Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 2)

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 2)

Palm Sunday & Songs behind the Hymns

Palm Sunday & Songs behind the Hymns Contains Kevin’s Palm Sunday mini-sermon and Phil’s two mini-sermon “Story behind the Hymns” … When I survey the Wondrous Cross and Thine be the Glory. Enjoy! Isaac Watts wrote “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” in preparation for a communion service in 1707. Originally, the hymn was named “Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ,” following the practice of the day to summarize a hymn’s theme in the title.   Isaac Read more

Lent #5 – Loosening the Chains of the Spiritually Poor

Loosening the Chains of the Spiritually Poor Bible Reading: Isaiah 1:13-20 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain In the last of our Lenten Series on Loosening the Chains we are looking at how we can help the spiritually poor. What does it mean for a person to be spiritually poor and how does the upcoming Easter message speak to this. A powerful ending for our series on injustice and a great way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Click here to Read more

Lent #3 – A Broken world and broken people

A Broken World and broken PeopleBible Readings : Micah 6:6-8 / Luke 7:36-50Preacher: Rev Kevin Kim As our Lent journey brings us closer to the cross, this week we are considering the injustice and oppression that arise from “morally poor” decisions – issues such as racism, climate change, corporate greed and more. What does Jesus and the Bible say about these issues and how can we as Christians begin to loosen the chains of the injustice that morally poor decision Read more

Lent #2 – Eradicating Extreme Poverty, Hunger and Preventable illnesses

Loosening the Chains of the Materially PoorEradicating extreme poverty, hunger and preventable illnesses Bible Readings : Luke 19:45-47, Luke 8:43-48Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Last Sunday we were given a Lenten challenge to pray more, to give to those in need and to fast in the spirit of Isaiah 58 – to loosen the chains of injustice. But when the issues of extreme poverty, hunger and preventable illnesses are so large and complex, it can be overwhelming to know what to Read more

Lent #1 – Transforming Lives and Communities

Transforming Lives and CommunitiesBible Readings : Isaiah 58:1-12 / Luke 4:16-21Preacher: Rev Phil Swain We stand, between two seasons. Behind us is Epiphany, the period in which We begin our Lenten journey towards Easter with a world which is full of hardship and difficulties. The European war, East coast floods, and the heating up of politics before an election are wanting to dominate our thinking. But Lent traditionally is a time for prayer; fasting; and almsgiving (helping others). Lent is Read more


Series: Vision 2022Theme: Vision Sunday 2022Bible Reading: Romans 12:1-3, 9-13Preacher: Rev Phil SwainDate: 13 February, 2022 Vision Sunday 2022 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. Our pastor’s – Phil and Kevin – shared an honest reflection on how we have gone with our church’s vision over the past two years before reminding us again the core Read more

The Fine Line between Hope and Discouragement

Series: Vision 2022Theme: The Fine Line between Hope and DiscouragementBible Reading: Exodus 15:22-27, 2 Corinthians 4:7-18Preacher: Rev Phil SwainDate: 6 February, 2022 As we stand at the beginning of a new year and a new era in our church, yet for some, we are not sure after the last two years we can get excited. Our experience of the disruptions and lockdowns of the previous two years has made us a bit wary of hoping too much, lest we get Read more

The Art of Abiding

Series: A deep dive into 1 JohnTheme: The Art of AbidingBible Reading: 1 John 2:15-17Preacher: Rev Phil SwainDate: 2 January, 2022 Continuing our slower paced worship for the summer break and the fourth sermon in our 1 John series. This week we dive deep into 3 verses of chapter 2 and learn about life, and being close to Jesus and Phil shares a great illustration to bring it all together. Click here to download Kid’s Activity Sheet Click here to Read more

Sin vs Love

Series: A deep dive into 1 JohnTheme: Sin versus LoveBible Reading: 1 John 1:8 – 2:14Preacher: Rev Phil SwainDate: 26 December, 2021 As we slow down for the summer break, we are jumping back into our ongoing 1 John sermon series with our next block of the book. In this sermon we will be exploring how John addresses the question of sin but not from a judgemental point of view but rather as an inhibitor to love and spiritual growth. Read more