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9:00am, Sunday, November 17, 2013
Duration: 13 mins 3 secs
Included in this service was a report from a team from St Paul's who visited the Philippines, under the auspices of an organization called Compassion. One thread of Compassion's ministry is mentoring. And in today's readings. Paul encourages Christian mentors in Thessalonica never to tire of doing good, but to continue to work hard. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 26 ]
11:00am, Sunday, November 10, 2013
Duration: 19 mins 9 secs
What are mentors like? Who needs them? And why? [ Organ/choir - Pentecost 25 - Baptism Ethan & Jared ]
9:00am, Sunday, November 3, 2013
Duration: 16 mins 21 secs
Although some things get harder as we get older, age can also bring insight into what a blessing is the gift of life. At the same time, the deficiencies in our world become more obvious. In the face of this, we need to reaffirm our identity as God's saints, heaven-bound. But what does it mean to live in the messy middle, both earthbound, and already heaven-bound? [ Organ/Choir - All Saints ]
11:00am, Sunday, October 27, 2013
Passage: John 8:31-36
Duration: 16 mins 37 secs
We all need a big love to manage all the relationship in our lives, but often our love is anaemic and self-centred. Reformation is about the rediscovery of God's big love, through the cross of his Son, Jesus Christ. This love changes everything. We love now not because we must, but because we can. [ Organ/Choir - Reformation Day - Adult Confirmations, Yr 12 Blessing ]
9:00am, Sunday, October 20, 2013
Passage: Acts 12:9
Duration: 20 mins 16 secs
How can we escape the sense of being trapped in our lives? How do we break out of being stuck, especially mentally stuck? The first requirement is that we have to be desperately dissatisfied with our situation (a holy discontent). When it is more than merely whinging, this can be God's gift to motivate us. Then we should Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH). Through persistent prayer, God can change us. Thirdly, we should regularly repent, which means changing our minds to share Christ's mind. Finally, we need to recognise that God has given us a "get out of jail free" card. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 22 ]
11:00am, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Duration: 16 mins 4 secs
Many people are short sighted. Things are clear close up, but far away it's hard to see. Spiritually all people are short sighted. We are often blind to others and their needs. Jesus' encounter with the ten lepers shows us that God sees our human needs and helps us. Through his cross, he gives us the ability to see others in need and help them. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 21 ]
9:00am, Sunday, October 6, 2013
Passage: Luke 17:5
Duration: 19 mins 43 secs
What ways does Jesus give to grow our faith? First, to recognize the little mustard seed with which we begin. Then, to speak about it. Thirdly, by exercising it in prayer, in preparation, in attending to relationships based on forgiveness, and in doing Jesus' work. [ Organ - Pentecost 20 ]
11:00am, Sunday, September 29, 2013
Passage: Luke 16:25
Duration: 18 mins 30 secs
The story Jesus told of the rich man in hell looking up at the beggar Lazarus in heaven is a deeply challenging one. If nothing else, it reminds us that our actions on earth come from hearts devoted either to self-interest, or to the kingdom of God and therefore to the needs of those around us. And our choice has eternal consequences. May we seize the opportunity of a lifetime to accept the forgiveness offered by Christ and share his grace with those around us. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 19 ]
11:00am, Sunday, September 22, 2013
Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Duration: 13 mins 23 secs
(Between the Gospel reading and the address in today's service, we had a rendition with orchestra, choir and soloists of J.S. Bach's cantata BVW 105, "Lord, do not pass judgement on Your servant".) There are some things money can't buy - health, relationships, and eternal life. For these things there's God. Jesus pays the price of his life to secure our future. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 18 - Bach Cantata BWV 105 ]
9:00am, Sunday, September 15, 2013
Passage: Luke 15:1-10
Duration: 15 mins 15 secs
How very easy it is to get caught up in our own busyness, and not to notice wandering. This might be our brothers and sisters wandering away, or it might be our own wandering and loss of focus. Today's parables make clear that the heart of God is very much aware of those who wander, and that he pursues them. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 17 ]