Theme: Noah’s ark prefigures baptism
Text: Genesis 9:8-15; Mark 1: 9-11; 1 Peter 3:19b-22
In the reading today from 1 Peter 3, we hear that the ark prefigures baptism….we have this thread through the lectionary readings today, first from Genesis 9 the story of the flood and ark, then from Mark a baptism, Jesus, followed by Peter indicating those two stories are related – that Noah’s story prefigures or is a type of baptism.
Watch the recorded version of today’s service and sermon here:
Can you think of a time when you felt so busy that you were out of control, in danger of burn-out or running on empty? Sometimes the busyness is filled with good things, exciting momentum and a buzz of activity that creates an adrenalin rush capable of carrying you through… but for how long!
Jesus knew this situation absolutely! His ministry was young but was proceeding full bore! It was exciting, successful, attracting a buzz of demands and popularity!
We explore this a bit more in this week’s sermon, which you can view here:
Text: Mark 1: 14-20
The timeless truth of Mark 1: 14 -20 is - it is all about a Momentous Moment, a Momentous Calling and a Momentous Movement. The urgent message to then and now is don’t miss this magic moment!
Make a decision to work for the kingdom of God and make it the priority calling of your life! The task is urgent!
Here is the link to the recorded version of the service for today:
Jonah: A reluctant prophet, some repentant sailors, and the worst sermon ever preached!
Anne Shave leads us in exploring the story of Jonah this week, and a recorded version of the service can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/7GOBTPqE9TQ
In addition to this if you would like to watch an entertaining and informative nine-minute overview of the book of Jonah, check out this Youtube clip where Jonah is explained using graphic art - the story is sketched as the commentary is spoken:
Merry Christmas everyone!
We are looking forward to a candlelit service at 11.30pm tonight (Christmas Eve) and then Christmas Day at 9.30am.
Hamish has recorded the message that he will be giving on Christmas Day, and that can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/SW0IBHfn3-M
Services on 27th December and throughout January will be at the usual time of 10am, however the recording of services will only resume mid-January.
We wish all a peaceful and blessed Christmas.
The consistent message of the angels is: “Don’t be afraid. God is with you. God has things under control.”
The Reflection for today’s service explores this further, and a recorded version can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/bOLSrdXyeKg
Family Nativity Service
Today is our all-age Christmas service, and we are so looking forward to the children acting out the story for us.
For those unable to make it, there is a wee video that outlines a little of what is happening.
Second Sunday in Advent
Theme: The Good News Highway
This week we will be enjoying communion together. The service is also being live streamed so that you will be able watch the whole service from 10am onwards (or pick it up some time later) by going to the following links:
The theme this week is “Day is on the Way”
Anei tatou na ko te po,
ana tatou na he ra ki tua
Here we are in the night,
but day is on the way
The readings are from Isaiah 64: 1-9 & Mark 13: 1-3, 24-37.
It is also the first Sunday in Advent, and we begin our time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Birth of Christ.
Light one candle for hope,
One bright candle for hope.
He brings hope to everyone.
He comes. He comes.
As usual, we have a short form recorded service available, and you can view that here: https://youtu.be/8hMY-4FYNxE
This week’s theme is “Passing the Baton”.
The readings are: Deuteronomy 31: 1-2, 7-8; 34:9 and Mark 10: 13-16.
For those unable to join us – or for those who want another look – here is the recorded version of the service: https://youtu.be/k22nDfy5GyY
Worship Services are held at 10am every Sunday. For those unable to join us in person, a recorded version will be available from 9am each week.