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11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 26 secs
(First of a series about those who had Encounters With Jesus.) There can be no doubt that evil stalks this world, intent on destroying God's good creation. After his baptism, Jesus found himself doing battle with this tempter, this slanderer, this adversary (the three names given in this account to Satan). Jesus resisted temptation, but his ministry is characterised by the constant presence of evil. Our baptism into Christ marks us as participants in the continuing skirmish, but we know who wins in the end. [ Organ - Lent 1 - Buxtehude Cantata BuxWV 60 Jesu, Meine Freude ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
[ Special - Cantatas from Feb 9 & Mar 9 2014 ]
6:00pm, Sunday, March 2, 2014
Duration: 23 mins 29 secs
Our Thomas Place services (first Sunday evening of the month) tackle big questions. This month's question is about abortion: is it always wrong? How should we respond? Senior Pastor Andrew Brook makes clear that Christians have not always responded well. It's time for a rethink. [ Thomas Place - Transfiguration ]
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 ]