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9:00am, Sunday, March 2, 2014
Passage: Matthew 17:2
Duration: 16 mins 52 secs
Transfiguration means a kind of transformation, and we could say that the whole Christian life is about transformation. How does this happen? First we must see Jesus, and recognise who he is and what he offers us. (What happened with the disciples on the mountain makes this cleear.) Second, we must hear Jesus, and third we must simply obey Jesus. In being transformed ourselves, we become a transforming influence on our world. [ Organ - Transfiguration of Our Lord ]
11:00am, Sunday, February 23, 2014
Duration: 17 mins 58 secs
Recent events in North Korea show that true peacemakers may rapidly become the persecuted. This is not peace in the sense of ending hostilities, separating the parties at the point of a gun. Biblical peacemaking starts not with the outside, but with the inside. And this can result in persecution to one degree or another. In many parts of the world, this persecution today is very real. How could Jesus then say that those persecuted are blessed? [ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 7 ]
9:00am, Sunday, February 16, 2014
Passage: Matthew 5:7-8
Duration: 18 mins 17 secs
Mercy gives undeserved forgivess, exactly as God offers us. Jesus showed mercy to those he healed; God offers mercy to all through the death and resurrection of his Son. So too, this is to be the orientation, the pattern, for all who follow Jesus: we are merciful to others. We are also to be pure in heart. In this context "heart" means the seat of all thinking and acting. These days we would say integirty, meaning both morally upright, and unified and consistent. To be people of integrity, we have help both from God, and from our community of believers. [ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 6 ]
11:00am, Sunday, February 9, 2014
Passage: Matthew 5:5-6
Duration: 15 mins 13 secs
Dealing with the next two beatitudes: Blessed are the meek; and Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Meekness may include receiving assistance from others; staying accountable and receiving feedback. This can be both surprising and tough. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness means we want to be changed. We want to leave behind unhealthy behaviors, and seek God's healing. To God's offer, we need to choose our response. [ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 5 - Bach Cantata BWV 39 'Break Bread for the Hungry' ]
6:00pm, Sunday, February 2, 2014
[ Special - Epiphany 4 - Thomas Place ]
9:00am, Sunday, February 2, 2014
Passage: Matthew 5:3-4
Duration: 10 mins 15 secs
Returning after two weeks' leave, Pastor Aldi gives a contemporary interpretation of the first two beatitudes (Blessed are the poor in spirit, and Blessed are those who mourn).Humility and Emotional Honesty [ Organ - Epiphany 4 ]
11:00am, Sunday, January 26, 2014
Duration: 13 mins 14 secs
The call to repentance comes from God's great desire to be in relationship with us, his beloved ones, but he doesn't leave it at that - he has great plans for us in Jesus' healing ministry. (With our pastors on leave, today's guest preacher is Sue Westhorp, a congregation member and Palliative Care Chaplain at Royal Melbourne Hospital.) [ Organ - Epiphany 3 - Sue Westhorp is a chaplain at RMH ]
9:00am, Sunday, January 19, 2014
Duration: 16 mins 4 secs
The opening of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians seems simple enough, but dig into the riches it contains! With our pastors on leave, guest preacher Pastor Mark Tuffin, school chaplain at Luther College, Croydon, leads us to see our calling in these simple verses. [ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 2 ]
11:00am, Sunday, January 12, 2014
[ Organ - Epiphany 1 ]
9:00am, Sunday, January 5, 2014
Duration: 18 mins 38 secs
We don't know how many wise men journeyed to Bethlehem, but we do know that all Christians should be wise now. What does this mean? First seeing the star, seeing the divine in the world around us. Then the wise men followed the star: that is, we commit to following, seeking after God, and being willing to change direction to do so. Finally, wise people bow down and worship, and offer to him our gifts. In this way we become light bearers for the world. [ Organ - Epiphany.  ]