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