Sermons on Advent

Sermons on Advent

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

Advent – Imagine Peace

Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Last Sunday Kevin helped explored Christmas HOPE and the anticipation that a time was coming when weapons of war would be transformed into ploughs. Is this what PEACE is about? In our reading this week is also from Isaiah – Isaiah chapter 9, were find that this promised saviour will also be called the Prince of PEACE … but what sort of peace is this referring to? Using some Christmas symbols that we find 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

Advent #4 – Quiet Joy (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Rejoice (Sunday 6 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-56Preacher: Phil Swain Do you have a Christmas memory that just makes you smile everything you remember it?  Something heart-warming or joyous that just captures the spirit of Christmas? Marion and I have a great memory of a Christmas conversation with Matthew when Matt was very young.  It was Christmas and we were doing something in the loungeroom, and Matt was chatting away.  (Which was not that unusual because Matt Read more

Advent #3 – Sounds of the Season (Night Church)

Theme: Sounds of the Season (Sunday 13 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Curator: Jonty Cornford This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – This Sunday Jonty has pulled together a bunch of musicians from both within and beyond the congregation to present our carols service with a twist. Come and enjoy some different renditions of the traditional carols and yes … we can sing along!

Advent #3 – Rejoice (9am Worship)

Theme: Rejoice (Sunday 13 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 2:26-56Preacher: Sam Sadrata This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – Kids Church Activity Sheet Download It is with some sadness that this Sunday we will farewell our student minister Sam (as he finishes up his year of student ministry with us). It is also slightly ironic that that the topic for this Sunday is Rejoice! In Read more

Advent #3 – Carols and Lessons (10:45am Traditional Worship)

Theme: Carols and Lessons (Sunday 13 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Various readings from the Biblical Christmas StoryPreacher: Phil Swain Our traditional Carols and Lessons for 2020. Seven readings from the Biblical Christmas story surrounded by beautiful carols. A highlight for our congregation in the Advent Season. INTROIT – O Come O Come Emmanuel Lighting of the Advent Candle 1st LESSON Isaiah 9:2-7 Once in Royal David City 2nd LESSON Micah 5:2-5 O Little Town of Bethlehem 3rd LESSON Luke 1:26-35,38 The Read more

Advent #2 – REJOICE (Night Church)

Theme: Bringing Joy to the World (Sunday 6 December, 2020)Series: Advent 2020Bible Reading: Luke 2:26-56Preacher: Sam Sadrata This Service will be run in Hybrid mode, both in person at the church and LIVE on our Facebook page – We often hear that the goal in life is to be happy. But how do you find a sense of happiness when the things around you keep changing. This Sunday we are looking at the story of Mary and how she was Read more