Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Advent #4 – Quiet Joy (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Rejoice (Sunday 6 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-56Preacher: Phil Swain Do you have a Christmas memory that just makes you smile everything you remember it?  Something heart-warming or joyous that just captures the spirit of Christmas? Marion and I have a great memory of a Christmas conversation with Matthew when Matt was very young.  It was Christmas and we were doing something in the loungeroom, and Matt was chatting away.  (Which was not that unusual because Matt Read more

Advent #3 – Carols and Lessons (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Carols and Lessons (Sunday 13 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Various readings from the Biblical Christmas StoryPreacher: Phil Swain Our traditional Carols and Lessons for 2020. Seven readings from the Biblical Christmas story surrounded by beautiful carols. A highlight for our congregation in the Advent Season. INTROIT – O Come O Come Emmanuel Lighting of the Advent Candle 1st LESSON Isaiah 9:2-7 Once in Royal David City 2nd LESSON Micah 5:2-5 O Little Town of Bethlehem 3rd LESSON Luke 1:26-35,38 The Read more

Advent #2 – Rejoice (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Rejoice (Sunday 6 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-56Preacher: Phil Swain Secular historians concede that the birth of Jesus was one of the top world-changing events.   The irony was that at the time, nearly the whole world missed it.  At the time, less than 100 people even had an idea that the saviour of the world had been born – everyone else missed it completely. I wonder if we are any different.  Have you ever had one of Read more

Advent #2 – Children’s Christmas Experience (9am Worship)

This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting/live/ 5 Christmas Experiences (+Kindifarm). 9am – 10.30am.Christmas Sausage Sandwich & drink . 10:30am-11am. We have done some adapting to make our kids focused Christmas Service COVID friendly. We will break into 5 smaller groups and rotate around five Christmas experiences focusing on music, the Christmas story, helping others, craft, and meeting & patting the Kindifarm animals (supervised by the Read more

Advent #1 – Bringing Joy to the World (Night Church)

Theme: Bringing Joy to the World (Sunday 29 November, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-21Preacher: Phil Swain This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting/live/ A few months ago while chatting with some of our church’s young adults, the comment was made that after the year that we have had, with all its disruptions and pandemics, maybe this Christmas we need to focus on JOY. And so Read more

Advent #1 – Bringing Joy to the World (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Bringing Joy to the World (Sunday 29 November, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-21Preacher: Phil Swain Advent is here … and that means that Christmas is nearly here … and that means that 2020 is nearly finished… YEAH!!! A few years ago, I used as one of my Advent illustrations the Dr Suess story of how the Grinch stole Christmas.  You remember the story don’t you?  In a nutshell, there is the Grinch who, due to a bad childhood Read more

Advent #1 – Bringing Joy to the World (9am Worship)

Theme: Bringing Joy to the World (Sunday 29 November, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-21Preacher: Phil Swain This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting/live/ Kids Church Activity Sheet Download This advent our church is focusing on the theme of Joy. After the year that we have had, with all its disruptions and pandemics – this idea of embracing joy this Christmas seems to be more important Read more

Fear (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Distraction (Sunday 22 November, 2020)Series: Trip Hazards 10:45amBible Reading: Matthew 25:14-30Preacher: Phil Swain We’ve been working through this series on Trip Hazards … and people, like our Church Treasurer Rob, really seem to be getting into the theme.    I had some really encouraging feedback after last’s week’s sermon on distraction … especially the idea that Spiritual growth might require us to be aware of what can trip us up, to  work on our self-control and to make the Read more

Beyond Belief (Night Church)

Theme: Beyond Belief (Sunday 15 November, 2020)Series: November 2020Bible Reading: 1 John 2:18-25Preacher: Phil Swain This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting/live/ Last week MadMatt shared with us his story of finding purpose for his life through his faith in Jesus. This week Phil is building on this idea by asking the question, “Is there a difference between believing in Jesus and knowing Jesus?”. Using Read more

Distraction (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Distraction (Sunday 15 November, 2020)Series: Trip Hazards 10:45amBible Reading: Matthew 25:14-30Preacher: Phil Swain Last week we started a new sermon series based on the lectionary gospel readings from Matthew on Trip Hazards – things that can trip us up in our spiritual growth.  I shared a story about a time on the Hillsong chapel stage when I stepped backwards and didn’t see a foldback speaker and went sprawling over the floor.  The lack of awareness was my problem … Read more