Sunday 16th April 2023 – Easter 2
Acts 2: 14a & 22-32: Peter’s point in this passage is simple, especially to the ears of people living in our time and age: Jesus the one who was crucified is risen - for death could not hold Him.
John 20:19-31: John tells of the events after Easter that led the disciples from paralyzing fear to great joy.
Belief, or faith, is an important matter in John’s Gospel. In fact, John says that he has written hi entire Gospel that people will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life.
You can access our Bulletin (service sheet) for today's service on our News page, and you can watch the recording of the sermon here: https://youtu.be/K5u5CJ3d5Y4
Sunday 9th April 2023
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Today is Easter Day, and we celebrate with our brothers and sisters around the world the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection.
In the centre of the Christian faith is this narrative – even in death there is hope of new life!
Watch the recorded sermon for today – Resurrection & Restoration – here: https://youtu.be/3XTQEbNy2jg
Grace be to you and peace, from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, risen from the dead!
Sunday 2nd April 2023
Hebrews 12: 1-3
Matthew 21: 1-11
Let us come before the Lord today, lifting our hearts in praise.
May we be ready to follow him
with ‘Hosanna!’ on our lips
and love for him in our hearts.
The Sermon for today – The Race of Faith – can be watched here:
Go with us, good Lord, on our journey to the cross and beyond.
Help us to pass on our enthusiasm to others.
Keep us faithful to Jesus, our saviour and friend.
Stir up our praise as we look forward to Easter Day.
Sunday 26th March 2023 – 5th Sunday in Lent
Wait and watch for God!
Even when we feel in the depths of death and despair?
Wait and watch for God!
Even when life seems like a night that never ends?
Wait and watch for God! In God there is constant love and kindness.
We will wait and watch with hope.
Ezekiel 37:1-14: In a vision, Ezekiel sees a valley of dry, dead bones. “Can these bones live?” The breath of God works a miraculous transformation.
John 11: 1-15 & 38-44: An abbreviated reading of the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.
The recorded worship and sermon can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/9Din859by_c
Sunday 19th March 2023 – 4th Sunday in Lent
Ephesians 5: 8-14: Paul writes encouraging us to actively seek to know how we should live, not just as individuals but as a community of faith.
John 9:1-23: Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth, thus provoking a controversy about sin and sinners.
The recording of today’s sermon can be watched here: https://youtu.be/do-inPVFPeg
Sunday 12th March 2023
The text today is from John 4:5-27, 39-42, when Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman about ‘living water’ and then He reveals himself to be the long-awaited Messiah, the Saviour of the world. Many Samaritans come to believe in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony.
You can watch the recording of the sermon here: https://youtu.be/57a8F2sq_Uk
Sunday 5th March 2023 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
Reading: John 3:1-17
Our text today – where Nicodemus visits Jesus to find out more about this teacher - talks about the new life that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
May we, like Nicodemus, be open to the ‘more’ God has for us, humble enough to acknowledge we have more to learn and courageous enough to investigate Spiritual encounters with God.
You can watch the recorded sermon here: https://youtu.be/eC4gyexEMaI
The Lord says,
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.
I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you,
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
(Adapted from Ezekiel 36:25-27)
Sunday 26th February 2023
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
We are not here because we have found God
but because God our Creator has called us here,
challenging us to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
and to be servants in the service of the whole human family.
But the call is also God’s promise:
A promise of forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
and eternal life in that realm which has no end.
Blessing and honour and glory and power be to God!
Today’s sermon can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/a9hJp07pSC8
Exodus 24:12-18: Moses and Joshua, at the command of God, ascend the mountain taking with them representatives of the people. At the half way point Moses and Joshua continue alone. God, signified by the descending cloud, meets them there.
Matthew 17: 1-9: Jesus takes three of his disciples up on a mountain. There he is miraculously transfigured before them and a voice declares, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with whom I am well pleased; listen to him!” The disciples, upon seeing the vision and hearing the voice, were overcome by fear.
Transfiguration is not a word which is in common usage. We are more familiar with the words transform, transcribe, transfix or transgress.
Transfiguration is one of those “church” words which have a specific meaning. Because this is Transfiguration Sunday, in this context, the word refers to Christ’s appearance in radiant glory to three of his disciples on the mountaintop. Before the eyes of the disciples Jesus was transformed into something more beautiful or spiritual. The Transfiguration experience was a revealing to the disciples who Jesus really was: God’s Son, the Messiah or Christ.
Jesus was changed so as to glorify – which is what, in this context, the word transfigure means.
The Sermon for today - Good things come to those who wait! – has been recorded and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Mb3AZz6rlDc
The Choices we make
Making a decision is not always easy. We weigh up our options, think of all possibilities, consider what the outcome may be and then, if you are like me, procrastinate for a while. Those who Moses was leading through the desert were good at this. They wanted Moses to make the decisions for them and then they complained when they didn’t like the choice he made. How like those people are we?
The recording of the sermon can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/YxkDqnTE7xU
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.