Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain

Finding Hope and Generosity in the face of Scarcity and Fear

Sunday 26th January 2020 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Matthew 14: 13-21 As I said in my weekly email, I had in my mind to start by saying “Happy New Year” … but I acknowledge that for some people it has not been the happiest start to the year. Many of us have felt the weight of concern around all those effected by the bush fire crisis, and while the rain in the past week has been helpful – Read more

Christmas Day – The Greatest Story Ever

Phil provided an excellent sermon building on the fact that words are critical to a good story and the greatest story ever told was based on the Word – “THE WORD became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” He reminded us at Christmas time, God provides us hope, peace and MOST of all love in the birth Read more

Christmas Eve – SuperHero Christmas

The main part of our Christmas Eve Worship service is a musical rendition of the Christmas story performed by the Christmas Eve Workshop crew. The CEW musical this year is all about Super Heroes and the quest to find the “Symbol of Eternal Hope”  – the ultimate super hero who can save the world.   Christmas Eve 2019.Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:2,6,7Preacher: Rev Phil Swain & Brendan Atkins How good was that.  Let’s give them another round of applause for all Read more

Advent 4 – A Heart full of Love

Theme: A Heart full of LoveSeries: Advent – The Greatest StoryBook: AppleSauce and the Christmas MiracleBible Reading: Luke 2:1-16 (Jesus is born and the Shepherds)Preacher: Rev Phil Swain (and quoting a sermon by Rev. Diane Hendricks ) Ever felt like AppleSauce.  Christmas is here but we just aren’t feeling it. It is hard to be jolly when there are fires raging all across NSW.  It is hard to sing along with to Mariah Carey when you know that fire fighters Read more

Advent 3 – Finding Joy

Theme: Finding JoySeries: Advent – The Greatest StoryBook: Suzy Goose and the Christmas StarBible Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 (The Magi and the Star)Preacher: Rev Phil Swain

Advent 2 – Prince of Peace

Theme: Prince of PeaceSeries: Advent – The Greatest StoryBook: The Cat in the Hat Comes BackBible Reading: Isaiah 1:10-20 (and other readings from Isaiah)Preacher: Rev Phil Swain How many of us grew up with Dr Seuss?  Sorry … I should have said … “I grew up with Dr Seuss too, did you?” I have to be slightly honest … I am not completely sure what makes him so popular.  Sure, he has a great sense of rhyme and rhythm but Read more

Advent 1 – A Seed of Hope

Theme: A Seed of HopeSeries: Advent – The Greatest StoryBook: The Faraway SeedBible Reading: Luke 1:26-38 (Mary and the Angel)Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Did you like the story of the Faraway Seed? It had a real theme of disrupting the ordinary … The forest was very comfortable with things the way that it was.  Everything was normal, predictable, ordinary when the bird flew overhead and drop the seed and in the words of the book, “everything was not the same Read more

The Live Christmas Story

Title: The Live Christmas StoryPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Juke 2:1-7Preached at Turramurra Uniting Church in Sunday 24th November, 2019 Today’s service was to celebrate the message of Christmas with all our young friends and their families from the youth communities connected to the life of Turramurra Uniting Church – Turratots Occasional Childcare centre, Bugz kids youth group, TurraTurtles playgroup, Kids Church and others – along with a lively group of live farm animals. Today’s recording reflects the “organised chaos” Read more

Bible 3 16

Title: 316Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Daniel 3:13-18Preached at Turramurra Uniting Church in Sunday 17th November, 2019 DOWNLOAD HANDOUT HERE We all know John 3:16 … but did you know that there are some other 3:16’s in the bible which can also speak of God’s love & grace?  Today I want to show you something which I found really amazing that when I was exploring my bible a few months ago.  It started with a prayer a number of years Read more