Sermons on Luke

Sermons on Luke

Advent 1 – A Seed of Hope

Theme: A Seed of HopeSeries: Advent – The Greatest StoryBook: The Faraway SeedBible Reading: Luke 1:26-38 (Mary and the Angel)Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Did you like the story of the Faraway Seed? It had a real theme of disrupting the ordinary … The forest was very comfortable with things the way that it was.  Everything was normal, predictable, ordinary when the bird flew overhead and drop the seed and in the words of the book, “everything was not the same Read more

The Live Christmas Story

Title: The Live Christmas StoryPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Juke 2:1-7Preached at Turramurra Uniting Church in Sunday 24th November, 2019 Today’s service was to celebrate the message of Christmas with all our young friends and their families from the youth communities connected to the life of Turramurra Uniting Church – Turratots Occasional Childcare centre, Bugz kids youth group, TurraTurtles playgroup, Kids Church and others – along with a lively group of live farm animals. Today’s recording reflects the “organised chaos” Read more

Questions about the Resurrection

Preached Sunday 10th November, 2019 at Turramurra Uniting Church Series:Real People, Real QuestionsGuest Speaker: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 20:27-38 How does it feel to be excluded?  Have you ever had the experience of being left out?  How did it feel? This series was designed to explore some of the real questions that real people ask.  This week I had a reminder of just how real this is.  I have been involved in helping plan and officiating at for three Read more

The fear of inclusiveness

Preached Sunday 3rd November, 2019 at Turramurra Uniting Church Series:Real People, Real QuestionsGuest Speaker: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 19:1-10 How does it feel to be excluded?  Have you ever had the experience of being left out?  How did it feel? As you would know, I am somewhat of a confident person and self-esteem has never really been an issue for me.  However, I have felt the pain of exclusion.  One memory is of my first Boys Brigade overnight camp.  Read more

Being Judgemental

Preached Sunday 27 October, 2019 at Turramurra Uniting Church Series:Real People, Real QuestionsGuest Speaker: Geoff LeslieBible Reading: Luke 18: 9-14 Reflection I had the most amazing grandfather who was an incredible influence on my faith journey, even though at the time I did not realise it. He was an elder at his church from the age of 16 to the time he died in his early 90s. His lifelong philosophy was “if you couldn’t say something nice about someone, don’t Read more

Whats the deal with Prayer?

Preached Sunday 20 October, 2019 at Turramurra Uniting Church Series:Real People, Real QuestionsPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 18:1-8 Sermon We live in an age of google when you think that people should not have any questions anymore (just google it) but people do.  Actually, I think that people have more questions than ever.  What I want to explore today is what we do with those questions… When I was at theological college, we had small groups of students and Read more

What do you Value?

Sunday 11th August, 2019Theme: Imagining Hope Week #1Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 4:38-44 Sermon Text Can you believe that it is August already?  This year just seems to be racing through at a frantic pace. Maybe it is not time that is racing at a frantic pace, maybe the problem is that many of us race through life at a frantic pace.  Maybe we have packed so many things into our weeks, that we are so busy with our Read more

My Father’s Business

Sunday 21st July, 2019Night ChurchPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 2:41-52 Who here does the same job as their parents … or thinks that when they start working they might do the same job as your parents … sort of be “following in their father’s footsteps” so to speak.  Anyone?  Do you know what my dad is?  Yep, he is a minister … but you gotta believe me, him being a minister is not the reason I became one as Read more

On the road to Emmaus

Preached at 9am Worship on Sunday 27th MayBible Readings: Luke 24:13-35Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Today’s reading is the traditional Sunday after Easter Sunday reading – the Walk to Emmaus.  There is a lot in the passage that we can explore … but it’s the Sunday after Easter, it is the end of the school holidays – and to be honest, I haven’t really had the energy or desire to put into researching and writing a full-on 20 minute sermon this Read more

Good Friday 2019

Good Friday 2019 Welcome and Introduction Welcome to our Good Friday service. Last Sunday we gathered here and celebrated Palm Sunday with palm waving, treasure hunts and fun.  Today is different.  Today we gather to focus on the cross and the death of Jesus our saviour.  It is like the sunshine of last Sunday is a fading memory as the dark clouds have swept in.  Today is difficult.  The story is not pleasant and reminds us of the unpleasant aspects Read more