Continuing with the series on King David, this week we are looking at grief, sadness, and lamentation.
“Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice”
The recording for this week can be found here: https://youtu.be/AS1XgxCZ0P
A Brave Heart
Readings: 1 Samuel 17: 1-49
This Sunday we continue the series on King David, drawing lessons from the Goliath story. What can this teach us regarding the issues that loom over us in our lives?
If you are not able to join us – or just want to have another listen – the recorded sermon can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/nBwkyatIDjY
Theme: A Humble Heart (the first in a 5 week series based on the life of King David).
Luke 8: 4-8, 15
Micah 6: 6-8
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
(from Psalm 103: 11-12)
To listen to the recorded version of the sermon, click on this link:
Hope for the Helpless
Text: Psalm 130
Sub- Texts: Genesis 3:8-15 & Mark 3:20-35
The abiding image from the news this week was the dairy farmer who was winched to safety by a helicopter! Several hours before, he was moving his cows to safety in the dark when he was swept 1 kilometre down a flooded river before he was able to grab onto a tree in the middle of the raging torrent.
I wondered to myself – did he pray as he got swept away? Did he pray as he clung to the tree? Did he pray something along the lines of the Psalmist in Psalm 130:
“Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord…..” (v1)
You can view a recording of today’s sermon here: https://youtu.be/EcGZI8ERqS8
The Trinity of Love: Love God; Love your neighbour; Love yourself
Readings: Psalm 139: 1-18 & 23-24 and Luke 10: 25-37
Today’s service has been prepared by rev Ivan Pierce and is being delivered by a range of people from our congregation. The service sheet can be found on our News page, and, this week, includes a page of “exercises” to help you work towards loving yourself.
A video based on today’s service can be viewed at https://youtu.be/_zUW-HrLAPo
“It is typical of God’s calling to us that on the day of Pentecost, instead of being allowed to dwell on what it feels like and means to have tongues of fire resting on you, the disciples have to go straight out and start preaching.” (Lectionary reflections – Year A, by Jane Williams)
A recorded message for Pentecost can be found here: https://youtu.be/CmB8MYFgf8g
Departures & Arrivals
Text: John 17:6-19; Acts 1:1-10
“We, like the disciples, are called to journey into this world as bearers of a message, a way, a truth that has the power to draw the world back to God.
May we know this journey is blessed, prayed for, in the good company of God and other like minds, and ultimately the one good, true way to go.”
For those who cannot make the Service today, Hamish has recorded his message, which can be accessed here:
Text: John 15:9-17 & 1 John 5:1-6
In the passage from John, there is a theme of love and obedience. The biblical commentator Leslie Newbigin puts it this way:
“Life in the vine is love manifested in obedience, and obedience manifested in love.”
Copies of this week’s service sheet can be viewed on our News page, and a printable copy of the sermon will be uploaded there early next week. In the meantime, a recorded version of the sermon can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/BkvXHqMFTpI
Theme: Remaining Fruitful
Text: John 15:1-8; 1 John 4: 7-21
God is love.
When we take up permanent
residence in a life of love,
we live in God and God lives in us.
(1 John 4:17 - The Message)
The theme of the service today comes from John 15 where Jesus says he is the true vine and we are the branches.
When Jesus uses the image of the vine in John 15 he is drawing on along biblical lineage. The image is Israel as a vine planted in the promised land by God, care for by God, but with a mind of its own, prone to grow out of control and consequently becoming unfruitful.
This is the background well known to the Jewish hearers of Jesus as he said:
“I am the true vine, and the Father is the gardener (15:1)
A recorded version of this week’s message can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/tcTbP-sEjGM
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us
– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”
(1 John 3:16-24)
Today the lectionary readings encourage us to reflect on the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. Here in New Zealand, these readings no doubt have a different resonance for us on ANZAC Day than they will have for people in other parts of the world whose church services are centred upon the same passages.
On this day we remember and give thanks for men and women who courageously served our country in times of war. We think, too, of those who continue to serve in the armed forces and of people who are working to establish peace in conflict-ridden parts of the world. We pray for all those affected by war, and we pray for peace.
We pray, too, that we may grow in understanding of what it means for us to lay down our lives for others.
For those unable to come along on Sunday, Hamish has recorded a video covering the kind of messages we will be talking about in the service, which you can view here: https://youtu.be/IRRWxgo2-c8
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.