Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 2)

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 2)

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

Christmas Snapshots – Christmas Day 2023

Christmas SnapshotsBible Reading: Luke 2:1-20Preacher: Phil Swain Kids Talk – The Christmas Tutor Education System!Sermon – “Christmas Snapshots” how the Biblical Christmas story shows us a snapshot of a profound truth. The Christmas Day sermon is always a tricky thing to do.  It feels like everyone comes on Christmas day to see each other, to joyfully sing the Christmas songs and to check out the creative kids talk.  By the time the sermon comes around, let’s be honest … you Read more

The Spirit of Christmas Play – Christmas Eve 2023

The Spirit of Christmas Play – A musical by the Countdown to Christmas kids and leaders and the TUC Young Adults. The play starts with Buddy the Elf searching for reason that the “Spirit of Christmas” meter has dropped and Papa Elf sends him and some other elves on an adventure through time to rediscover the spirit of Christmas. Admit the chaos and laughter, we will discover that within the heart of the Christmas story we can find the treasure Read more

New Growth: Isaiah

Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 As we moved through Advent Season we are this Sunday we are exploring how anticipation and hope (and also songs and music) can help us capture the Spirit of Christmas (which is Jesus). Our text from Isaiah 9 talked about how the Hebrew people hoping for a saviour “those living in a land of darkness a new light has dawned”. What are we hoping for or anticipating this year as we move closer towards Christmas. Are Read more

New Growth: Isaiah

Preacher: Phil SwainBible Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5 When you look around the world at all the conflict, the divisions, the selfishness – do you feel a sense of hopelessness. The prophet Isaiah felt the same 600 years before Jesus – and used an analogy of a desolate and trampled vineyard to describe the danger of turning away from God. But just when it seems the darkness is winning, there is a green shoot of new life – a branch growing Read more

Beloved – God’s Own Children

Preacher: Phil Swain Bible Readings: Hosea 11:1-9 As we continue the Narrative Lectionary Old Testament series, we have moved into the “prophets” section. Hosea is know as a prophet who uses a number of analogies to describe God’s relationship with us – but instead of focusing on the most well known of these analogies, we are delving into chapter 11 where God is described both as a loving parent and a roaring lion. How can these images give us insight Read more