Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Disruptive Spirit

Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10 As we approach Pentecost we continue to explore how the Spirit moved within the early church – and this week we are looking particularly at the Early Church in Thessalonica. Thessalonica was a busy city with a diverse group of people and religions – and the arrival of Paul with the gospel of Jesus was disruptive. But disruption can sometimes be good as we are forced to consider whether Read more

Healing Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Healing Spirit Bible Reading: Acts 3:1-11 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain In this period between Easter and Pentecost, we are exploring the way the Holy Spirit works within the church – both the Early Church as told in the book of Acts and our own church here at TUC. This week our reading is the familiar story of Peter and John healing a lame man at the temple and it raises a number of interesting Read more

Easter Sunday – The Unfinished Story…

Easter Sunday: The Unfinished StoryPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Mark 16:1-8 Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Phil sharing the way that Mark records the resurrection narrative and how we have the opportunity to write the next part of the resurrection story! I want to spend a little time while the kids are outside making the Easter Egg bags to explore one aspect of the Easter story that our reading from the Gospel of Mark highlights… Did anyone else feel Read more

Good Friday – Choices

Choices: Reflecting on the CrossWorship Leaders: Rev Phil Swain & Liesl Homes Our Good Friday worship is a creative and reflective time which will focus on the cross of Jesus. The service will include bible readings, visuals, interactive opportunities and reflections on the choices that were made during the Good Friday narrative and how we have been given the opportunity to accept God’s forgiveness, grace and life that we can find through the cross.

Palm Sunday – Listen to your Heart

Lent 6 – Listen to your HeartBible Reading: Mark 11:1-2, 7-11; Mark 11:12-17, 19-24; Mark 14:1-11Preacher: Rev Phil Swain This Sunday is last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy week. This week in the lead up to Easter can stir not only the emotions of those involved, but can stir our heart as well. In a different worship experience, this Sunday we will be having a some different opportunities where we can pause and “listen to our hearts”. Read more

Lent 4 – On the Side of Love

On the Side of LoveBible Reading: Mark 12:28-44Preacher: Rev Phil Swain What side are you on? In our journey towards Easter and the cross using the Gospel of Mark, we find ourselves in the middle of a tense discussion between Jesus and the religious leaders of the time. There was much debate about whether it more right to show honour to God by strict adherence to the law or whether God was more interested in the way we showed our Read more

Lent 3 – Respect or Reject

Respect or Reject? Whose example are you following?Bible Reading: Mark 12:1-17Preacher: Rev Phil Swain We continue to journey through Lent exploring the gospel of Mark and the passages where Jesus is helping people consider their choices and what impact those choices make. In the reading this Sunday we hear a parable about some tenants and a narrative of Jesus being asked about taxes … but as we have seen in the past few weeks, Jesus uses these experiences to help Read more

Lent 1 – Our need for a Saviour in the age of self-sufficiency

Our need for a Saviour in the age of self-sufficiency Bible Reading: Mark 10:17-31 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain This week we begin our Lent Worship journey … six Sundays that lead up to Holy Week and the Easter weekend. This year for Lent we will be exploring how Jesus helped people in the bible to peel away the superficial things and address the real and significant issues of the heart. We start this Lent journey in Mark chapter 10 – Read more

Vision Sunday 2024

VISION SUNDAY 2024Bible Reading: Mark 8:27-9:8 / Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Vision Sunday 2024 is an important day in our church year – a time where we cast a Vision of where God is leading us as a church for the next 12 months. Vision Sunday aligns with the key passage in our journey of the gospel of Mark – the question question of Jesus “who do you say that I am” and the follow up challenge to follow him. Read more

Life and Interruptions

Narrative Lectionary – Gospel of Mark “Life and Interruptions”Preacher: Phil SwainBible Readings: Mark 5:21-43 Our pastor Phil is back from holidays to continue the journey through the gospel of Mark that we have been exploring this year. We are up to Mark chapter 6 and a story of life and interruptions – the healing of a woman who had the faith to reach out to Jesus and the miracle of Jesus raising a little girl from the dead. These stories Read more