Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Grow #2 – Finding Sacred Space

Grow #2: Finding Sacred Space / Connecting with God through PrayerPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 11:1-19 This Sunday sees the return of the second edition our ongoing “Grow” series. In each of the months from May to September we have put aside one Sunday to focus on our church’s vision to grow in our spirituality and in our ministry and mission as a church. In the first of this series we considered how we were growing and reflected on Read more

Ephesians #2 – Saved by Grace

Ephesians #2 – Saved by Grace Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:1-22 As we continue our journey through the New Testament book of Ephesians we are confronted with the same question that the Early Church in Ephesus was facing … how are we made right with God? Other religions had a long list of things to do (or not do) in order to get into God’s good book … but Paul in our reading from Ephesians chapter 2 Read more

Grow #1 – How are you growing?

Grow #1: How are you growing?Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Psalm 42:1-11 We are having a short break from the Narrative Lectionary and using this time to explore some topics and readings that are particularly relevant to TUC. This Sunday we are revisiting our 2024 Church Vision and pondering the question, “How are you Growing?” Do you feel that your spirituality is feeling a little flat? Are you experiencing the growth that we hoped for on Vision Sunday back in Read more

Loving Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Loving Spirit Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 This week we read Paul’s famous discussion on love from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. We will ponder how love is the one de-constructable reality, the most fundamental principle of the universe, and the very essence of God. The sort of love that Paul calls us to in this passage goes against the world’s thinking where domination, control and pride are the logic of the Read more

Living Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Living SpiritPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-22, 50-58 In our series looking at how the Holy Spirit worked through the Early church, we have come to the Church at Corinth. Despite living in a cosmopolitan city, the first century people of Corinth were finding the worship offered by the usual religions unsatisfying. It was in to this context that Paul established the church with talk of the Holy Spirit that can Read more

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