Sermons

Sermons

The Call to Shepherd (with Frontier Services)

The Call to Shepherd God’s call to love and care for all people throughout the wanderings of life Bible Reading: Luke 15:1-7 Includes sharing by: Rob Floyd (National Director Frontier Services) – Sermon + Tim Willson (Christian Union International) + the Commissioning of Daniel Gibb (TUC Children & Youth Worker)

Grow #2 – Finding Sacred Space

Grow #2: Finding Sacred Space / Connecting with God through PrayerPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Luke 11:1-19 This Sunday sees the return of the second edition our ongoing “Grow” series. In each of the months from May to September we have put aside one Sunday to focus on our church’s vision to grow in our spirituality and in our ministry and mission as a church. In the first of this series we considered how we were growing and reflected on Read more

God the Gardiner

Preacher: Liesl HomesBible Reading: Genesis 1:1-2,1:26-2:2, 2:7, 2:15 Pope Francis writes: “The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ Read more

Ephesians #2 – Saved by Grace

Ephesians #2 – Saved by Grace Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:1-22 As we continue our journey through the New Testament book of Ephesians we are confronted with the same question that the Early Church in Ephesus was facing … how are we made right with God? Other religions had a long list of things to do (or not do) in order to get into God’s good book … but Paul in our reading from Ephesians chapter 2 Read more

Grow #1 – How are you growing?

Grow #1: How are you growing?Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Psalm 42:1-11 We are having a short break from the Narrative Lectionary and using this time to explore some topics and readings that are particularly relevant to TUC. This Sunday we are revisiting our 2024 Church Vision and pondering the question, “How are you Growing?” Do you feel that your spirituality is feeling a little flat? Are you experiencing the growth that we hoped for on Vision Sunday back in Read more

Loving Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Loving Spirit Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 This week we read Paul’s famous discussion on love from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. We will ponder how love is the one de-constructable reality, the most fundamental principle of the universe, and the very essence of God. The sort of love that Paul calls us to in this passage goes against the world’s thinking where domination, control and pride are the logic of the Read more

Living Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Living SpiritPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-22, 50-58 In our series looking at how the Holy Spirit worked through the Early church, we have come to the Church at Corinth. Despite living in a cosmopolitan city, the first century people of Corinth were finding the worship offered by the usual religions unsatisfying. It was in to this context that Paul established the church with talk of the Holy Spirit that can Read more

Disruptive Spirit

Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10 As we approach Pentecost we continue to explore how the Spirit moved within the early church – and this week we are looking particularly at the Early Church in Thessalonica. Thessalonica was a busy city with a diverse group of people and religions – and the arrival of Paul with the gospel of Jesus was disruptive. But disruption can sometimes be good as we are forced to consider whether Read more

Healing Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Healing Spirit Bible Reading: Acts 3:1-11 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain In this period between Easter and Pentecost, we are exploring the way the Holy Spirit works within the church – both the Early Church as told in the book of Acts and our own church here at TUC. This week our reading is the familiar story of Peter and John healing a lame man at the temple and it raises a number of interesting Read more