Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

“The Journey” Coming down from the Mountain

The reading starts with the transfiguration of Jesus where the voice of God confirms to Peter, James and John that Jesus is indeed God’s son and the Messiah.  Peter wants to stay up on the mountain but instead Jesus leads them back to reality.  In a literal “coming off the mountain top” experience – the disciples are then confronted with the real world …  a father with a sick child who is desperate for help. The sermon explores the tension that we find in our own lives to hold together those moments (such as worship) where we feel so close to God and other moments when the real world seems to dominate and we struggle to connect our faith to it.

Thanksgiving Sunday

Sunday 16th September 9am Worship Sermon Series: Extravagant Generosity Title: Thanksgiving Sunday Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Sermon As I have already mentioned before… I grew up in a church where we would have a yearly Harvest Festival Church Service … a time when everyone would bring in lots of produce and other crafty stuff and give thanks for God’s wonderful provision.  Did you have that experience?  I remember listening to lots of Harvest Festival sermons which Read more

Extravagant Generosity

Sunday 9th September 9am Worship Sermon Series: Extravagant Generosity Title: Extravagant Generosity Bible Reading: Malachi 3:8-18 and Micah 6:6-8 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Sermon You know these types of phone calls.  Early evening, often around dinner.  This particular phone call happened a few years ago but it went something like this: Me:      Hello, Phil speaking. 2:         Hello sir.  I’m calling on behalf of the ABC research centre.  They do amazing work helping sick kids who have x,y and z diseases.  Read more

Passionate Worship – Disconnected

Sunday 29th July – 9am WorshipSermon Series: Passionate WorshipTitle: DisconnectedBible Reading: Amos 5:21-24Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Sermon Let me tell you about something that you probably don’t know.  When I was about 17, I and 4 of my close friends, started up a ministry group to work alongside little country churches to reach out to their communities.  It last for about 18 months and we did probably 20 events during that time.  We even had a name.  We called ourselves “Josiah’s Read more