Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 3)

Sermons by Rev Phil Swain (Page 3)

Christmas Day 2021

Our 9am Christmas Day worship is where we celebrated the birth of Jesus in a way which is full of life and love. We had some Christmas music with our Christmas band, “show and tell” (a chance for people to show off their Christmas presents), a creative talk for the kids (which has some of the biggest props Phil has ever made), some special Christmas prayers, and our minister Phil will be spoke about how Christmas is the moment when Read more

Ponder these things (9am)

Series: Near (Advent Christmas 2021)Theme: Ponder these thingsBible Reading: Luke 1:1-4, Luke 2:19Preacher: Rev Phil Swain It’s been a busy and intensive Advent journey and so this Sunday we are following the example of Mary and taking some time to “ponder things in our heart”. This will be a quieter, more relaxed worship service with things for the kids to do as well as time to be creative, to think and to discover. I am really excited about this different Read more

Through the Wilderness (9am)

Series: Near (Advent Christmas 2021)Theme: Through the WildernessBible Reading: Matthew 1:18 – 2:1Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year … but what about when it isn’t. This Sunday we are going to explore how the symbolism of the wilderness connects with the Christmas Narrative – including Jesus’ time as a refugee in Egypt. A different way of thinking about Christmas which taps into the hope and joy that comes with the Read more

Prepare the Way (9am)

Series: Near (Advent Christmas 2021)Theme: Prepare the WayBible Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 / Mark 1:1-3Preacher: Rev Phil Swain This Advent we are letting the voice of Isaiah and John the Baptist to help us focus on what Advent is about … Preparing the way for Jesus to come close to us at Christmas. Isaiah spoke to people going through a dark time that a light was coming. John was saying that one was coming who could save us. How do we Read more

On the Shoulders of Giants (9am)

Theme: On the Shoulders of GiantsBible Reading: 1 Thess 5:15-27Preacher: Rev Phil Swain On Christ the King Sunday we reflected on those who have gone before us – the saints of our church and our faith whom we have benefitted from their faith, their example and their mission. We really are standing on the shoulders of giants! We will be also hear a little about the world wide church with a short presentation from Sue Bolton about the persecuted church Read more

Choose | Serve (9am)

Series: Joshua | OnwardTheme: Choose | ServeBible Reading: Joshua 24:1-15Preacher: Rev Phil Swain In our last week of our Joshua sermon series we find Joshua at the end of his life and calling all the people of God together for a chat. Joshua reminds them of the faithfulness of God, but then challenges them to understand that being with God is more than a concept, when we choose God we also choose to serve. What does this mean for us Read more

Walls and Worship (9am)

Series: Joshua | OnwardTheme: Walls and WorshipBible Reading: Joshua 6:1-27Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Week #2 of our special re-opening sermon series “Joshua | Onward” we are looking at a key moment in the Joshua journey. Just after the joyous re-entry into the Promised Land, Joshua is confronted with a huge hurdle, the walls of Jericho. What are the hurdles that we are finding as we move into this new era of church life? And how can the trust of Joshua Read more

Strong and Courageous (9am)

Series: Joshua | OnwardTheme: Strong and CourageousBible Reading: Joshua 1:1-18Preacher: Rev Phil Swain After being restricted by COVID and lockdowns on and off for 18months we are starting to reopen and looking forward to 2022. But how do we prepare for whatever God has instore for us? Our Pastor Phil explores the Old Testament character Joshua to encourage us to be strong and courageous as we move onward – towards Christmas and into a new era of our church life Read more

Love and Life (10:45 Traditional)

Series: A deep dive into 1 JohnTheme: Love and LifeBible Reading: 1 John 1:1-4Preacher: Rev Phil Swain This week we are doing a deep dive into 1 John – a short letter from the bible that explores love and life and light and eternity. Taking the exegetical approach, we will be stepping through the passages line by line, but at the same time pondering how they can relate to us and what God might be saying in these words. We will also Read more

Spoiling the Illusion (9am)

Series: A deep dive into 1 JohnTheme: Love and LifeBible Reading: 1 John 1:5-7Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Continuing our deep dive into 1 John – this week we are stepping into the light and seeing what the light reveals. Taking the exegetical approach, this week we will be stepping through 1 John 1:5-7 line by line, and pondering how God is speaking to us through these verses. In particular we will explore the illusions that the world puts up to Read more