Christmas Snapshots – Christmas Day 2023

Christmas SnapshotsBible Reading: Luke 2:1-20Preacher: Phil Swain Kids Talk – The Christmas Tutor Education System!Sermon – “Christmas Snapshots” how the Biblical Christmas story shows us a snapshot of a profound truth. The Christmas Day sermon is always a tricky thing to do.  It feels like everyone comes on Christmas day to see each other, to joyfully sing the Christmas songs and to check out the creative kids talk.  By the time the sermon comes around, let’s be honest … you Read more

The Spirit of Christmas Play – Christmas Eve 2023

The Spirit of Christmas Play – A musical by the Countdown to Christmas kids and leaders and the TUC Young Adults. The play starts with Buddy the Elf searching for reason that the “Spirit of Christmas” meter has dropped and Papa Elf sends him and some other elves on an adventure through time to rediscover the spirit of Christmas. Admit the chaos and laughter, we will discover that within the heart of the Christmas story we can find the treasure Read more

New Growth: Isaiah

Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 As we moved through Advent Season we are this Sunday we are exploring how anticipation and hope (and also songs and music) can help us capture the Spirit of Christmas (which is Jesus). Our text from Isaiah 9 talked about how the Hebrew people hoping for a saviour “those living in a land of darkness a new light has dawned”. What are we hoping for or anticipating this year as we move closer towards Christmas. Are Read more

New Growth: Isaiah

Preacher: Phil SwainBible Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5 When you look around the world at all the conflict, the divisions, the selfishness – do you feel a sense of hopelessness. The prophet Isaiah felt the same 600 years before Jesus – and used an analogy of a desolate and trampled vineyard to describe the danger of turning away from God. But just when it seems the darkness is winning, there is a green shoot of new life – a branch growing Read more

Beloved – God’s Own Children

Preacher: Phil Swain Bible Readings: Hosea 11:1-9 As we continue the Narrative Lectionary Old Testament series, we have moved into the “prophets” section. Hosea is know as a prophet who uses a number of analogies to describe God’s relationship with us – but instead of focusing on the most well known of these analogies, we are delving into chapter 11 where God is described both as a loving parent and a roaring lion. How can these images give us insight Read more

Thanksgiving Sunday 2023

Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150 Thanksgiving Sunday is our opportunity as a congregation to pause and acknowledge our blessedness and give thanks to God – and Phil will be reflecting on the next part of David’s story and his ability to praise God and give thanks in all times and all situations. A shorter sermon today but hopefully still full of depth and helpfulness.  We continue to the David narrative.  Last time we heard how Saul had Read more

Anointed – David is chosen

Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 In our Old Testament journey we have reached the age of the Kings! Although God had promised the Hebrew people that God would be their king, the people really wanted a person king … but King Saul wasn’t quite working out as they had hoped. But God is a faithful God and through the process of discernment and anointing sets aside David to become a great leader for the Hebrew people. In Read more

Love – The 10 Commandments

Preacher: Gielie (Michael) LoubserBible Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 The 10 Commandments are sometimes seen as a list of “thou shall not” – that God is somehow the moral police making sure that we don’t do anything naughty. Can the 10 Commandments be seen in a more positive light? Not a list of don’t but a gift to us from God on how to live a blessed life? Is the core of the 10 commandments an expression of God’s love for Read more

Encounter – I AM

This Sunday is the beginning of the Narrative Lectionary cycle and we are diving into the Old Testament all the way up to Advent. Over the next 6 weeks we will be looking at some different characteristics of what it means to be part of a family – and in particular the family of God. This Sunday we will be exploring what it means to belong. The best place to start is the beginning and we will be ponding the Read more

Struggle – Jacob Wrestles

In Genesis 32, Jacob is on his way to meet his estranged brother. He has recently finished 14 years labouring for his uncle Laban. So there is a lot on Jacob’s mind. That night, Jacob confronts his demon angel and they wrestle through the night. Often we have those dark nights of the soul where we wrestle with personal issues and circumstances. After this struggle in the wrestling match Jacob is given a new name and identity. So this is Read more
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