difficult of times, God may be working to increase our faith. [Organ/Choir - Advent 4]
Life Streams in the Desert
8:30am, Sunday, December 15, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 15 mins 51 secs
Pastor Neville spent several years in ministry in the central Australian deserts. He experienced first hand the wonderful transformation of the desert rains. Isaiah prophesies similarly about the rescue of God being like desert rains, transforming everything. And Jesus Christ is our rescue. [Organ/Choir - Advent 3]
The Jesse Tree
10:30am, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 30 secs
The Jesse tree is another old Christmas tradition that highlights God's repeated promise to us. Each symbol tells one of the many ways that God has reminded us of his faithful promise. [Organ/Choir - Advent 2]
Almost Morning
8:30am, Sunday, December 1, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 59 secs
The death of a loved one is a terrible loss. But the resurrection of Jesus shows that death does not have the final word. Advent is a time to remember that Christ is bringing new life. [Organ/Choir - Advent 1]