The Visit: a sermon from 23rd December 2018

Mary was too young, a virgin: Elizabeth was too old, barren. Both were somewhat outcast because of their pregancy background, but would bear children who would accept and embrace those in society nobody else wanted. Can we welcome people in our neighbourhood, our community in the same manner as Jesus did - being akin to the light of our Advent candles, reflecting the glory of Jesus to come to others? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGGx-gamI34
More

Gratitude: a sermon from 9th December 2018

It's so easy to look at our day to notice what is difficult, and what we need. But, if we start from a place of gratitude, we stop to notice the opportunities, we stop to notice God in that moment. With the TV and retailers bombarding us with what they think we need for Christmas, why not bring gratitude into your preparations? How different may the days running up to Christmas be, if we approach them thanking God for who we are, for those around us and for all that we have? With thanks to Forest Hill South Park for their video on gratitude, which rounded up our service today. https://ww...
More

Advent: a sermon from 2nd December 2018

As the new Church year starts with the first Sunday of Advent, Anne talks about our Gospel reading, as we unpack Luke 21 - and Jesus warnings of the end times. However, we can choose to live as the children of God, seeing the good things in life; the blessings of this world. We can hold fast to the promise of summer following spring and look forward not just to Christmas later this month - but the wonder of life in eternity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6lCNuVVWOQ
More

Remembrance: A sermon from 11th November 2018

Peace isn't an immediate thing. It won't happen quickly and it's highly unlikely as Remembrance Sunday comes to an end that peace will come by tomorrow. But God stays the same, despite the situations we find ourselves and our world in - so we must continue to pray for God's steadfast love to bring his promised peace to our conflicted world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI8qbCkLubw
More

Blessed Are …or Thou Shalt Not?

Bunch of carrots
Not just blessed; but supremely so; that’s what beatitudes represent. These are a vision of what it means to follow Christ and to be the ideal disciple. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful,...
More